October 20, 2002
To Whom it May Concern:
I am a blind person writing to support implementation of the public
rights-of-way guidelines for accessible traffic signals and detectable warnings.
Those blind people who tell themselves and others that they do not need
accessible traffic signals are living in the past. In recent years, streett
intersections and traffic patterns have become more complicated. Drivers have
become more aggressive, and cars are being built to run more quietly. In such an
environment, blind pedestrians need every bit of information available to assist
them in judging when it is safe to cross the street. Furthermore, the
state-of-the art signals' spoken messages can give us valuable orientation
information which sighted people receive without question or debate.
I also support implementation of the standards for detectable warnings. If a
street is quiet, it is possible to enter the street unknowingly where detectable
warnings are lacking.
Please implement these guidelines so that all pedestrians will travel more
easily and safely.