February 19, 2015

Tactile paths

Allen @ 6:08 am   |  Comments Off on Tactile paths
Filed under: Japan

Throughout Japan, on nearly every sidewalk, train station platform, etc., there exists a yellow line made up of tiles. Some tiles have long bumps/stripes that protrude up about 1/4″ and run parallel to the main direction of travel. Every now and then, usually at intersections or places to change direction, these stripe tiles meet up with other tiles that have a polka dot pattern, also raised about 1/4″.

These are for visually impaired people to be able to navigate while walking. They can feel the stripes and bumps through their shoes, and therefore know which direction to walk in, and when to stop.

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