Tactile paving is a kind of textured system of ground surface indicators that you can find on stairs or railway station platforms so that it can help pedestrians to walk safely particularly those who have vision issues.
Tactile warnings will offer a distinctive type of surface pattern having truncated cones, domes, or bars, that can be detected by underfoot or a long cane, which are generally used for alerting the vision-impaired while approaching any streets or any hazardous surface.
This kind of tactile paving system was first time instituted in Japan, where there are pedestrian crossings or any hazardous road situations. Later on, countries like the UK, Australia, and the USA also picked up and created a standard during the early 1990s.
The company called OLEJÁR, which was established in the year 2005 and is known as a fiberglass products manufacturer has started manufacturing since 2008 such tactile strips, tactile floor indicators, etc.
What are Tactiles?
These tactiles are often called tactile paving, where there is a system that produces surface bumps and that can be felt by pedestrians while walking on them. This can help those who are visually impaired so that it can help them navigate the right approach to any step, ramp, or stairway mostly in public spaces.
These will have certain anti-slip properties, however, are not actually designed as anti-slip items.
Tactile floor from aluminum
Long-lasting and stable functioning can be ensured by any individual tactile flooring guiding lines, which are in longitudinal rib shape. You can find these tactile guiding strips in a variety of shapes and sizes, with or without pins, with screw apertures, or as self-adhesive.
Smooth, milled, grooved, and with a certain color inlay in these products are some of the patterns that are available. Coloured and non-slip inserts are also available for aluminum warning studs so that they can allow you to select the best contrast value needed for your installation.
Few tactile patterns
1. Blister tactile
The function of such a blister surface is for serving as a warning to any vision-impaired people who might otherwise struggle to tell where the footway finishes and the carriageway starts.
2. Offset blister tactile
This surface serves to alert vision-impaired people to the edge of any off-street railway platforms. This surface is made up of flat-topped domes that are placed 66.5 mm apart from one another.
3. Lozenge tactile
The objective of this platform surface is to alert vision-impaired people when they are nearing the edge of a light rapid transit platform on the street.
4. Corduroy tactile
The corduroy surface’s aim is to alert vision-impaired people to specific risks such as level crossings, steps, or any approach to the on-street light rapid type of transit platform.
5. Cycleway tactile
This tactile surface, which is utilized in combination with a separated shared bike track and also footpath, is intended to inform vision-impaired people about which side for making entry. The center delineator strip’s aim is to assist vision-impaired walkers in staying on the pedestrian side of the road.
6. Directional/guidance tactile
When typical indicators, e.g., a curb edge or property line, are unavailable, the guiding path surface is used to lead vision-impaired people down a route.