- From: Armando Vias: Armando Vias: firstname.lastname@example.org
- To: City of Warner Robins | Traffic Signals
- Sent: Wednesday, August 09, 2023 at 2:15 PM Eastern Time
- Email Or Physical Mail: Via Email
- Priority: High Priority
Dear Mr. Hale,
I am writing to request the installation of accessible pedestrian signals (APS) at all crosswalks in Warner Robins, GA. As a visually impaired resident of Byron, I am unable to use the visual pedestrian signals that are currently installed at most intersections. This makes it difficult and dangerous for me, blind tourists, and possibly other blind/visually-impaired residents of Warner Robins/Houston County to cross the street independently and safely.
The Accessible Pedestrian Signals provide audible and tactile cues that indicate when it is safe to cross the street. This information is essential for people with visual impairments to navigate the streets safely and independently. Also, the Accessible Pedestrian Signals has been shown to significantly reduce the risk of pedestrian accidents involving people with visual impairments.
In 2010, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was amended to require that all new pedestrian signals be accessible to people with visual impairments. However, many older intersections in Warner Robins still do not have APS. I urge you to take action to make all crosswalks in Warner Robins accessible to people with visual impairments by installing APS at all intersections.
Another city that has an Accessible Pedestrian Signal is Augusta, Georgia. It is located on Broad Street, in Downtown Augusta.
I am aware that the cost of installing APS can be a concern for some cities. However, there are many funding sources available to help offset the cost of these important safety devices. The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) offers a variety of grants and loans to help cities make their transportation systems more accessible. The Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) also offers a number of funding programs that can be used to install APS.
I believe that the benefits of installing APS at all crosswalks in Warner Robins far outweigh the costs. APS would make our streets safer for everyone, and they would help to ensure that people with visual impairments can participate fully in our community.
I urge you to take action to make Warner Robins a more accessible city by installing APS at all crosswalks. Thank you for your time and consideration.