Blind and partially sighted to be helped by street safety audit

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Blind and partially sighted people will be helped as the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) launch a campaign to make streets safer on Monday.

As part of the campaign volunteer Natalie Doig will be carrying out an audit in Biggleswade.

She will be looking out for obstacles such as cars parked on pavements, wheelie bins being left unsafely and advertising boards being left in unsafe positions.

Central Beds Councillor Budge Wells and Biggleswade Councillor Bernard Rix will join Natalie and both have agreed to wear a blindfold or ‘sim specs’ which simulate different eye conditions. This will help them to understand how blind and partially sighted people navigate streets.

RNIB’s Regional Campaigns Officer for the East, Emily Papaleo will also be joining the walk.

Natalie said: “On Saturday I will be auditing the same streets comparing a weekday with a weekend. Saturday is also market day in Biggleswade so I am expecting it to be very busy.”

On both days Natalie will start from her house on the King’s Reach estate and walk into the town centre.

For more information visit www.nib.org.uk/onmystreet