NYC to Get More Audible Crosswalk Signals

Wednesday, Sep 28, 2011  |  Updated 4:42 PM EDT
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NYC to Get More Audible Crosswalk Signals

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To help make crossing the street easier for elderly New Yorkers and the visually impaired, city officials announced plans Wednesday to install more audible pedestrian signals at 25 intersections within the next year.

The audible devices emit a clicking sound that alerts sight-impaired pedestrians that it's time to walk.

Officials said 21 intersections citywide already have the devices, and another 25 are due to get them.

To request an audio cue, pedestrians press a button -- which also makes a clicking sound to help them locate it.

"The new APS signals, along with the shortened crossing distance and additional traffic upgrades in one of Chelsea's most dangerous intersections, are upgrades that are good for people of all ages,” said City Council Speaker Christine Quinn.

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