|Ginger Bennett||September 8, 2002|
This message is to inform you that I am in complete support of detectable warnings and accessible pedestrian signals as set forth in the PROWAC report.
As I am sure you well know, crossing busy streets can be difficult and sometimes dangerous for any pedestrian, but for those of us who are blind, crossing a busy street without the same cues as that of a person with sight can mean serious injury, or death. I feel that the lack of non-visual information available at any given intersection leaves me at a much greater risk than the "normal" pedestrian.
My daily routine includes 6 and 8 lane crossings, some of which have APS at this time. I recently requested a signal at an intersection that was very difficult for me to cross because of the intermittent traffic. The installation of this device has greatly enhanced my ability to judge the light correctly thus increasing my safety immeasurably. Another resident who is blind in the complex has also benefited from this simple addition to the built environment.
Please, I urge you to consider the immediate needs of Persons who are blind or visually impaired who do not possess the superior travel skills and abilities necessary to navigate safely on America's roadways. I am aware that the philosophy of some blindness organizations prohibit the support of this effort but there is no excuse for taking it one step further to relentlessly campaign against accommodations such as detectable warnings on subway platforms and auditory pedestrian signaling when, for some, it is a matter of life or death. Walking is an important form of transportation for those of us who are blind and safer streets can only enhance our independence and freedom.
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