September 10, 2002
I am writing to request your support of the
PROWAC report regarding detectible pedestrian signals such as tactile warnings
such as tiles we can feel with our feet or canes etc. to let us know when we
are approaching dangerous intersections, edges of platforms, etc.
I live in Dayton Ohio; most of the downtown curbs
have been made so flat to accommodate wheelchairs that they really pose a
danger to those of us who are blind. My guide dog is trained to stop at an
elevated curb, a slope.ramp, or any change in elevation; however, she can't
be expected to stop when/where there is no change and before we know it, we're
in the street. When I trained at Pilot Dogs, Inc. in Columbus, most of the
downtown intersections had the three rows of raised bricks which would let us
know we were approaching the curb. They were a great help.
Once again, please support the need for pedestrian
safety for those of us who are blind and visually impaired.