|Alanson P. "Hap" Holly||September 9, 2002|
I very much support detectable warnings and accessible pedestrian signals in the Public Rights of Way. As a blind commuter who spends almost 2 hours traveling each working day, I very much appreciate the warning strip that borders the tracks on the Crystal Lake, Illinois Metra station I use each day. This "detectable warning" provides comforting tactile feedback through my cane as I maneuver along the train platform.
On the other hand, as my hearing leaves something to be desired, accessible pedestrian signals would assist me in more safely crossing streets, especially where there are turn lanes. I am understandably hesitant to cross until I believe the turn lanes have cleared out. Few things have frightened me more than finding myself midway across the intersection when the lights change. Because I doubt my hearing at times (even while using a hearing aid) and due to having experienced such panic, I no longer cross a 4-lane street at the light without sighted assistance. This is an unnecessary nuisance as I may have to wait several cycles for someone to offer help, thereby drawing far more attention to my physical disability than an audible pedestrian signal ever would.
Please help me to be that much more independent and to maintain some personal pride by supporting the proposed regulations from the Public Rights of Way Advisory committee.
Alanson P. "Hap" Holly
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