PROWAG Crosswalk Requirements
PROWAG is a set of technical specifications developed by the U.S. Access Board to help transportation professionals create accessible routes along public streets. It mandates APS anywhere a pedestrian signal is provided, and is widely expected to become an enforceable standard in 2023.
APS Audible Beaconing
Audible beaconing is the use of directional sound to guide pedestrians with vision loss, so they can more easily follow the marked crossing across the street. Polara’s iNS Accessible Pedestrian Signals (APS) support adding external speakers to the pedestrian signal head to provide audible beaconing, which can significantly assist pedestrians with vision impairments to follow the crosswalk at complex, skewed, or especially wide crossings.
ADA Crosswalk Accessibility Requirements
The ADA is a broad civil rights statute that prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities in all aspects of everyday life. While it doesn’t offer standards or guidance on APS specifically, it does require agencies to make public facilities, including the pedestrian environment, accessible.
MUTCD Crosswalk Accessibility Requirements
The MUTCD is a document published by the FHWA that is used by transportation professionals in the U.S. to install and maintain traffic control devices on public roadways. It does not mandate the use of APS, but does provide scoping and technical guidelines for when they are used.
MUTCD APS location requirements map
All public infrastructure should be able to accommodate everyone, no matter their age or ability. That’s a belief we hold strongly at Polara, and it also happens to be the law (read our article on the Americans with Disabilities Act). To achieve the vision of truly accessible transportation networks, cities need to make important decisions […]