October 22, 2002
I'm very much FOR any and all audible pedestrian signals and hope to see these
in widespread use in the very near future. As a partially sighted traveler I use
these APS's as part of my cues to know when to cross, and note that many senior
citizens who have more sight than I do, appreciate these devices as a means of
cuing them when it's OK to cross. While nothing's perfect and while one should
never count on only one source to know when and when not to cross, APS's are an
absolute must as a good all-around indicator.
I especially appreciate the APS's that tell you what street you are on because I
can't read street signs. The more of these around, the better off I am as a
I would like to point out that while there is one group who claims to be the
voice of the blind, who opposes APS's, most of us who are legally blind and
totally blind endorse them fully. The notion that APS's are only for the blind
is absurd, and the selfish opposition of this one group of militant blind is not
the voice of the majority of us.
Please, go forth and put up APS's everywhere to help not only the blind, but an
aging public that can really benefit from these. Ignore the ignorant cry from
the one militant blind group that would have you take them all out, and help us
travel more safely.