Will Removing All Road Signs Make Us Safer?
By TH!NK by IBI
DateDecember 8, 2017
Is it possible that road signs make us less safe, as both drivers and pedestrians? What would happen if we just got rid of them all? That idea might sound outlandish, but it’s already being tested in multiple countries across Europe.
One of the biggest challenges to these scramble intersections, as outlined in the video above, is access and safety for those with disabilities. The autonomy of individuals who rely on tools like auditory signals on crosswalks or raised and ramped curbs to help navigate a street with their cane is at risk in these news systems. While drivers are forced to look for all pedestrian hazards, wherever them may cross, accessibility activists say that this doesn’t provide enough safety or inclusivity for the part of the population trying to navigate this intersection with disabilities.