A little girl placing a call at an accessible pedestrian signal

Independent vs Networked APS: A Comparison

Introduction “Accessible pedestrian signals (APS) are devices that communicate information about the walk and don’t walk intervals at signalized intersections in non-visual formats to pedestrians who are blind or who have low vision”. Accessible pedestrian signals play a crucial role in ensuring safety and accessibility for all individuals, primarily those…

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A man placing a call on a Guardian Wave by using the active infrared sensor

Active Infrared vs Radar: Which Sensor is Better for Touchless APS

  Introduction By delving into the intricacies of active infrared and radar sensors, and carefully evaluating their strengths and weaknesses in in pedestrian push button (PPB) and accessible pedestrian signal (APS) applications, users can make well-informed decisions when selecting the optimal product for their requirements. With a plethora of touchless…

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Multiple people crossing the street of a busy intersection in a city

Enhancing Pedestrian Safety: The Power of LPIs and APS

  Introduction Navigating intersections poses risks even when pedestrians have the right of way. While measures like TLPI and other innovations show promise, their effectiveness is maximized when coupled with Leading Pedestrian Intervals (LPIs). These intervals, allowing pedestrians to start crossing 3-7 seconds before vehicle traffic, reduce pedestrian-vehicle crashes by…

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A person crossing the street in the snow at night

The Impact of Daylight Savings on Road Safety

  Introduction In the early hours of yesterday morning, daylight savings time began. Although we only set our clocks back one hour, it can have a huge impact on our safety as drivers and pedestrians. As the sun’s position shifts, commuters are exposed to blinding glare during morning and evening…

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Two women and two men crossing the street at a crosswalk while the sun is setting

October is National Pedestrian Safety Month!

  Introduction As the vibrant hues of autumn leaves paint the streets and sidewalks, October brings with it not just the promise of pumpkin-spiced lattes, cozy blankets, and football but also a vital cause for celebration and awareness. October is National Pedestrian Safety Month, a dedicated time to emphasize the importance…

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What is Audible Beaconing?

  Introduction Audible beaconing is a functionality incorporated into certain Accessible Pedestrian Signals (APS) and becomes operational only when pedestrians utilize the extended press feature, which is initiated by holding down the button for more than one second. Accessible pedestrian signals (APS) employ sound, raised arrows, and vibration to communicate…

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PedSafety's Guardian APS mounted to a pole

How to use an Accessible Pedestrian Push Button

  Introduction Almost 20 million Americans, roughly 8 percent of the United States population, have visual impairments. Impaired vision can range anywhere from poor vision to complete blindness. People with visual impairments have difficulty with routine tasks, including crossing the street. Accessible Pedestrian Push Buttons or Accessible Pedestrian Signals (APS)…

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Man running across crosswalk at night

Improving Nighttime Pedestrian Safety

  Introduction “Most pedestrian fatalities continue to occur at night, although nighttime deaths have accounted for an even larger share over the past few years. In 2021, 77% of fatal pedestrian crashes occurred in the dark, with approximately 20% happening in daylight and 3% during dawn or dusk. Since 2010,…

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