Portland has Audible Pedestrian Signals in several selected locations. Read below to learn:
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The City of Portland will consider the installation of accessible pedestrian traffic signals to provide crossing assistance at signalized intersections, but only where needed. To be considered for APS, the location must first meet the following basic criteria:
- The intersection must already be signalized.
- The location must be suitable to the installation of APS, in terms of safety, noise level, and neighborhood acceptance.
- There must be a demonstrated need for an APS. The need is demonstrated through a user request.
- The location should have unique characteristics (i.e.; a unique intersection configuration).
Once the above criteria above met, the following procedures will be followed:
- The APS will be activated by a pedestrian signal push button with at least a one second-delay to activate the sound.
- In the event the number of acceptable requests exceeds Transportation funding, the Bureau will appoint a committee representing the affected communities to assist the Bureau in prioritizing and recommending future APS installations.
- The Bureau will coordinate with Driver and Motor Vehicle Services (DMV) on driver education, specifically on pedestrian issues and the white cane law.
- When appropriate, the Bureau will refer people who request APS information and installations to facilities and agencies that provide mobility training.
- Once an APS is installed, City staff will take steps to publicize and educate the affected communities on the location and operation of the installation. The City will notify Neighborhood Associations of new installations.
An evaluation team comprised of City staff and a mobility specialist will conduct the scoring of factors. The person making the request will be consulted during the course of the evaluation to better determine the pedestrian's needs. The following factors shall be used to prioritize potential APS locations: