Tactile ground surface indicators

Tactile ground surface indicators


Tactile markings help with orientation

Blind and visually impaired people have special challenges in their everyday lives. In public spaces in particular, they depend on help. This help doesn’t absolutely have to come from other people because many people with visual impairments can completely master their everyday routines. Thanks to special provisions that is not a problem at all? Pedestrian lights give signals, ATMs have braille andheadphone connections, and  markings on the floor help with orientation.

Tactile markings on pedestrian crossings
We can apply these ground markings for the visually impaired, also called tactile markings. Tactile markings make sense in many locations in public spaces. The best known place they are used are in pedestrian crossings. Surely everyone has noticed the nubs on the ground here that can even be felt through the shoes. These nubbed surfaces are there to catch the attention of the visually impaired at dangerous locations, such as pedestrian crossings on roads. Grooves lead to these attention-grabbing surfaces which can be felt with a cane. With such guides, visually impaired and blind people can also distinguish footpaths from bike paths; an optical separation there is not sufficient. These grooves are attached with special ground marking colors and can be added at any future point in time.

Avoiding accidents

These orientation aids are not just important for pedestrian crossings. There are many spots were tactile ground markings are important in order to avoid accidents, including bus stops, train stations, subway stations, as well as public buildings.

Tactile ground markings at bus stops and train stations

The blind and the visually impaired are warned of obstacles and dangerous areas by tactile ground markings and independently orient themselves without constantly relying on help from strangers. We are happy to provide you with information about the options and advise you in your projects on how to make life easier and safer for the blind.



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