|Jacque Olsen||September 9, 2002|
I would like to voice my support for detectable warnings and accessible pedestrian signals to help blind and visually impaired people navigate more safely. I am visually impaired and I use a guide dog as my mobility aid, but I live in a large metropolitan area (Phoenix, Arizona) and it is becoming increasingly more difficult for me to determine when it is safe for us to cross when crossing at lighted intersections. This is especially true when we are crossing at an intersection without a large volume of traffic in the direction that we are walking. It is also a problem when crossing busy streets at pedestrian-only crossings.
This will also become an issue as
Phoenix and surrounding cities develop the light rail transportation system that
was recently passed by the voters. I would like to think that these types of
issues will be
addressed during the design process.
Thank you very much for your
consideration of my concerns.
(Mrs.) Jacque Olsen
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