As some of you probably already know, after getting involved with one of the RNIB’s How I See campaigns all about whether Canes should stay white or if they should be coloured to represent our individualities, I recently upgraded my boring old White Cane to a very bright and glossy Red one. One of the arguments towards Canes staying White was that Coloured Canes may not be as safe, and that everyone recognises a White Cane as the universal symbol for being Blind or Visually Impaired. Well i’ve been using my Coloured Cane for a little while now, and I thought that I would tell you if that in fact is the case.
To truly find out whether or not people actually notice a White Cane more than a Coloured Cane, I conducted a little experiment.
Now I only tried this with a White Cane and a Red Coloured Cane, so the results may be slightly different depending on the colour of your Cane, but I travelled through Leeds Train Station, which is actually one of the busiest Train Stations in the UK, at 5:30pm on an extremely busy Friday afternoon.
What happened when I used a White Cane.
When I travelled through Leeds Train Station with a White Cane, I was nearly walked in to and was shouted at by extremely rude people a total of nine times, and was actually walked in to and had my collapsible Cane forcibly collapsed on me a total of five times.
What happened when I used a Coloured Cane.
When I travelled through Leeds Train Station with a Coloured Cane, I was nearly walked in to and was shouted at by extremely rude people a total of three times, and was actually walked in to and had my collapsible Cane forcibly collapsed on me only once.
My overall thoughts.
Overall I would have to say that using a Coloured Cane is definitely better than using a White Cane, as judging by the results of my little experiment, people are more aware of something that’s brightly coloured. But like I said in my previous post about the RNIB’s How I See campaign, I still think that it’s a personal preference as to whether or not you want to use one.
Now as I said above, my little experiment wasn’t exactly scientific, but I do think that it gave some really interesting results.
What kind of Cane do you use? Would you ever consider using a Coloured Cane? What do you think my little experiment shows us? Please let me know down below.