New audible pedestrian signal installed for blind people at BSU

Americas, April 19 2011

Boise, ID USA: People with impaired vision have some new high-tech help crossing the street on the Boise State University (BSU) campus.

Audible pedestrian signal at Boise State University campus. Picture Courtesy: http://www.ktvb.com

Audible pedestrian signal at Boise State University campus. Picture Courtesy: http://www.ktvb.com

The audible pedestrian crossings are at University Drive and Lincoln Avenue, and at University and Joyce.

“Automobiles have become so much quieter and intersection crossings have become more complex. This combination has made it more challenging for the blind and visually impaired to safely cross our area roadways,” said Brian Jain with the Idaho Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired.

In addition to the verbal cues, the crossings are equipped with raised arrows to help orient pedestrians and with a push button that vibrates.

The two audible pedestrian crossings at BSU are the first of their kind in Ada County.

The Ada County Highway District installed them, and will study their effectiveness to determine where to place similar crossing systems in the future.

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