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What are Tactiles?

Tactiles or Tactile Ground Surface Indicators (TGSI’s) are sometimes known as tactile paving and is a system of surface bumps that are felt when walked on to assist visually impaired pedestrians to navigate the approach to a ramp, step or stairway in public spaces. Studded tactiles have anti-slip properties but are not designed to be used as an anti-slip product.

Tactiles come in two main types – ‘hazard’ (dots) style to warn of a change in floor level and the directional (bar) style tactiles indicate the direction to walk in.

Manufactured to comply with Australian Standards AS/NZS 1428.4.1:2009, tactiles must have 30% colour contrast with the surface they are mounted on and must be positioned correctly to conform with Australian Standards. Tactiles need to be installed the full width of the walkway, start 300mm from the ramp or step and extend 600mm deep in the direction of walking. Tactiles for landings are more technical and depends on the handrail involved.

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