We commonly find yellow bumpy tiles (or sometimes black) on pavements by the roads or at public transportation stations, but do you know what they are for?
Recently, TikTok user @nadiatul_farhana has taken to the social media platform to explain that this textured ground surface is called a tactile guidance surface indicator, and it helps blind people to walk on the pavement safely.
In the video, she said that blind person would depend on a cane to detect the bumps on the tactile paving while walking on the pavement.
“The tiles that have circles are the warning tiles, while the ones with parallel lines are called directional tiles,” she added.
The warning tiles function to warn vision-impaired people of where a walkway ends and the directional tiles help tell the blind people which safe direction they should walk towards.
The video also showed her husband walking on the detectable surfaces at an MRT station and he was seen pointing his cane onto the black and yellow tiles while walking in the same direction as the bumpy lines on them.
Towards the end of the video, Nadia calls out to the public to become aware of the importance of these textured tiles to the blind community.
She shared a couple of pictures that show how motorcycles parked on yellow tactile paving at a train station or any obstructions that lie across the warning tiles.
“Putting barriers on these tiles will endanger the blind people who are walking on them.”
“If you see any blockade on the path, please help move it away,” she said.
She then shared her husband once tripped over a broken concrete bar on a tactile pavement, which resulted a bump on his head.
Meanwhile, Nadia also reminded people not to stand on the textured paving. “In my opinion, it’s okay to walk on it. But don’t stand there while waiting because my husband once almost bumped into someone who was standing there,” she said.
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