Safer crosswalks for the visually impaired
On April 18, 2017, the Miami-Dade County Board of County Commissioners unanimously adopted a resolution sponsored by Commissioner Rebeca Sosa to explore methods of providing smarter, safer sidewalks for the visually impaired. County officials will have 90 days to seek means for the installation of special crosswalk signals and accommodations around vision centers, hospitals, and other key locations that are heavily frequented by visually impaired pedestrians as directed by Commissioner Sosa’s resolution.
Commissioner Sosa stated, “By exploring advances in crosswalk technology, my hope is to ensure that public areas frequented by visually impaired pedestrians provide safer crosswalks to further facilitate their independence and mobility.”
Highlighting the need for such enhancements, the 2015 American Community Survey estimates that there are more than 50,000 individuals with a vision difficulty in Miami-Dade County, of which over 30,000 are 65 years of age and older.
“As we take measures to encourage pedestrian activity in Miami-Dade County, we must remain sensitive and considerate of the challenges faced by our disabled neighbors, especially those with visual impediments,” affirmed Commissioner Sosa.
Link to legislation: http://www.miamidade.gov/govaction/legistarfiles/Matters/Y2017/170828.pdf