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Urban Quality continues to improve accessibility on sidewalks and adapts pedestrian crossings for people with cognitive needs (11/11/2020)

"Stop, look, stop car and cross" is the sequence of four pictograms that from today are being painted on pedestrian crossings in Alhama, through the Department of Urban Quality, with the aim of standardizing and improving mobility on the roads public services for people with cognitive needs.It is an improvement, approved unanimously by the municipal plenary session last September, to continue working on inclusion and universal accessibility.

It is the second action of its kind with images that is carried out in Alhama, after the #PMR campaign in 2018.The signage consists of the drawing of a sequence of pictograms in the first and last strip of the pedestrian crossings, which is the first place where we fix our eyes when we are in front of it.

In this case the pictograms serve as visual signals to cross processing messages through simple images.It has been limited to four figures so that the information is clear and does not escape the field of vision, they are also blue in line with the traffic signs, within the scope of Road Safety.

On the other hand, blue is also the representative color of autism, thus giving visibility to this group, one of those who will benefit from the initiative.

The sequence has been standardized, it does not vary with respect to the initiatives that are being carried out in other parts of the geography, in the same way that the 'STOP' signal remains the same throughout the world.

In addition to people with ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder), those with comprehension difficulties, intellectual disabilities or older, among others, will also benefit.Among other actions, the City Council, within the first phase of remodeling the La Cubana park, is also undertaking works in the children's areas, installing inclusive games, as well as modifications to the pavement and sidewalks of the environment so that they acquire the character of an itinerary accessible pedestrian, with identifying signs. The councilor for Urban Quality, Pedro López, has emphasized the improvement of accessibility in the municipality: "it is another step towards integration, which helps to increase security conditions and the autonomy of people." He also explained that the City Council has several projects underway, "one of them is the realization of a national day of accessibility and social inclusion".

He also highlighted the actions being carried out to improve public roads, "we are remodeling numerous passageways with tactile paving adapted for people with visual disabilities."

Source: Ayuntamiento de Alhama de Murcia

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