Module G - Slide 9


1.Approach and align

First approach the intersection and stop at curb or curb ramp, maintaining initial alignment of approach. It’s important at unfamiliar crossings to go to the corner first, rather than stopping to examine an APS or otherwise deviating on the approach to the intersection. After listening to traffic and determining the correct location and direction for beginning the crossing, find a cue to use to realign at that location after pressing the pushbutton. It might be a grassline, angle of the curb or ramp, a pole, or other tactile cue. Note that the pedestrian who is blind will have to realign and cross on the next pedestrian phase after pushing the pushbutton. There won’t usually be a time to use parallel traffic again to align which is why it’s important to determine a tactile alignment cue. Once someone is familiar with the intersection, they may change their strategies somewhat and go straight to the pushbutton (because they already know their alignment cue).