University of Michigan Law School
Civil Rights Litigation Clearinghouse
Title "Accessible Pedestrian Signals: San Francisco Sets an Example"
Date May 16, 2007
Author Lainey Feingold, Jessie Lorenz
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Abstract Accessible Pedestrian Signals are a vital component of any pedestrian safety program for people who are blind or have low vision. Accessible pedestrian signals, commonly referred to as APS, provide both an audible and a vibrotactile method of informing pedestrians when the visual WALK signal is displayed. As a result of both a strong, multiyear community advocacy, spearheaded by the California Council of the Blind and the LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired, a northern California agency, and the structured negotiations process, San Francisco now has approximately 690 APS devices installed at 70 intersections throughout the city. This article reviews the technical specifications that are being used in San Francisco and the advocacy effort behind the installations, and discusses the impact of APS on the community of people who are visually impaired.
Source American Foundation for the Blind

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case San Francisco APS Agreement (DR-CA-0011)

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