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(The New York Times)   Now, the story of the man who provides the voice for pedestrian traffic signals - like the one that says either WAWK or DON'T FARKIN' WALK, YA HUMP   (nytimes.com) divider line 26
    More: Interesting, New York, 23rd Street, Dennis Ferrara  
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2012-07-07 10:19:12 AM
They just did this at the corner right outside my office. Lots of pedestrians still don't understand/care that they have to watch for the right turn signal.
 
2012-07-07 10:52:54 AM
Around here if you hit the button you get immediately accosted with a very curt "WAIT! .... WAIT! ... WAIT!" It's like, come on, if I wasn't going to wait, I wouldn't have hit the damn button.
 
2012-07-07 10:56:27 AM
Traffic signals TALK now? Man, I need to spend less time in the sticks.
 
2012-07-07 10:58:33 AM
Dover NH has chirping birds, it's pretty strange. For seeing eye dogs, maybe?
 
2012-07-07 11:04:18 AM

macadamnut: Dover NH has chirping birds, it's pretty strange. For seeing eye dogs, maybe?


For seeing eye dogs. North/South and East/West have a different chirp.
 
2012-07-07 11:21:33 AM
In a world where the streets can be deadly, one man makes crossing safe again.
 
2012-07-07 11:23:52 AM
Ratso Rizzo's really moving up in the world!
 
2012-07-07 11:44:13 AM
So this guys voice is played at a whopping 15 intersections, of the thousands (maybe more, I'm not going to count) in NY City, am I supposed to be impressed?
 
2012-07-07 11:48:13 AM
Mr. Ferrara announces the name of the street that pedestrians are standing on.

Er. When you're at a corner waiting to cross a street, aren't you necessarily standing on two streets?
 
2012-07-07 11:55:20 AM
My wife's from Jackson Heights. She thinks this is hilarious. I wouldn't know. Never been to New York.
 
2012-07-07 12:00:26 PM

LDM90: Traffic signals TALK now? Man, I need to spend less time in the sticks.


Some even beep for blind people. Welcome to the future, my friend.
 
2012-07-07 12:02:06 PM
Traffic signals?
(says the guy who lives in VERY rural Arkansas)
 
2012-07-07 12:08:02 PM

LDM90: Traffic signals TALK now? Man, I need to spend less time in the sticks.


I've never heard a talking crossing signal either, and I live in a city of over a million people. Our crosswalk signals either beep or make some kind of weird noise that sounds like a bird being strangled.
 
2012-07-07 12:44:11 PM

apoptotic: LDM90: Traffic signals TALK now? Man, I need to spend less time in the sticks.

I've never heard a talking crossing signal either, and I live in a city of over a million people. Our crosswalk signals either beep or make some kind of weird noise that sounds like a bird being strangled.


Yeah, we get a two-tone signal, an odd chirping sound, or the announcement "walk sign is on," followed by a time countdown until it goes red again.
 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2012-07-07 12:53:26 PM
Traffic signal design rules used to warn against using birdlike sounds where birds might be found. In the latest edition lawyers went to work. No more vague bird warnings. The rules say how many hertz and ticks and tocks and how the button must vibrate and on and on for pages and pages of rules. We'd be better off abolishing lawyers and signals, issuing blind people red and white canes, and doing the "naked streets" thing.
 
2012-07-07 01:03:55 PM

Aeonite: Mr. Ferrara announces the name of the street that pedestrians are standing on.

Er. When you're at a corner waiting to cross a street, aren't you necessarily standing on two streets?


No. In most cases you would be on a street and an avenue.
 
2012-07-07 01:49:16 PM
We have these in San Diego... I know a bit about them since an associate of mine works in traffic engineering. They apparently have a microphone in the bottom of the button assembly that can be used to automatically adjust the volume based on ambient noise.

The voice files in our crosswalks are boring... In areas where there are "retirement towers", the crosswalks will audibly count down the seconds remaining as well. I'd hate to live near such an intersection.
 
2012-07-07 02:02:11 PM

T.M.S.: Aeonite: Mr. Ferrara announces the name of the street that pedestrians are standing on.

Er. When you're at a corner waiting to cross a street, aren't you necessarily standing on two streets?

No. In most cases you would be on a street and an avenue.


Oooh, zing!
 
2012-07-07 04:03:23 PM
I read that as WANK...had to look again, it wasnt WANK. I was mildly disapointed.
 
2012-07-07 07:27:32 PM

FreakinB: They just did this at the corner right outside my office. Lots of pedestrians still don't understand/care that they have to watch for the right turn signal.


Other way around. If the walk signal is lit, motorists have to yield to people in the crosswalk.
 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2012-07-07 07:54:16 PM
Baloo Uriza, FreakinB

If the right turn signal is an arrow, the walk sign isn't allowed to be on when right turning traffic would run over pedestrians. At a normal intersection where a green ball controls all movements it's the drivers' responsibility not to run over pedestrians when turning.
 
2012-07-07 08:34:31 PM

Baloo Uriza: FreakinB: They just did this at the corner right outside my office. Lots of pedestrians still don't understand/care that they have to watch for the right turn signal.

Other way around. If the walk signal is lit, motorists have to yield to people in the crosswalk.


Not how it works. The walk signal goes red to allow cars to make a right. This being Manhattan, pedestrians take liberties.
 
2012-07-07 10:10:56 PM

Ed Finnerty: LDM90: Traffic signals TALK now? Man, I need to spend less time in the sticks.

Some even beep for blind people. Welcome to the future, my friend.


Oh, the best one in town here is:

"Walk light is on to cross... COX ... Walk light is on to cross... COX"
 
2012-07-07 10:16:12 PM

FreakinB: Baloo Uriza: FreakinB: They just did this at the corner right outside my office. Lots of pedestrians still don't understand/care that they have to watch for the right turn signal.

Other way around. If the walk signal is lit, motorists have to yield to people in the crosswalk.

Not how it works. The walk signal goes red to allow cars to make a right. This being Manhattan, pedestrians take liberties.


Well, yes, if the walk signal is red, then you shouldn't cross. But when it's saying WALK, then turning traffic yields to pedestrians occupying or entering the crosswalk.
 
2012-07-07 10:17:20 PM

ZAZ: Baloo Uriza, FreakinB

If the right turn signal is an arrow, the walk sign isn't allowed to be on when right turning traffic would run over pedestrians. At a normal intersection where a green ball controls all movements it's the drivers' responsibility not to run over pedestrians when turning.


Oddly enough, for whatever retarded reason, signals will give a flashing yellow arrow on a conflicting movement with a crosswalk that has a WALK aspect lit. And I've seen turn signals be solid green arrow with a conflicting walk signal lit, usually a right turn signal.
 
db2
2012-07-08 07:19:35 AM
They say:

"'EY, I'M WALKIN' 'ERE!"

"'EY, WHAT'SA BIG HURRY?"
 
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