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Chicago to Install New Audio Crosswalk Signals

Crosswalk Audio-Signal

Chicago is far behind many other cities in US when it comes to audio crosswalks for people who are blind or have low vision, CBS 2’s Dana Kozlov reported Friday.

The city will start by installing audio signals whenever a new light goes up. In addition, 50 more audio signals will be installed at existing lights around Chicago in the next two years.

A high-pitched chirp attached to pedestrian signals lets those with vision disabilities know it is safe to cross the street. Others have voice signals.

“It’s a good beginning… because there are more than 50 unsafe crosswalks in the city,” said Isaac King.

“When it comes to the disabled community, things tend to move at a slightly slower pace,” said Blind Service Association Communications Director Whitney Hill.

“Funding is awesome. It’s great to have funding,” King said. “But who’s in charge of picking and choosing where they go?”

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