Making Accessible and Disabled friendly footpaths with Asian tactiles in urban space of Nepal

Let’s imagine ourselves outside the comfort of our home, walking down a gray footpath to our local dai ko pasal

We know exactly where to turn when to stop. We can make sure that we are physically safe and prevent any uncertain risks with utmost priority. Most of us might have done this countless times with little to no virtual risks. Of course there might be unusual exceptions, nonetheless, most of us might never imagine walking on a footpath, made specifically for pedestrians, to be an absolute alarming safety hazard. Often considered a fairly simple task, many of us surely take it for granted. 

At this point, an indistinct but extensive issue confronts us, ‘Should something as simple as walking to a local grocery shop be a privilege? What about hospitals and schools — should accessing places to exercise even the most basic of human rights be an exceptionally risky, almost impossible undertaking?’ 

The answer, undoubtedly, is an undeniable NO!

However, for many, the unfortunate bitter reality is —- having to shoulder huge risks, depend upon others, or in some very distressing worse cases, even give up these simple yet utterly necessary parts of day-to-day life. Accessibility is a prerogative they have to fight for in their everyday life to sustain. Furthermore, ease and comfort end up as afterthoughts; luxury they might never have a chance to experience when sustaining with low risks is a severely burning issue.

It has, thus, been well recognized throughout the world and a reality we must accept that Accessibility is a prerequisite to ensure the protection of the rights of all. And, hence, it falls upon each and every one of us to safeguard the accessibility of each and every single person to ever cross our vicinity. 

Precisely, ‘Accessibility for All!’

Use of Asian Tactile Tiles for Disabled Friendly Foothpaths

To promote this very virtuous human intention, Asian Concreto offers Asian Tactile tiles which can be used to make all kinds of walkable surroundings safer and more accessible; such as walkways, patios, parks, bus stops, hospitals, government buildings, housing areas, and many more. 

The use of Tactile Tiles, especially in important public areas such as hospitals, schools, police stations, tourist areas, government offices, etc, is an internationally recognized measure and a worldwide effort towards ensuring that people from all walks of life are able to reach and utilize important destinations safely and with maximum comfort and ease. 

Tactile tiles are made with specially designed patterns of ridges and dots which can provide directional guidance to those who require it. These are often laid at the very center of the path/passageway. With an internationally standardized yellow, these tiles have distinct bulging patterns which are in stark contrast from the usual tiles used in the surrounding. This way they are easily recognizable and scannable ensuring that the tiles communicate the necessary information to the person on and using those tiles. Hence, these special designs and their methodical placement attain accessibility to an outstandingly great extent. The standardized use of designs of tactile tiles could make it easier for the disabled to use mobility tools like white cane, visualize and avoid risks and safety hazards with appropriate easy guidance for the required turns and stops. Hence, these have been proven to be especially advantageous for the visually impaired and the wheelchair-bound by providing detectable warnings and guidance of directions wherever necessary. All in all tactile tiles ensure easier navigation and accessibility for all.

Tactile tiles, therefore, chiefly in urban spaces, significantly reduce the likelihood of danger for special needs pedestrians. Moreover, Tactile tiles at Asian Concreto follow international standards in order to actively ensure accessibility for all.