Hi Ian and Chris,
Audible signals or lack of them was the bane of my life during my career with Guide Dogs for the Blind. Of course, the addition of tactile cones gave the impression of helping but in the vast majority of installations the cone is at the periphery of the tactile paving and then in the worst cases nowhere need the kerb edge. The following gives an idea as to where this issue can cross over into the realms really dangerous.
I understood the challenges faced by not only the visually impaired pedestrian but also the traffic engineer who had to ensure that the pavement width allowed for buggies, mobility scooters, wheelchairs and the like. Understanding how a visually impaired person uses their mobility aid has given me a unique insight to take into the traffic industry and I shouldn’t wonder that I am the only Guide Dog Mobility Instructor who is now working in the traffic industry.
ultimately people will ask for the solution that is available rather than the solution that works as they know of nothing else but as Chris has said the Neatebox solution has the potential to really make a massive difference for those less able and their ability to not only cross the road safely but also independently.
this last clip is from a BBC report on our work
great to have the opportunity to discuss on this forum.