• TACTILE GUIDANCE PATHS

    – protect and show the way

Tactile guidance paths are a very important part of the accessibility adaptation and safety for public premises and workplaces. The guidance paths should make it easier for people to orientate themselves and find the right way, regardless of their visual impairment or any kind of disability.

Guidance paths create accessibility and safety

At FocusNeo, we work to create accessible environments for everyone. Orientation (including directions) constitutes a central area that increases the accessibility, safety and usability of premises and places for persons with reduced mobility or orientation. We use studied methods and our experience to deliver the best possible accessibility adaptation while increasing clarity. The development of guidance paths is part of this work, but in order to maximise results, we must look at the whole, where we also analyse the need for things like contrast markings, reference signs, information boards etc.

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What does legislation say?

Public places and areas for facilities other than buildings shall be designed to be useful for persons with reduced mobility or orientation. For open spaces, specific guidance paths shall exist. Even in existing public places, obstacles in the form of a lack of contrast markings and warning markings must be remedied.

Contrasts and markings in buildings: “For people with reduced orientation, it should be easy to find and access important target points such as walkways, stairs, ramps and actuators. In public spaces (open spaces) such as receptions and foyers, there should be continuous tactile and guidance paths.”

Tactile guidance paths both indoors and outdoors

We work with tactile guidance paths for both indoor and outdoor use. We have a wide range of products for all types of environments and help you find the right solutions based on your circumstances and needs.

Some basic concepts that may be good to know:

  • A guidance path shows the way to important target points in the building.
  • Tactile guidance path means that the path is felt with the help of e.g. a white cane.
  • Visual guidance path means that the path has sufficient brightness contrasts to the rest of the floor so that people with impaired vision or cognitive ability can more easily orientate themselves in the room.
  • A choice point on the surface is created when a guidance path divides into two alternative paths or when two guidance paths intersect. It should be smooth and should be the same colour/brightness as the guidance path so that it contrasts against the other floor surface.
  • A stop point on the surface is created in front of an obstacle or risk area, for example where the guidance path has reached a downward staircase or slope in the floor. The stop point on the surface consists of raised knobs with a brightness that contrasts against other floor coverings.
  • An attention field is created in front of e.g. an elevator, doors or in front of a staircase going up. Here, the same markers are used as for choice points on surfaces.
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