MMDA Opens 3 Talking Pedestrian Lanes for Persons With Disabilities

MMDA Opens 3 Talking Pedestrian Lanes for Persons With Disabilities -- The Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) opened a very commendable infrastructure owing to assist the metro's disabled persons or Persons With Disabilities (PWDs). The move is also to celebrate today's International Day of Persons with Disabilities.

The new pedestrian lanes are located  along:
  1. Aurora Boulevard corner JP Rizal
  2. Aurora Boulevard corner Cubao, and 
  3. Santolan Road corner Marcos Highway
According to MMDA chairman Francis Tolentino, the said facilities will be equipped with necessary audio warning systems to send alerts to the users, when it is safe to cross the street.

In other countries like Japan, lanes like these are also equipped with corrugated portions or raised pattern to provide additional guide for the blinds. They will be able to sense their way and direction by using their walking sticks. While they are walking the lines, a voice assistant is also constantly playing for continuous guidance. This is how the feature looks like:
walking-lanes-for-the-blinds

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I hope this can be adapted here in the Philippines. It will be a big help in assisting our disabled citizens in walking their ways within the Metro. But highly commendable work for MMDA, nonetheless.

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