Imagine you’re at the corner of a busy intersection, wanting to cross the street. You press the button that activates the pedestrian crossing signal and watch the traffic zip by as you wait for the light to change. The traffic slows and then comes to a stop. The orange DON’T WALK signal on the other side of the street changes to a white WALK symbol. You do a quick look in both directions to make sure it’s safe, then step off the curb and into the crosswalk. When you’re about 10 feet from the other side, the white WALK signal changes to a flashing orange DON’T WALK, counting down 5-4-3-2-1. You step up onto the sidewalk and continue on. Simple and uneventful, right?
Now imagine trying to cross that same intersection blindfolded and with your ears plugged! You cannot see or hear the cars, the traffic lights, the crosswalk, or the pedestrian signals. You have no indicators if the signal says WALK or DON’T WALK, if traffic is stopped, if you’re in the crosswalk, or if you’re about to get hit by a bus! How comfortable do you feel stepping off the curb?Read More