Weeeeeee wrote:I don't think using bell/voice is the *answer*, it's allowing priority to the person with the least mechanical advantage where possible. The great thing about blind people is that they travel in a highly predictable manner (ideally we should all travel in a highly predictable manner) so anyone buzzing or colliding with someone like this shows very poor form/ability. Using a bell in this situation really allows more people in the environment to become predictable (a good thing)...unfortunately, due probably more to car drivers' incorrect use of horns to mean "get out of my you idiot", the use of a bell can possibly result in the same outcome...either ignored or an extended middle finger.
The best place to use a bell is as far away from people/confrontation as possible (same goes for a car horn)...so as not to startle people in an "outta the way" context...but more for a "here I am just so you know so you behave more predictably".
If you've ever been to asian countries...like Vietnam or Malaysia etc...the incessant honking might drive you nuts...but it's more just as a way of life of people trying to be as predictable as possible rather than a nation full of anger.
Good point: perhaps bells/voice are needed more when the pedestrian is NOT blind, if fully sighted people are more likely to suddenly step into your path just at the moment when you were trying to pass them! (Except that sighted people often don't hear because they're wearing headphones!)