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Madison city officials stress pedestrian safety for people who are visually impaired

MADISON (WKOW) — Madison city officials and the Wisconsin Council of the Blind & Visually Impaired stressed pedestrian safety on Wednesday.

Wisconsin’s White Cane Law states that a person operating a vehicle must stop at least ten feet from someone who is using a white cane or guide dog. The city of Madison has proclaimed Oct. 15 as White Cane Safety Day, and recognizes the importance of pedestrian safety year-round.

“Pedestrian travel is not a luxury,” said Madison Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway. “Taking Steps to ensure pedestrian routes are accessible is of great importance to staff at the city.”

Rhodes-Conway added Madison has the most pedestrian signals per capita. She also said she’s working with Madison Metro to improve accessibility to bus stops over the next five years.


Emily Friese

27 News Producer

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