“So let’s talk about tactile paving, about design, about accessibility, and about those bumpy bits that you stand on when you’re crossing a British street.”
We may not have consciously been thinking about it, but it’s probably safe to say that none of us really know what these raised dots on the pavement are actually for…
It turns out there are all kinds of different raised tiles, and they are actually called “tactile tiles”…
The tiles that you find near the edge of crossings are raised so that they can be detected by both visually impaired and sighted pedestrians.
The different types of tactile tiles apparently get used for different kinds of potential hazards!
Offset Blister Tiles – “used to indicate the edge of the platform at Rail and Tram stations”.
Hazard Warning Units – “to denote a hazard, such as the top/bottom of a flight of steps”.
Cycleway Paving – “continuous flat bars to indicate a cycle lane”.
Directional / Guidance Paving – “used to indicate the safest direction of travel for the visually impaired”.
Lozenge Paving – “platform edge warning for on-street applications”. We can expect to see more of these as cities begin to reintroduce trams etc as a common form of transport.
Metal studs are also increasingly used as a deterrent in certain areas, discouraging the use of skateboards, micro-scooters, heelies and other forms of wheel-based activities that “unwanted youths” might loiter about with.