Blindfold walk with Greater London Authority Transport Committee
Following our evidence session at the Greater London Authority's Transport Committee enquiry into the safety of pedestrians, we visited Oxford Circus with members of the Transport Committee on 28 February to look at crossings and the provisions made available for blind and partially sighted people.
Valerie Shawcross, the Chair of the Committee, agreed to don 'sim specs', which simulate sight loss conditions, while she crossed the junction at Oxford Circus. Ms Shawcross said "I found it really difficult to cross in the time allowed."
We also found that having only a rotating cone and not an audio signal on a crossing point is an issue at busy crossings like the one at Oxford Circus as it is difficult getting to the control box. This is potentially very dangerous for blind and partially sighted people who may follow other pedestrians out onto the road in the path of oncoming traffic.
The event was covered by both ITV and BBC London and we hope that recommendations about improved crossings will be made to Transport for London and the Mayor.