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Ted Szukalski

Gallery of fine art photography.

Old man and red lights

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It took this old man a lot longer than the time alloted for green light to cross this major road intersection in the middle of Sydney. Luckily all the drivers waited very patiently for him to cross the road. It must be quite terrifying to know you are that slow every time you have to basically risk your life because the lights timing is aimed at young, healthy people only.

  • Jeff Austin

    What a wonderful capture and you are right. Traffic lights are geared for young healthy people walking and on bikes. They don’t normally take into consideration people that are elderly or have a disability or handicaps. I’ve only seen once exception and that is on the UC Davis (California) campus where I work. There is a walk light that stays green twice as long as normal and there is an audible sound when it turns green letting the visually impaired, and sometimes their guide dogs, know that it is safe to cross. Wish more places would recognize the needs of the elderly and handicapped.

  • Jeff Austin

    What a wonderful capture and you are right. Traffic lights are geared for young healthy people walking and on bikes. They don’t normally take into consideration people that are elderly or have a disability or handicaps. I’ve only seen once exception and that is on the UC Davis (California) campus where I work. There is a walk light that stays green twice as long as normal and there is an audible sound when it turns green letting the visually impaired, and sometimes their guide dogs, know that it is safe to cross. Wish more places would recognize the needs of the elderly and handicapped.