Sydney leads the way for visually impaired citizens (Australia)

By Admin Eltis / Updated: 07 Oct 2014

Australia’s most extensive network of pedestrian Braille signs that will help visually impaired citizens and visitors navigate the streets of Sydney is nearing completion. 

The first stage of the project will see 38 prototypes of the new tactile signs installed along one of the city’s busy pedestrian routes. The results will be used to refine the design before the full roll-out of an estimated 2 000 signs at all signalised city pedestrian crossings. 

The launch of the prominent and interactive signs and messages follows a trial where the text, font size, colours, legibility and layout were tested. The city consulted Vision Australia, a non-profit organisation that provides services for people with blindness and low vision, and Guide Dogs NSW/ACT during the design phase. 

‘Braille and tactile signage is a valuable tool for reassuring people with vision loss that they are heading in the right direction to their destination, and complements the assistance they may get from a long cane or a guide dog,’ said Jennifer Moon from Guide Dogs NSW/ACT. 

‘We congratulate the City of Sydney on taking the initiative to ensure people with vision impairment can more easily and safely navigate the city.’

For more information, visit the City of Sydney’s website.

Photo: hillmontbraillesigns.com.au

Country: 
Australia
Topic: 
Transport for people with reduced mobility