A pioneering study shows how better street design can transform life for people with low vision, helping them to become more confident and more mobile.
Sight Line: designing better streets for people with low vision bases its recommendations on a review of how eight blind and partially sighted people navigate their local streets. It includes a new mapping technique to communicate how residual sight users, long cane users and guide dog users use a combination of sound, touch, and memory to get around independently and safely.
One third of people find the most difficult thing about losing their sight is the way it affects getting out and about. Sight Line found some features which should boost their confidence are hindering it: local authorities using blister paving differently, for instance, demarcating the pavement edge at both controlled and uncontrolled crossings.
CABE contributed funding towards this piece of research, conducted by Ross Atkin at the Helen Hamlyn Centre, Royal College of Art.