Florida DOT meets with Lighthouse about pedestrian safety
Florida Department of Transportation met with instructors from Lighthouse Vision Loss Education Center Friday to get first-hand information on street crossing safety. Six representatives of FDOT examined the crosswalks at U.S. 41 and University Parkway, a wide and heavily traveled intersection.
Lighthouse Assistive Technology specialist Randy Reed Knows the intersection well, crossing daily white cane in hand to alert motorists to his blindness. Rehabilitation Managers Maddy Spencer, Latricia Gambrell and Angela Freniere teach mobility at Lighthouse, including pedestrian safety with a white cane.
The DOT workers tried out the canes as a means of sensing road surface and crossing markings. They discussed what the most helpful safety features would be, and what may be lacking. Pedestrian signals that beep audibly and sidewalk dots that signify a crosswalk are among the features found at some intersections.