New York Daily News Bill will up number of traffic signals accessible to the blind by Erin Durkin
It’s about to get easier for blind New Yorkers to cross the street.
The city will be required to install 75 new traffic signals each year that use noises to alert the visually impaired when lights change under a bill passed Tuesday by the City Council.
That will triple the number of signals currently installed each year.
“Crossing the street without vision gives you a tremendous sense of vulnerability, and you actually are putting your life at risk. We can do something about that,” said Councilman Mark Levine (D-Manhattan), the sponsor.
The Department of Transportation had balked at the bill, but came around when the Council cut the number of required signals from 175 to 75.
Mayor de Blasio plans to sign it, his spokesman said. The measure will cost $1.75 million a year.
There are currently 96 accessible signals citywide, out of more than 12,000 intersections.
The Council also passed a bill to require more city agencies to register New Yorkers to vote.
Seven agencies including the Human Resources Administration and Department for the Aging will be newly required to distribute registration forms under the bill, sponsored by Councilman Ben Kallos (D-Manhattan.)