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Crosswalks won’t be changing their tune

Little birdies will continue to guide visually impaired pedestrians through Toronto crosswalks, despite a movement to replace the chirpers in other Canadian cities.

Little birdies will continue to guide visually impaired pedestrians through Toronto crosswalks, despite a movement to replace the chirpers in other Canadian cities.

Hamilton and Halifax will soon join Montreal in updating accessible pedestrian signals in east-west crosswalks with four descending musical notes known as the “Canadian melody.”

The north-south cuckoo sound will remain the same.

Roberto Stopnicki, director of Toronto traffic management, said there have not been a “significant number of complaints” about the chirping sound, so the city has no plans to make the switch.

The change in other cities stems from a 2008 report by the Transportation Association of Canada, which found that the chirping signal is “too readily mistaken” for the call of the northern cardinal.

 
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