Accessible Pedestrian Signals
Accessible Pedestrian Signal
You can request the installation of an Accessible Pedestrian Signal in your neighbourhood or on your route.
As part of the Accessible Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA), all new signalized intersections in Hamilton will be outfitted with Accessible Pedestrian Pushbuttons (APS).
Two audible tones are used to indicate the direction of travel for the pedestrian:
- A cuckoo sound, accompanied by the walking person display, indicates that the pedestrian has the right-of-way in the north/south direction.
- A Canadian Melody sound, accompanied by the walking person display, indicates that the pedestrian has the right-of-way in the east/west direction.
- At some signals, the pedestrian signal operates automatically as well as the audible tones. At other signalized intersections, a pedestrian button must be pushed and held for five seconds in order for the audible tone to come on.
- In addition to the ‘Cuckoo’ and ‘Canadian melody’ sounds, the pushbuttons are equipped with a locator tone. This tone is emitted from the buttons using volume over ambient to assist pedestrians, who are blind or visually impaired locating the button. The Accessible Pedestrian Signals are equipped with a raised arrow that points towards the direction of travel. This arrow vibrates when the signal sounds are activated.