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Seeing a way to keep streets clear.

Guide Dogs for the Blind are calling on the public and the planners to make streets safe for those with sight problems.

The A-Z Guide to Street Obstacles, published by the Guide Dogs for the Blind Association, features suggestions for obstacle-free streets.

It features Slalom Street and a pop-up pavement, with three-dimensional pedestrian obstructions, and offers advice preventing obstacles.

Suggestions include cutting overhanging hedges and removing badly placed advertising boards and wheelie bins.

Tom Pey, guide dogs director of policy, said: "We know of cases where vision impaired people have received serious facial injuries from sharp, overhanging branches, or have stumbled on uneven pavements.

"Frequently we hear of clients walking into advertising boards, while others have been forced into the road close to traffic they cannot see because cars are parked, blocking pavements. We're working with local authorities, politicians, retailers, drivers and other residents to make a difference."

The guide also urges against dropping litter, as glass cuts guide dogs' paws and chewing gum sticks in dogs' hair.

* Copies of the guide which the are available from www.guidedogs.org.uk/saferstreet or 0118 983 8281.
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Title Annotation:News Local
Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Mar 31, 2004
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