2.2.1 Cities Unlocked
People in the UK are living in cities that were first designed 300, 400 and 500 years ago. These cities were not designed for the needs of today’s citizens.
A city like London can be challenging to negotiate for everyone. When you have limited sight the challenges are endless (Cities Unlocked, 2015):
The journey begins at home … You’re contemplating whether to go out today. Is it going to be a nightmare or is it going to be a great experience? [There are] 180,000 [people] in the UK today who choose not to go out because it is too fraught with risks, anxieties and problems.
The projectat the Future Cities Catapult in London is working with Microsoft and the Guide Dogs for the Blind Association to design innovative solutions that will help people who are blind and partially sighted as well as everyone else to navigate the city more enjoyably and effectively.