On December 13, 2011, CRCOG hosted a workshop on the newly released (July 2011) Proposed Accessibility Guidelines for Pedestrian Facilities in the Public Right of Way. The handout provided in the meeting (which has numerous links to related documents) and the workshop presentation are available below.
We have provided links below to Accessible Pedestrian Signal (APS) design guidelines. The first will link you to the APS design guide that the FHWA includes on its website. The second is a link to the US Access Board’s information on common APS design issues.
Accessible Pedestrian Signals
Learn the latest about Accessible Pedestrian Signals (APS) – the latest technology, latest requirements at this website: Accessible Pedestrian Signals website: www.apsguide.org
When retrofitting existing intersections to add APS, a municipality might need to prioritize their approach. This prioritization tool (which was published as Appendix D of NCHRP Report 117A, Accessible Pedestrian Signals: A Guide to Best Practices) provides a means to estimate the relative crossing difficulty for pedestrians who are blind or visually impaired. This scoring system enables a prioritization of APS installations within a jurisdiction. NOTE: The information regarding prioritizing intersections for installation of APS is not intended for application to new or reconstructed intersections. The proposed guidelines require accessible pedestrian signals and pedestrian pushbuttons to be provided when new pedestrian signals are installed. For existing pedestrian signals, the proposed guidelines require accessible pedestrian signals and pedestrian pushbuttons to be provided when the signal controller and software are altered, or the signal head is replaced. Accessible pedestrian signals and pedestrian pushbuttons must comply with the referenced standards in the MUTCD.
If you want to learn more about pedestrian design as it relates to those with visual disabilities, contact the CT Board of Education and Services for the Blind. Their Mobility Instructors can help to explain how a blind individual or an individual with visual impairment navigates our street system.