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Accessible Pedestrian Signals: Dunedin, FL

Project Abstract

This case study is one of nine case studies on accessible pedestrian signals posted by Pedestrian and Bike Information Center. These studies describe experiences of US cities that have installed Accessible Pedestrian Signals. Some of these cities have a long history of installing APS; others have more recently installed APS at one or two intersections. This and each case study includes information on the municipality's history of APS installation, process and procedures, types of devices installed, dates installed, installation, maintenance, and evaluation issues, and contact information.



fl 1:  Two pushbuttons are located on fluted pole at this location with exclusive pedestrian phasing. Tactile arrow of each device points in the direction of travel on the crosswalk.
Two pushbuttons are located on fluted pole at this location with exclusive pedestrian phasing. Tactile arrow of each device points in the direction of travel on the crosswalk.
History and background There are two intersections in downtown and one at Patricia Avenue and Beltrees in Dunedin where APS have been installed at the request of citizens who are blind.
The City of Dunedin was awarded the Inspired Leadership Award for 2003 from the Florida Alliance for Assistive Services and Technology (FAAST) for the APS installations.
Process and procedure Requests for APS are received by the City of Dunedin ADA Coordinator and reviewed and recommended by the City Manager appointed ADA Committee.
APS were requested by one person who is blind and who has limited hearing in one ear as well. She consulted with an orientation and mobility specialist and requested pushbutton-integrated devices and worked with the engineer on installation details.
Funding The intersection modifications were part of a redevelopment project.
Description of intersection One of the intersections downtown, Douglas & Main is a fairly small square intersection of two-lane streets with a pushbutton actuated exclusive pedestrian phase.
The other intersection downtown at Broadway & Main is a more complex intersection where a very busy state road intersects with the city's Main Street.
The third intersection at Patricia and Beltrees is a T intersection of a minor street with very busy street with a right turn lane.
APS type and features Pushbutton-integrated devices from Polara Engineering
APS features:
  • Speech WALK message:
    • At Douglas and Main (with exclusive pedestrian phasing): "WALK sign is on"
    • At Broadway & Main: "WALK sign is on to cross Main" and "WALK sign is on to cross Broadway"
  • Vibrotactile WALK indication
  • Pushbutton locator tone
  • Actuation indicator - tone
  • Tactile arrow
  • Extended button press - increased the volume of the WALK indication and locator tone

APS Installation Two APS were mounted on each pole.
At one crossing APS were about 15 feet back from the crosswalk location, and approximately 5 feet toward the intersection from the extension of the crosswalk lines. Volume of locator tone and WALK message was quite loud.
At the Patricia and Beltrees location, APS were installed on only one crosswalk, to cross the through street, as needed and requested by the person who lived near the intersection.
Two pushbuttons are located on fluted pole at this location with exclusive pedestrian phasing. Tactile arrow of each device points in the direction of travel on the crosswalk.
Installation issues Installers stated that they had difficulties with figuring out the new devices but seemed to work fine after they figured them out.
Fluted poles were used in the redesign which made it difficult to align the tactile arrow.
Maintenance No maintenance issues have been reported except for need to adjust volume levels.
Evaluation Installation caused complaints from patrons of a restaurant/bar on one corner with outdoor seating. Locator tone was loud enough to hear from over 30 feet away.
The woman who requested the installation was initially unhappy with some parts of the installation. Original plans included a stub pole close to the crosswalk but that was not installed at first. Even with the signal adjusted to the maximum volume, she was unable to hear the WALK indication when she was standing at the crosswalk location. A stub pole was later installed which allows a reduction in volume of the device and diminishes problems for neighbors as well.
Contact Barbara Fidler, ADA Coordinator City of Dunedin 542 Main Street Dunedin, FL 34698 Phone: 727-298-3010 v/tdd Fax: 727-298-3012 E-mail: bfidler@dunedinfl.net
Michael Gust, P.E. Division Dir. of Traffic Control City of Dunedin, Traffic Division 822 Lake Haven Road Dunedin, FL 34698 Phone: 727-298-3224 Fax: 727-298-3219 E-mail: mgust@dunedinfl.net
More information:
http://www.walkinginfo.org/aps/14-19.cfm

 Two pushbuttons are located on fluted pole at this location with exclusive pedestrian phasing. Tactile arrow of each device points in the direction of travel on the crosswalk.     
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Two pushbuttons are located on fluted pole at this location with exclusive pedestrian phasing. Tactile arrow of each device points in the direction of travel on the crosswalk.


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