You’ve probably walked a thousands pavements but have missed this one single detail.
What I’m about to say will seem pretty obvious, but I had no idea until it was pointed out to me this week…
See the yellow dots?
First introduced in 1967, Japan, blister tactile pavings are found on footpaths, stairs and railway station platforms to assist pedestrians who are vision-impaired.
The small, round bumps are felt through the sole of the shoe, and a similar pathway with long, yellow lines, provide directional aid.
Corduroy Tactile Paving
This warns vision-impaired people of the presence of hazards: steps, crossings, or the approach of a street light.
It conveys the message, “hazard, proceed with caution!”
Route tactile paving
This guides vision-impaired people along a curb edge, property line, and around obstacles.
It’s been designed in a way that people can be guided by maintaining contact with a cane.