New sonic crossing signals will help the visually impaired

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The city is rolling out 25 “sound investments” to help the visually impaired safely cross streets.

The “Accessible Pedestrian Signals,” which are already affixed to 21 intersections, emit a clicking sound that sonically alerts the sight impaired when the “walk” phase occurs at at a traffic light. The technology was most recently installed at Seventh Avenue and 23rd Street in Manhattan, a location that was ranked in 2007 in the top 3% of Manhattan intersections for pedestrian deaths and injuries.

Twelve of the 25 requested new locations have already been approved by the city and will be set up in all the boroughs except Staten Island, officials said yesterday.

These efforts, however, still fall short, said Julia Pinover, director of the New York office for Disability Rights Advocates. “The city should have a plan to evaluate all the intersections in the City,” she said.

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