“Associations: Tactile Paths Are for Visually Impaired and Not for Bikes, Scooters”

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The leader of the federation of the associations of visually impaired persons, Vojin Perić, said that obstacles that cropped up on tactile paths made their moving more difficult, and in such context he mentioned bikes and scooters that could pose a great danger to the blind.

“Tactile paths are for the blind. Bike and scooter drivers are not supposed to use those paths as those vehicles are a great danger for the blind and partially sighted people. Bicycles and scooters cannot be heard, blind people cannot identify them, and all that can lead to accidents,” Perić said. 

He said that in Croatia there were an estimated 5,900 blind persons and of them 1,100 are in the city of Zagreb.

According to the Croatian Public Health Institute’s register of persons with disabilities, in 2019 there were 27,092 persons with visual impairments, which is 5.3% of the total number of persons with disabilities. 

The associations warn about low allowances for the blind. In Croatia, it is about €200, while, for the sake of comparison, in Serbia this monthly allowance is €260, in Bosnia and Herzegovina €204,or €700 in France and Italy, and €630 in Austria.

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