Monday, November 12, 2012

Tactile Paths

Tactile routes, via Cairoli, Livorno
The installation of tactile routes is almost complete on the sidewalks of “Via Cairoli”. These modular tiles are coded with the Loges system: you have to follow the lines, with the buttons marking the danger. It would in theory make movement easier for people with impaired vision. We already have this kind of tiles in “Via Magenta” and you can see and feel them with your feet on many platforms in railway stations.
Tactile routes, via Cairoli, Livorno
Provided that they will stay clear of cars and scooters, my only doubt about these routes is that they are not very straight, changing direction quite often.
Tactile routes, via Cairoli, Livorno
Around obstacles the pattern of the tiles gets sometimes quite complicated. Some of our brightest minds already use these as bike paths.

11 comments:

Robert Geiss said...

Over here, they are in yellow colour. Most of the times either parked upon with cars or in many cases broken.

If working, would indeed be great a help. Please have a good new week ahead.

Michelle said...

I am not familiar with these, but I have not lived in the city for quite a number of years now. Very interesting.

Luis Gomez said...

Had never seen them VP.

Randy said...

Interesting.

Jack said...

Hmmm. I wonder, VP. This might be another of the best intentions paving the way to hell.

cieldequimper said...

The idea is excellent but as Jack said...

Babzy said...

never seen that before ... Hope it will be efficient :)

Dina said...

It's a fine idea. But if I were blind, I'd still keep my cane or guide dog.

Traveling Hawk said...

I've seen such roads in other countries too but I didn't really know their practical use. Thanks for explaining!

JM said...

Very graphic shots!

Stefan Jansson said...

Never seen that before.