Tag: Pedestrian Safety

The legs of a person walking on snow with the aid of a white cane.

With the Right Preparation, Winter Conditions Need Not Be Dangerous and Disorienting

“Winter is not a season. It’s an occupation.” -Sinclair Lewis One look at Sinclair Lewis’ quote and it makes sense that the American writer grew up in Minnesota. Winter weather causes ice and snow, school closings, power outages, car accidents, falls and broken bones. It also should cause planning and extra caution. For people with… Continue Reading With the Right Preparation, Winter Conditions Need Not Be Dangerous and Disorienting

A sign reading "push button to turn on warning lights" mounted above a button on a street light.

Show Them the Money: Potential New Funding Sources for Pedestrian Safety Features

“Great idea, but we just don’t have the money.” It’s a refrain that’s painfully familiar to every advocate who deals with policymakers at any level of government. Pedestrian safety is a prime example. Safety features like sidewalks, signalized intersections, accessible pedestrian signals, proper curb ramp placement and tactile warning fields all come with significant costs.… Continue Reading Show Them the Money: Potential New Funding Sources for Pedestrian Safety Features

A man riding in a trishaw pedaled by another man

A Bicycle Built for You?

Experiencing a disability, whether a physical one that limits mobility or a sensory one like vision loss, can affect the way we take part in outdoor recreation. But it doesn’t necessarily mean the end of a particular activity. Take bicycle riding, for example. In recent years, a few different forms of accessible cycling have emerged… Continue Reading A Bicycle Built for You?

A person using a white cane approaching stairs

Getting Around: O&M Training Provides the Skills for Safe, Independent Navigation

Learning to travel safely is an essential skill for people living with vision loss. This is especially true when traveling outdoors, even in a well-known environment such as one’s own neighborhood. And those skills are even more important when navigating unfamiliar territory. If you just received your first mobility cane, proper training is critical to… Continue Reading Getting Around: O&M Training Provides the Skills for Safe, Independent Navigation

Graphic Make way for pedestrians Take steps to advocate for safe streets in your community

Join Us for ‘Make Way for Pedestrians,’ a Webinar on Making Our Streets and Sidewalks Safer

We are all pedestrians. Whether we walk to work, to friends’ homes, to a public transit stop or just stroll the neighborhood for exercise, everybody needs and deserves access to safe sidewalks and street crossings. On September 7 starting at noon, the Council is partnering with the Sierra Club and 1000 Friends of Wisconsin for… Continue Reading Join Us for ‘Make Way for Pedestrians,’ a Webinar on Making Our Streets and Sidewalks Safer

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Grassroots Advocacy: Concrete Ideas for Sparking Change in Your Community

  Suppose there’s an intersection in your town where drivers are often inattentive to pedestrians and don’t slow down even when someone obviously wants to cross the street. As a person living with vision loss, you don’t feel safe walking there, and feel forced to look for a different route. Your local transportation commission could… Continue Reading Grassroots Advocacy: Concrete Ideas for Sparking Change in Your Community

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The legs of a person walking on snow with the aid of a white cane.

With the Right Preparation, Winter Conditions Need Not Be Dangerous and Disorienting

“Winter is not a season. It’s an occupation.” -Sinclair Lewis One look at Sinclair Lewis’ quote and it makes sense that the American writer grew up in Minnesota. Winter weather causes ice and snow, school closings, power outages, car accidents, falls and broken bones. It also should cause planning and extra caution. For people with… Continue Reading With the Right Preparation, Winter Conditions Need Not Be Dangerous and Disorienting

A sign reading "push button to turn on warning lights" mounted above a button on a street light.

Show Them the Money: Potential New Funding Sources for Pedestrian Safety Features

“Great idea, but we just don’t have the money.” It’s a refrain that’s painfully familiar to every advocate who deals with policymakers at any level of government. Pedestrian safety is a prime example. Safety features like sidewalks, signalized intersections, accessible pedestrian signals, proper curb ramp placement and tactile warning fields all come with significant costs.… Continue Reading Show Them the Money: Potential New Funding Sources for Pedestrian Safety Features

A man riding in a trishaw pedaled by another man

A Bicycle Built for You?

Experiencing a disability, whether a physical one that limits mobility or a sensory one like vision loss, can affect the way we take part in outdoor recreation. But it doesn’t necessarily mean the end of a particular activity. Take bicycle riding, for example. In recent years, a few different forms of accessible cycling have emerged… Continue Reading A Bicycle Built for You?

A person using a white cane approaching stairs

Getting Around: O&M Training Provides the Skills for Safe, Independent Navigation

Learning to travel safely is an essential skill for people living with vision loss. This is especially true when traveling outdoors, even in a well-known environment such as one’s own neighborhood. And those skills are even more important when navigating unfamiliar territory. If you just received your first mobility cane, proper training is critical to… Continue Reading Getting Around: O&M Training Provides the Skills for Safe, Independent Navigation

Graphic Make way for pedestrians Take steps to advocate for safe streets in your community

Join Us for ‘Make Way for Pedestrians,’ a Webinar on Making Our Streets and Sidewalks Safer

We are all pedestrians. Whether we walk to work, to friends’ homes, to a public transit stop or just stroll the neighborhood for exercise, everybody needs and deserves access to safe sidewalks and street crossings. On September 7 starting at noon, the Council is partnering with the Sierra Club and 1000 Friends of Wisconsin for… Continue Reading Join Us for ‘Make Way for Pedestrians,’ a Webinar on Making Our Streets and Sidewalks Safer

A hand holding a megaphone

Grassroots Advocacy: Concrete Ideas for Sparking Change in Your Community

  Suppose there’s an intersection in your town where drivers are often inattentive to pedestrians and don’t slow down even when someone obviously wants to cross the street. As a person living with vision loss, you don’t feel safe walking there, and feel forced to look for a different route. Your local transportation commission could… Continue Reading Grassroots Advocacy: Concrete Ideas for Sparking Change in Your Community