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Some UES Residents Think Pedestrian Signals For Blind Are Too Noisy

Walk/Don't Walk Sign (file / credit: clipart.com)

Walk/Don’t Walk Sign (file / credit: clipart.com)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Some Upper East Side residents on Monday complained about plans to increase the number of audible crosswalk signals for the blind, calling the signals “noise pollution.”

As 1010 WINS’ Al Jones reported, some of the signals chirp, and others such as the one at 59th Street and Lexington Avenue beep. The city wants to put two dozen more of the audible pedestrian signals around the city.

One woman said the signals are fine during the day, but, “At night time, when the traffic is much, much slower, and there is no noise or people outside, yes, that would be pretty annoying.”

At a recent Community Board 8 meeting on the Upper East Side, more than a few residents spoke against the plan and called it noise pollution.

But one man figured like sirens and garbage trucks, people can get used to it.

“If we can get used to those loud fire engines, I guess we can get used to anything,” he said.

Currently, there are 49 audible pedestrian signals throughout the five boroughs.

Do you think the audible signals are “noise pollution?” Leave your comments below…