History of U.S Crosswalk Accessibility Laws, 1968-2023
This article explores the history of U.S federal accessibility laws and regulations related to the public right-of-way, to give the context in which PROWAG was developed.
PROWAG final rule published: New accessibility standards coming to public streets
After more than two decades of hard work by the US Access Board, disability advocates, and members of the public, the Public Right-of-Way Accessibility Guidelines (PROWAG) were published today as a final rule in the Federal Register. They will take effect September 7, and will become enforceable once they are adopted by the US Department of […]
SS4A for Accessible Pedestrian Signals
An historic 7,485 pedestrians were killed while walking in the U.S. in 2021, according to data collected by the Governors Highway Safety Association. These deaths are both tragic and preventable: changes to roadway design and safety treatments, including accessibility improvements, are proven to reduce pedestrian deaths and serious injuries. >>>Download the Guide – Polara SS4A […]
Accessible Pedestrian Signal (APS) Features
APS technology is constantly improving and new features are being added to help pedestrians with vision and hearing loss get around safely and confidently. Here are some of the main features you should be aware of. Accessible Pedestrian Signals (APS) have come a long way since the first cuckoo-chirp, pedhead-mounted systems appeared in U.S. […]
What is an Accessible Pedestrian Signal (APS)?
APS provide essential information and safety to pedestrians with disabilities by alerting them to the status of the walk cycle via auditory, visual, and tactile cues.
2-wire versus 3-wire APS: What’s the difference and which do I need?
Polara offers two versions of APS, each with unique installations and benefits. Here, we explain some of the key differences to help you select the one that’s right for your intersection.
Request An Accessible Pedestrian Signal (APS)
Accessible pedestrian signals (APS) are pedestrian signals that are specifically designed to assist people with visual impairments in crossing streets safely. These signals typically include audible tones or verbal messages that indicate when it is safe for pedestrians to cross the street, as well as tactile or vibrating cues that can be felt by the […]