To Whom It May Concern:
I am a blind person living in Southern California. I have been crossing the
street, safely for many years, and find your proposed actions to be abhorrent.
Re: ATS noise makers: As a sighted person, when the light turns green, do you
just plow ahead into the street, or do you look both ways to see if some idiot
is not obeying the traffic signals? As a blind person., if you install these
"chirping/cuckooing things, you are removing our ability to "look" both ways
before venturing into traffic. We listen to traffic to see which way it's
flowing and then, safely, cross the street. The noisy ATS machines are, in fact,
a detriment to safety. There are, however, alternative to these machines that I
find acceptable. The newer machines give the pedestrian at the corner the choice
to use or not use these devices. It is my understanding that these are
comparable in price (approximately $4,000 per pole) .
Re: Detectable Bumps: As a blind person who walks in public everyday, both in
urban and suburban areas, I find the concept of tactile bumps to be ridiculous.
My cane, and those of all of the blind people I know, finds, effectively, curbs,
berms, grass edges, and whatever else comes along quite effectively. The
"truncated dome" rubberized crossing strips are problematic for most of the cane
travelers I know. They have a tendency to "grab" the tip of a cane, not to
mention the discomfort it will cause some of the folks traveling in wheelchairs.
Again, it is my understanding that this project will cost an estimated $40
Billion. I think that this is quite a chunk of money that could be much better
spent (education comes to mind) -since we do not want this.
Thank you for taking the time to read my comments. I hope you will see fit to
help people who want your help in the future. I, for one, do not, in this case.
October 18, 2002
To Whom It May Concern:
I find your proposal to install detectable rubberized domes at every
intersection in America is fiscally irresponsible and not needed. I ask you,
"How many blind people have been hit by cars because they did not know where
they were?" Billions of MY tax dollars, wasted on a project that is not wanted
by the people for whom it is intended.
In addition, the noise made by those chirping crossing warnings is annoying to
both blind and sighted people. The world has enough noise pollution. My
community has one at the hospital entrance. I can tell you from experience; they
wake tip the sick. Aside from that, they interfere with the safe crossing of the
street by interrupting the sounds of the traffic. We listen to the flow of the
traffic to, "see" if it's safe to cross. Maybe, in some extreme situations, they
are necessary. However, there are alternatives to the chirping ATS's, ones that
are tactile or speak or chirp on demand. These alternatives are comparatively
I thank you for taking the time to read my concerns.