The creator of the sound presses the metal button on a pedestrian crosswalk warning light and it audibly beeps. This assists individuals who are visually-impaired in safely crossing the street; the tone is louder on the other side of the crosswalk so that individuals know which direction to walk toward. Generally, several people stand on all sides of a busy intersection and wait for the pedestrian crosswalk warning light to change (both in tone and color) so that they can cross the street safely. Crosswalks are often located in between hospitals and parking structures, and should thus be considered part of the transition from the outside world to that of receiving care and experiencing illness.
An audio excerpt from a YouTube video of Cuckoo Crosswalk sound! by Chuttlely. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VKBEF0Fdrnw>
Main Street and Commonwealth Avenue: West Concord, MA
Crosswalks, Traffic Lights, Pedestrian Crosswalk Warning Lights, Hospitals