The residents of The Hague are either antisocial or not very smart, at least that’s what you might think when you see dozens of scooters and bicycles parked on the guide lines (for people with a visual challenge) for the umpteenth time. But what do you do about it?
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Blind and partially sighted people are supported by the guide lines that are located everywhere in The Hague. The white ridges can be found between the ‘normal’ street tiles. However, not every resident of The Hague understands the usefulness (and necessity) of those lines and does not keep the tiles free with the aid.
Blind and visually impaired
On the route from The Hague Central Station to the city center, the guidance lines are often not visible, let alone felt. Simply because people park their bicycles and scooters on the tiles. Inconvenient of course, so what can you do when a blind lane is blocked? We will ask.
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First we call Bartiméus, where they are committed to support the blind and partially sighted. They don’t know whether there are many complaints about the inaccessible stripes, but they do find it antisocial. ‘Several campaigns have been conducted to draw attention to the function of the guide lines. It is a pity that people do not realize how much these lines are necessary for a group of people to be able to move safely.”
What can you do about it?
Despite various campaigns by the Municipality of The Hague, such as in the Week of Accessibility, the stripes are not always understood. A spokesperson says: “We do a lot by pointing out people via signs where they are not allowed to park their bicycle or scooter, for example. Take the Turfmarkt. There it is mandatory to park your bicycle in a place for which it is intended, such as a shed or a parking space.”
In the area around the Spui there are a lot of bicycle coaches that you can contact with wrong parkers, but in other places where bicycles or scooters are parked where they do not belong, there is no quick solution. For example, it is not the intention to call the police. “We are not here to help with that,” said a spokesperson. “The municipality must be informed for this, they will then solve it.”
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But then, how long does it take for those bicycles and scooters of the white lines have been removed? We will call the municipality for this. “In consultations between the municipality (enforcement officers) and the police, it is determined for each district which has the highest priority when combating all kinds of nuisance. Pursuant to the Road Traffic Act, our enforcers can intervene if the nuisance caused by incorrectly parked bicycles is very great, but taking immediate action depends on whether there are enough colleagues and whether there are no other important cases of nuisance at that time.”
Solving the problem that many blind and partially sighted people (literally) encounter is unfortunately not a priority. The only solution there is now, when you encounter vehicles on the lines, is to report it to the municipality. You can reach the municipality of The Hague