Know more about pedestrian awareness, “Campaign Planner:” Connected Crosswalks for the Blind

In regards to access, the ATS project on 31st and Harvard, Ranch Acres, in Midtown Tulsa, OK, has made substantial improvements because of technology modernization.  

Funding was made available from Tulsa City-County Street & Road Tax initiatives including Crosswalks for Blind Tulsan’s.  More audible signal crossings for the blind IN TULSA COUNTY is definitely a positive step in the right direction for many Americans with Disabilities.

I remember meeting Elizabeth on Friday, January 20, 2017 at around 1:00 p.m. in the afternoon. Elizabeth is a visually impaired blind woman who has two lifetime challenges.

-The first challenge is that she is blind.

-The second, Elizabeth is homeless.

Elizabeth says, “I fell in a pot-hole on 27th & Harvard. I wish Tulsa could do more to help the blind and homeless people prevent accidents.”

Although Elizabeth faces challenges everyday, she remains optimistic about the future of the Ranch Acres, Midtown Tulsa, OK, community where she lives.

The Ranch Acres Community has been a bustling center of off-beat mom and pop shops. Services like antique & shoe polishing, nail salons, recreation gyms, kitchen and home decor, insurance, vision, dental, political and social activists and medical offices, farm to table grocers and dry cleaners. And now more recently, Medical Marijuana Dispensaries.

Ranch Acres, Midtown Tulsa, is an `ivory mix of international conservative modernists whose spiritual and moral traditions have created a comfortable haven for middle to upper class residents in Midtown Tulsa.  However, there is a small class of disabled Tulsan’s that enjoy this part of town as well. And alternate life-stylers who enjoy pot.

Making MIDTOWN TULSA walkable for Blind and Other disabled people means; healthier pathways for blind people; a greater share of revenue; and convenient access to services.

In the middle of preparing photography and video footage for this news article, Elizabeth came over to me in a pedestrian crosswalk that was not yet in service. Elizabeth asked me to help. I said Sure, I’ll give you a hand.  Then I guided her through the pedestrian crosswalk. Elizabeth thanked me for helping her cross safely. And then we parted ways.

During Our Cross, Elizabeth said, I am really concerned for my safety on the streets. I fell in a pot-hole and hurt myself really badly. I wish the City of Tulsa would do more Hawk crosswalk ATS improvements. I told Elizabeth that, All this street road work is to make pedestrian crosswalks safer.  I also told Elizabeth that I am the founder of PACE TULSA NETWORK, A think- tank that addresses things like crosswalks and pedestrian awareness education online in forums.  She cheerfully smiled and thanked me for helping her cross the marked and protected intersection.

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