Streets and sidewalks can be made safer for people with visual or hearing impairments with the addition of warning signs and accessible pedestrian signals.
Accessible pedestrian crossing signals
Accessible pedestrian signals 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.
To operate an accessible pedestrian signal when pushing a button is required, listen for an audible tone located on a signal pole at the corner of the intersection. Once identified, locate the push button which is used to trigger the crossing signal. Note there is an arrow on the button identifying the direction of travel. Press and hold the button for at least three seconds. This will trigger the audible aspect of the signal and when it is time to cross, there is both a visual and non-visual cue to cross.
Many of these are installed through the Halifax region. Some have buttons which must be pushed to activate while others are automatic.
How to get warning signs installed in your neighbourhood
If you or a member of your family has a vision or hearing impairment, you can ask the Halifax Regional Municipality to install warning signs to alert drivers.
Submit this medical certificate which includes:
- the name and address of the individual
- the type of impairment
- a physician’s signature
Return the completed form to firstname.lastname@example.org or by fax to 902-490-6727.
The current wording used on signs is BLIND PERSON or DEAF PERSON. This is based on information received from organizations that support people with these impairments. Variations of the wording are not available (such as VISUALLY IMPAIRED PERSON) in order to maintain a consistent message to motorists.
If you move after a sign has been installed for you, please contact the office at the above e-mail address so the signs may be removed.