Far-reaching Buttons for Visually Impaired to Cross Roads|北市有声号志常故障 视障者过马路不便
Few seem to notice about this useful little device, it's usually somewhere close to a crosswalk, it's an audible signaling devise to assist the visually impaired. However a Taipei City councilor found that the audio buttons often malfunctions or even difficult to find, making it nearly impossible for the impaired citizens to reach. A visually impaired citizen tries to find out the audio button that calls for a green light in the intersection. Some have found that it is almost impossible for the visually impaired to locate the button at certain intersections since they are set in far reaching spots. (Are you able to find your way through Jianguo Elevated Road?) (From this side of the road to the other…) This is the first time that I try to walk across this intersection. If I had no help, I wouldn't be too confident about cross the road. Because I'd panic, and it's really difficult to read the button. A Taipei City councilor recently pointed out that the audio buttons for visually impaired citizens have been installed on many weird places, such as among trees, in the garden, and many of them are often blocked by motorcycles and transformer boxes. Some also suffer from issues such as frequent breakdowns and inadequate volume, which makes it nearly impossible for the visually impaired to locate the buttons by sound in the middle of loud and busy streets. We've found that the audio buttons often malfunctions and its volume fluctuates randomly, sometimes it even can't be found. That makes it difficult for the visually impaired citizens to located the buttons. The office in a month will thoroughly examine the location of all the audio buttons in Taipei City. The Taipei City Traffic Engineering Office has promised to enhance their supervision on the busier intersections in one month. Many visually impaired citizens said the incomplete equipment at intersections makes them feel less safe when crossing the roads and they hope the city government would listen to their feedback.