19 September 2019
By Bryan Smyth
Cllr. Ted Tynan has called for urgent improvements and upgrades to be made to a number of pedestrian crossings at Ballyvolane and Mayfield which are inadequate for people with visual impairment. Cllr. Tynan said that the audible alerts from the pedestrian crossings in question are either not working or are totally inaudible and he says they are putting the safety of older and visually impaired pedestrians at risk.
Cllr. Tynan said: “It is now several decades since audible alerts were first fitted at pedestrian crossings in Cork city. They are the norm in the city centre and are widely fitted on the southside of the city but many of those in the Ballyvolane and Mayfield areas are not up to scratch and are barely audible or completely mute.”
The Workers’ Party councillor called for regular checks on all pedestrian crossings to check that lights and audible signals were working properly but also to ensure that adequate time was given for people of all ages and abilities to cross the road safely.
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