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International Practice

The information in this chapter is based on visits made during the past two years by the authors of this report to four countries whose use of APS has been long term, extensive, systematic, and positively accepted by blind pedestrians and traffic engineers.

Many other countries have a long history of using Accessible Pedestrian Signals. This chapter is not an attempt to review all international experience.

Information gathered
During trips to Japan, Sweden, Australia, and Denmark, the authors met with traffic engineers, orientation and mobility specialists, APS manufacturers and representatives of consumer groups to discuss accessible pedestrian signals. Installations were observed and photographed. At times the authors, both of whom have unimpaired vision, traveled under blindfold and crossed unfamiliar intersections using typical orientation and mobility techniques and the accessible signals.


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