By Gabby

25th March 2019

1.  The Traffic Light Hidden Helpers…

For those of us that aren’t gifted with perfect sight, there’s a special mechanism hidden underneath the boxes at pedestrian crossings.

The idea was thought up by Nottingham University to the Department of Transport in the 1980s but it wasn’t until 1989 that they began appearing on our streets. What is interesting is that the cones have to be retro fitted – Radix, the company behind the cones sell approximately 10,000 units per year.

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You can find them by putting your hand under the yellow box and feeling for a nodule. This isn’t some hidden game to get you to put your hand on some mucky chewing gum that was placed there 10 years ago; have a look next time you’re crossing the road…

We have found a few other interesting features that the majority of us miss; they’re just as useful as the pedestrian crossing button!

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