October 28, 2002
I am writing as a blind student who is opposed to the proposed regulations for
Audible Pedestrian Signals. I think there are some merits to the mechanism, but
I would hate for the promotion of APS' be made solely on the need of the blind
as opposed to the general public. There needs to be further pedestrian safety
factors in place across the country, whether it includes blind travelers or
You and I probably face many misconceptions concerning the abilities of blind
people. I fear that the installation of such evident and visible aids would only
handicap the blindness community, as the result of the general population
assuming that because there's APS in place at certain locations, that's the only
location the blind can go.
I think further research with a wider spectrum of blind travelers needs to be
done to investigate the design and implementation of the APS. I would love to
serve on such a committee.
With Warmest Regards