Tactile paving

Tactile paving (or surface) is a textured surface which gives different information to blind and partially-sighted people. UK guidance available here(link is external).

There are two variants -

  • blister paving - used to indicate crossing points
  • corduroy (or ladder) paving - used for several purposes. To highlight the start of 'shared use'; to mark the top or bottom of stairs; to mark the edge of the 'footway' in shared space areas. In the Netherlands (and other countries) cordurory is used to guide people to crossing points.

As a general principle, high-quality design for cycling should mean that tactile paving is never crossed while cycling, just as motorists never cross tactile paving when they are driving on roads and streets.