xoxoxoBruce Wednesday Mar 19 10:58 PM
March 20, 2008: Blind Sidewalks
Cellarite Kirk Israel, is visiting Japan at the moment, and posting a lot of pictures on his website(The first picture there, may not be safe for work?).
Aliantha Wednesday Mar 19 11:02 PM
We have those here. They can be a death trap if you're wearing spike heels. We also have noisy walk signals at traffic lights. Do you have those too?
HungLikeJesus Wednesday Mar 19 11:07 PM
Ah, blind sidewalks. Not those other kind.
Sperlock Wednesday Mar 19 11:22 PM
I've seen one of these with the dots and just thought they were for walking on during the icy season.
Happy Monkey Wednesday Mar 19 11:41 PM
They put those on some subway stops in DC, at the edge of the tracks. Apparently, if you're not used to them, the way they catch the cane can be startling.
Pearcie (AUS) Thursday Mar 20 01:47 AM
Noisy walk signals
Aliantha Thursday Mar 20 03:41 AM
I'm in Brisbane and I can imagine those noisy things would be very annoying if you were a light sleeper. Glad it's outside your window and not mine.
Sundae Thursday Mar 20 06:14 AM
We have them here (at least the bumpy ones at crossings) and I agree with Ali - it's hell on high heels, especially if a little worse for wear.
runswithknives Thursday Mar 20 11:50 AM
Yeah, those are far less misleading than the crosswalk's that tell you when to walk.
Cicero Thursday Mar 20 01:00 PM
Great photos!!! Loved them! Now what is Kirk's cellar name? Or is it secret?
Undertoad Thursday Mar 20 01:24 PM
beauregaardhooligan Friday Mar 21 09:41 PM
The raised dots were installed in our city (Greenville, SC) after a local blind woman complained that her seeing eye dog didn't stop at streets where there was no curb. It seems the dog only recognized, and stopped at roads with curbs. The bumps allow her to tell when she is about to cross a street where there is no curb for the dog to recognize.
wolf Friday Mar 21 11:27 PM
Back in the early 1980s, they redid the sidewalks in town in West Chester, particularly the crossing at Gay and High. For wheelchair access they removed the curbs at the intersections. It was a masterful job, with a very gentle slope to the street.
TheMercenary Saturday Mar 22 09:06 AM
We have a new Kroger that just put those bumpy things across the front of the door opening. Now I guess it is to keep the blind people out or keep them in once they get there.
xoxoxoBruce Saturday Mar 22 01:01 PM
Rumble strips, for people.
deadbeater Saturday Mar 22 07:50 PM
Aliantha Sunday Mar 23 02:09 AM
I wouldn't call the sound a click so much as a pipping sound, but it's very loud, and starts off with the sort of sound you associate with a laser shooter in a star wars movie. You can hear them from half a block away at a busy city intersection.
spudcon Monday Mar 24 05:46 PM
It seems the dog only recognized, and stopped at roads with curbs.
Cloud Monday Mar 24 05:53 PM
I'm more interested in the intersection of gay and high . . .
Wombat Monday Mar 24 07:52 PM
We have those blind sidewalk pavers in Canberra, on the paved areas at the major bus interchanges. Ours look exactly like the ones in the pics.
lumberjim Monday Mar 24 09:51 PM
Karenv Tuesday Mar 25 10:02 AM
Given that one can't really walk in high heels, I don't suppose that it matters much. High heels are for transferring from taxi to elevator, not for walking on city streets.