New pedestrian signals have audible w...

New pedestrian signals have audible warnings

There are 14 comments on the Akron Beacon Journal story from May 15, 2008, titled New pedestrian signals have audible warnings. In it, Akron Beacon Journal reports that:

Walk down the 300 block of East Market Street in Akron and you can hear the sound of chirping.

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86 Grump

Strongsville, OH

#1 May 16, 2008
Don't worry, be happy, Grump
Something Wicked

Stow, OH

#2 May 16, 2008
Great idea. So there were actual pedestrian, car impacts, huh? We're the drivers BLIND and not able to see someone crossing the street? lol
Seriously, we need more of these signals, all over, and obviously something to make the driver aware of the walkers.
Ahau Kin

Maumelle, AR

#3 May 16, 2008
Firstly, the signals need to speak three languages: English, Spanish, and 'Ebonics'.

Then we need to decide on what will be said:

"Walk"
"Stop"
"Take Cover"
"Unleash your guide dog, you're about to be robbed"
"Draw your gun and point at the approaching robbers at your 3 o'clock"
"The panhandler is on your six, 2.8 feet distant. Rotate 180 degrees CW and use your cane now"

“I'm as Mad as Hell...”

Since: Mar 07

Your Neighbor & Friend

#4 May 16, 2008
A woman's voice beats those chirping bird noises at Market & Forge. Imagine working near that corner and hearing that incessant chirping all day long.

Ad to Ahau's list:

"Prepare to pay your h o o d tax, sucker."

Since: Mar 07

Danville, CA

#5 May 16, 2008
Something Wicked wrote:
Great idea. So there were actual pedestrian, car impacts, huh? We're the drivers BLIND and not able to see someone crossing the street? lol
Seriously, we need more of these signals, all over, and obviously something to make the driver aware of the walkers.
We've had these on the west coast for many years.
Medina Reader

Akron, OH

#6 May 16, 2008
They have these things in Berea. Damn nuciance and a waste of tax payer money! I guess another reason not to come to Akron.
concerned citizen

Oshkosh, WI

#7 May 16, 2008
Medina Reader wrote:
They have these things in Berea. Damn nuciance and a waste of tax payer money! I guess another reason not to come to Akron.
unless, of course, one happens to be blind but then i suppose blind people are a big inconvenience to you.
Wallhaven

Avon Lake, OH

#8 May 16, 2008
A few communities in Northeast Ohio have installed audible signals designed to help visually impaired people cross the street.
I take it you detractors are all for visually impaired people being put at risk to save you a couple pennies and to space you a little noise?

Disgusting.
Medina Reader

United States

#9 May 16, 2008
I invite you to come to Bagley and Beach in Berea and spend 30 minutes at this intersection listening to the racket these things make. You may change your limp wrist liberal mind.
concerned citizen

Oshkosh, WI

#10 May 16, 2008
Medina Reader wrote:
I invite you to come to Bagley and Beach in Berea and spend 30 minutes at this intersection listening to the racket these things make. You may change your limp wrist liberal mind.
most normal people come to an intersection and wait to cross it. if you find your Medina butt standing there for 30 minutes, you might want to ask your guide dog why. and you are a punk to call me and anyone limp wristed
Interested blind citizen

AOL

#11 May 18, 2008
The "chirping" is helpful. But elsewhere is a different sound for the other direction. Besides, if a blind person with good blindness skills, listens to traffic, the person can cross safely. It is really not necessary for chirping--if you are a good blind traveler. Whether one is blind or not, drivers need to be more alert and cautious at pedestrian crossings!
Walk A Mile

Akron, OH

#12 May 18, 2008
The audible signals are beneficial to blind and sighted alike. Never hurts to have confirmation that one is crossing at the right place. As far as the incredible ignorant comments like "nuisance" and "racket" - walk a mile in some one else's shoes before you're so quick to criticize.
Well Rootvg

Lorain, OH

#13 Jun 27, 2010
rootvg wrote:
<quoted text>
We've had these on the west coast for many years.
Do they have them for the exercized impaired, like u, fat aZZ?

yernogoood

Since: Jun 10

Bushnell, FL

#14 Jun 29, 2010
Stupid Americans are getting dumber every day, they need something to tell them what to do day and night. When will they create the machine that you carry with you that just keeps repeating, "inhale, exhale"?

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