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The Little-Known Patterns on British Streets

  • Publicado em 8 Jan 2017
  • I thought about saying "secret patterns" or "mysterious patterns" in the title, but that'd be a lie: they're just mostly unknown! So let's talk about tactile paving, about design, about accessibility, and about those bumpy bits that you stand on when you're crossing a British street. // Thanks to Richard Holmes and the team from the RNIB! They're at rnib.org.uk , on BRclip at brclip.com/user/rnibuk and on Twitter at rnib !
    The design manual is called Guidance on the Use of Tactile Paving Surfaces (Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions, 1998) [PDF]: www.gov.uk/government/uploads...
    Editor: Michelle Martin (@mrsmmartin)
    DoP / camera operator: Tomek (@tomek - brclip.com/user/tomek )
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Comentários • 4 010

  • Tom Scott
    Tom Scott  5 anos atrás +15578

    Apologies to anyone who's easily annoyed by mismatched patterns, because once you're primed to notice how often contractors get this stuff wrong, you'll see it everywhere...

    • Matheus Capitânio
      Matheus Capitânio 10 meses atrás

      Everyone presumes tactiles are for people with no sight (me included). This is not discussed in universities either. I have a bsc. In civil engineering and not once have we discussed this type of pavement through graduation. Although legislation specifies tile type, I don't think it does so about colour.
      Ed: Brazil

    • Premium Gaming Developer
      Premium Gaming Developer 10 meses atrás

      Wow your sO smart tell us more.

    • Mary Lea
      Mary Lea 11 meses atrás

      The shot of you crossing the road was excellent - really reminded me that cars are dangerous, and reinforced the point that these pavement cues are really important. It's outrageo that councils are going for aesthetics over safety. Great video.

    • TheImmortalReaper
      TheImmortalReaper 11 meses atrás

      @Jason wow I use iPhone 13

    • Zina Stanescu
      Zina Stanescu 11 meses atrás

      I understand why are those next to the lights or in crossing roads those ….

  • Jack
    Jack 5 anos atrás +12148

    genuinely thought he was gonna get hit by that van to prove his point

    • Mary Barrera
      Mary Barrera 3 meses atrás +1

      me too! hah

    • TheNab2323
      TheNab2323 11 meses atrás +1

      Jesus crossing Christ

    • TM
      TM 11 meses atrás +1

      The van really there av no double checked but seemed iffy n where did go????

    • Bartholomew Lyons
      Bartholomew Lyons Anos atrás +1


    • Meine Namen
      Meine Namen Anos atrás +1

      You mean the cars that are clearly standing still?

  • dana g
    dana g 2 anos atrás +2983

    I’m partially blind and I think It’s great that they’d do something like that for their streets. Where I’m from we have nothing. However the fact that they’re choosing to change the color of these dots to the normal concrete color is very inconsiderate. They put aesthetics over needs .its a shame.

    • david graham
      david graham 18 dias atrás +1

      @.°Eππe¥uex™ʕ´•ᴥ•`ʔ , The difference that colors make for blind people is much more important than you might realize. Blind does not necessarily mean
      that you see nothing at all. Imagine if your corneas have been destroyed by having lye splashed in them. Light can still come through, but yhe picture your brain receives will be completely blurred.
      You could still make out blurred colors though, so some information can still be gleaned.
      There are many eye/brain conditions or diseases that render a person blind, but still allow light to be perceived.
      Contrast can be informative compared to a totally blacked out picture.
      Hope I explained well enough.

    • Lost Account
      Lost Account Mês atrás

      Thanks for sharing your opinion! I hope it gets easier for you, or you are able to vist places where it's easier for you to enjoy yourself and move about like you desrve to.

    • carpetfluff
      carpetfluff Mês atrás

      Where I live they started to blend the road with the pavement at some junctions, so the section of road is the same colour as the paving either side rather than road coloured with a very slight ramp rather than a curb each side. This has proven dangerous even for sighted people, especially in this day and age where people stare at their phones while they walk - if the colour in their peripheral vision stays 'pavement' they might not even realise they've walked into the road. Needless to say, having wasted tax payers money to do it, they're now using more of it to fix it after having so many complaints.

    • andy 70D
      andy 70D 2 meses atrás

      @.°Eππe¥uex™ʕ´•ᴥ•`ʔ it's not for blind people, but partially sighted people.

    • Alexandra Norris
      Alexandra Norris 7 meses atrás +1

      @.°Eππe¥uex™ʕ´•ᴥ•`ʔ did you watch the start of the vid? most people are partially or mostly blind, not completely

  • metacob
    metacob 2 anos atrás +2152

    As a German, I always have to switch to a different mindset when coming to London. The cars drive in the other direction, and as a pedestrian, you cross the road when the lights are red, not green. Or whenever the hell you want. Especially when a policeman is watching. In Germany on the other hand, you always stop on red, even if it's the middle of the night and there are no cars around for miles. That's because an invisible child might be hiding in the bushes, watching you be a bad example.

    • NFSHeld
      NFSHeld 2 dias atrás

      Depends on the city though. In Cologne people are walking red lights all the time. I'm one of those persons that people bump into when I stop on the side walk after the lights turned red.

    • tt 321
      tt 321 Mês atrás

      Making jaywalking illegal is completely bonkers.

    • xc43t
      xc43t Mês atrás

      I always consider traffic lights as a recommendation here in Prague. I always look around to assess traffic and search for police. They sometimes ticket jaywalkers. If there are children around (completely visible beings), I wait for green.
      To be honest, I think I would be OK with your more stricter approach. The thing is, or traffic lights are set for drivers. Comfort of walkers is not considered. I am fairly certain that in more civilized countries it's not so bad..

    • PestoMayo
      PestoMayo 9 meses atrás

      @HIMARS Makes me happy!!! That's funny you say that: In the U.S., pedestrians have the right of way, too, but you still have people plenty of people jay walking. It can really depend which city you are in, though. For instance, I had noticed that Seattle residents don't tend to jay walk, and even the officers in the vicinity will yell at them to cross in the proper spots. On the other hand, Baltimore residents often walk out in front of traffic from random locations, meaning that if you're driving, you have to extra diligent of your surroundings and proactive in regards to pedestrians.

    • Sentence to DESU!
      Sentence to DESU! 10 meses atrás +1

      @A R you never know whats in children minds. Especially in ones that has an ability to become invisible

  • CertifiedAssMan
    CertifiedAssMan Anos atrás +245

    The amount of respect I have for blind people is insane. Being able to navigate through the streets, let alone a city as big as London, without sight is such an incredible ability.

    • Winjin
      Winjin 4 meses atrás +2

      Same. I often thought what would I do if I go completely blind. Will I ever make up courage to leave home. I remember trying to navigate around my house with eyes closed. It was depressing.

  • ROPO
    ROPO Anos atrás +221

    One of my favourite patterns in London is the thickly painted green line on the floor that goes all the way from the tube station to the front door of Moorfields eye hospital to help partially sighted people find their way to their appointments!

  • Mark Anthony
    Mark Anthony Anos atrás +449

    I am one of the unlucky ones, Partially Sighted and have Arthritis. Those raised markings kill my feet, but are great for me crossing the road, etc. No win situation.

    • Anonymous
      Anonymous 8 meses atrás +1

      Maybe you should be the arbiter as to how much tactile paving to use. Enough so that you find your way but not enough to feel like hell on every street!

    • OptimusPhillip
      OptimusPhillip 11 meses atrás

      @dylan murphy That might be a difficult, if not outright impossible, balance to strike. After all, if they weren't somewhat rigid, you wouldn't be able to easily feel them.

    • Volcan
      Volcan Anos atrás +1

      @Hi Hi I never said that I was talking about arthritis

    • Volcan
      Volcan Anos atrás

      @dylan murphy I personally never complained about the tiles so I didn't see the problem with the hardness of the tiles

    • Volcan
      Volcan Anos atrás +20

      I'm sorry to hear that hopefully the future technology will be able to aid in your needs I already know that we can use Cameras to Detect Walls so that may be used to help detect things in the future making almost zero need of those tiles someday

  • Just Some Guy without a Mustache

    It's like you just feel inclined to listen to Tom and it’s so easy to follow along. I'm glad Tom decided to become an educator.

    • Disguisedragon
      Disguisedragon 10 meses atrás +1

      I swear every video I watch you have commented what are you a virtual time traveler.

    • JoeyJoseph
      JoeyJoseph Anos atrás

      Okay Everywhere

    • Pip Pipster
      Pip Pipster Anos atrás

      This short thread is hilarious 🤣

    • Ponepilla
      Ponepilla Anos atrás

      Why are you everywhere?

    • Shak273
      Shak273 Anos atrás

      I thought you meant Tom and Jerry

  • paulgrant421
    paulgrant421 11 meses atrás +73

    These have probably saved the lives of fully sighted people as well. We so often are looking down at our phones as we walk along, having this visual and tactile clue that you're about to walk into a street has almost certainly stopped people from walking into traffic even without being consciously aware of the meaning of the patterns.

    • Mathew Fullerton
      Mathew Fullerton 9 meses atrás

      But, they aren't saving the species, then. If sighted people are too stupid to look up from their phones, we would be better off letting Darwinism take care of them.

    • Edward Cardona
      Edward Cardona 10 meses atrás +7

      @Darryl Kinslow I've certainly associated it with a crossing, and I've also never found them to be slippery in the rain

    • FloatingPyro
      FloatingPyro 10 meses atrás +6

      @Darryl Kinslow I've never slipped on these?

    • paulgrant421
      paulgrant421 10 meses atrás +4

      @Darryl Kinslow, I've not had that issue in the States. The ones I've encountered in our cities are coated with a non-skid paint which has a sand-like texture.

    • Darryl Kinslow
      Darryl Kinslow 10 meses atrás

      They've almost ended lives of sighted people. When they're wet from the rain, even anti slip shoes slip on them. I don't know of anyone who's stopped because "oh, studs", but I know of plenty who've almost slid out into the street. If that's the case for sighted people, I wonder how many blind people have already died from them.

  • Frostie
    Frostie 2 anos atrás +15

    I'm a transportation engr in the US, and I've been intrigued by this for so long! I'm glad to understand it more even in another country and hope it helps communicating the importance of it to contractors moving forward 😊 thanks for the video!

  • Nicholas Oppen
    Nicholas Oppen 2 anos atrás +10251

    "When there are tons of metal flying past you" *walks in front of moving van without looking*

    • Broomhagen The 1st
      Broomhagen The 1st 18 dias atrás

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    • thefiestaguy
      thefiestaguy 27 dias atrás

      Green pedestrian crossing light, van was coming to a natural stop....

    • Windows XP memes and stuff lol
      Windows XP memes and stuff lol Mês atrás

      @Neko Shreds paid actor

    • ORSAz
      ORSAz Mês atrás

      @Shawn Pitman Everyone should be paying attention, really.

    • ORSAz
      ORSAz Mês atrás

      @Lorcan Flahive ✋

  • Kristen Blount
    Kristen Blount Anos atrás +42

    When I was a kid my rollerblades got caught up in the textured pavement & I fell and injured myself. I was quite irritated that they put bumps on the sidewalk until someone told me what they were for.

  • L Turner
    L Turner 10 meses atrás +9

    These are great. Tokyo has strips like this running through the city that connects almost every, if not every single train or sub station.

  • vivekanand sajjan
    vivekanand sajjan Anos atrás +10

    Tom is the person who makes even the pedestrian crossing an interesting one.

  • The not so Cowardly Lioness

    This is very interesting. Now I'm curious if there are similar pattern differences in the US. If not, I wonder if any individual states have standard patterns. Thank you😺

  • Steven Cowles
    Steven Cowles Anos atrás +3

    Only knew a small part of this, interesting to know how much planning is involved in street layouts

  • Margaret🌈
    Margaret🌈 11 meses atrás +2

    Very interesting and informative thank you Tom. I walked into a lamppost looking down at the patterns 😄

  • Pherotone Studios
    Pherotone Studios 2 anos atrás +1

    Very interesting as always. I’d noticed a couple of those before and it’s nice to understand the differences. Hopefully more towns and cities will adopt these markers

  • rpowling
    rpowling Anos atrás +2

    This is so cool! I never knew what they were all for. I hope they do continue to brightly identify them with contrasting paint! Does anyone know when this started in britain?

  • Autoskip
    Autoskip Mês atrás

    Re-watching this after a recent trip to Melbourne, Australia - generally when I do see these textures they do have good contrast (but I do realise there's a bit of a perception bias there) and I've definitely seen a bunch of places where they're shiny metal lumps set in the darker footpath, which would have a far harder time getting to the point that they blend in from all the grime that happens from being next to busy roads, but I saw a set that I really liked in Melbourne - the grid of raised dots were lit to show the pedestrian crossing light's current colour - obviously it's not something that could be realistically installed on every street corner, but where it is installed, I could see it being really helpful to the portion of the population that are "only" legally blind.

  • Hyu Lee
    Hyu Lee 7 meses atrás +1

    I remember seeing this a couple years ago and thinking that it was great to see someone enthusiastically talking about this. Then during Rona I stumbled across Tom's channel. I just now realised that what I had seen all those years ago was one of Tom's Videos.
    Thank you Tom Scott, you are an inspiration.

  • Victoria Eads
    Victoria Eads Anos atrás

    This is vitally important information, thank you! Now going to look up the US standards.....
    I feel like knowing this will give people who want to be good allies the information they need to go to public infrastructure meetings and advocate for things like bright, contrasting color pavements and universally implemented patterns. Obviously, the people who NEED this will already be advocating for this.

  • FTV Funtime videos
    FTV Funtime videos 4 meses atrás

    I find it fascinating to learn how much detail goes into designing cities!

  • Henry Young
    Henry Young 2 anos atrás +1077

    Tom you missed the opportunity to explain considerations for deaf blind people. On the underside of the box with the crossing request button there is often a serrated knob. When the crossing visual and audible alerts are signaled, the knob rotates to provide tactile feedback for those unable to see and hear. It must take a great deal of nerve and trust to cross in such circumstances ! Another good adaptation which you'll see in Singapore. The crossing request boxes have a Senior Citizen card RFID reader enabling those who need a little extra time to cross to activate an extended time feature for the crossing.

    • Petra44YT Nein!
      Petra44YT Nein! Mês atrás

      Oh, the Singapore idea is really cool. :-)

    • randomcow505
      randomcow505 Mês atrás

      and if you spin the knob the lights change faster
      source: trust me bro, a 6yo kid told me when I was 5

    • Frozen Bus Channel 魔雪巴士頻道
      Frozen Bus Channel 魔雪巴士頻道 5 meses atrás +1

      @ColinTNMP Productions that's very bad design, the code should've stated a minimum crossing time allocated, as is the case in HK

    • Kaiimei
      Kaiimei 10 meses atrás +2

      I always used to spin them because I got told that spinning them made the lights change faster. It doesn't, obviously, what it did do was keep me distracted and busy while waiting at the lights instead of being annoying or impatient xD

    • Mary Lea
      Mary Lea 11 meses atrás +2

      For some reason some idiot is always breaking them.

  • Horwellston
    Horwellston Anos atrás +8

    Seeing Tom Scott stand up and cross the street is the most exciting thing that's happened to me all day. Just like Jason Bourne.

  • El Becko
    El Becko Anos atrás +3

    Never knew this. For some reason I thought it was just for grip in wet conditions. Sod aesthetics in this instance. How much time, effort and money was spent creating these textures to help the visually impaired, only for them to be cut up and dulled. An excellent system fallen by the wayside.
    Great work composing the Starsky and Hutch theme btw.

  • The wrong bike
    The wrong bike Anos atrás +1

    Thank you. Now that I have read pager 71, I understand the reason why an inherently dangerous tram-line surface has been installed for cyclists to negotiate and now you know why cyclists cross to the pedestrian side :-)

  • Erik Efse
    Erik Efse Mês atrás

    They've recently added a lot of those on street corners in the city center of my home city. Even as a person with fill sight, they've kept me on a sidewalk when my attention was elsewhere before, i can only imagine how big this is for people without sight

  • Milky Makes
    Milky Makes Anos atrás

    They recently installed these in our small town for the corners of intersections. I had no idea they meant something. Thanks for the info

  • riquelmeone
    riquelmeone Anos atrás +1

    As a German I have to say these little things are great in the UK.
    This is what I would call great engineering.

  • Rhys Thomas Tours
    Rhys Thomas Tours 11 meses atrás +2

    Thanks Tom, I'd never realised that's why we have the studded pavement before.
    I'm hyper-aware of it these days because I'm pushing my daughter around in a pushchair!

  • Naytan man
    Naytan man Anos atrás

    This was waaayyyy more informative than I thought it would be, so thank you....... Knowledge is power!!

  • san san
    san san 3 anos atrás +4446

    My day wasn't a total waste. I've learnt something . Thanks

    • Secret C
      Secret C 11 meses atrás

      me neither! I had a massive wank!

    • Peridot Rainbow
      Peridot Rainbow Anos atrás +1

      @Sofía Rosero No, it's correct. I think they were just remarking on it because it sounds posh.

    • Egg
      Egg Anos atrás

      That's interesting, I watch educational videos like this all the time, and my mind is full of these little facts but to me they feel kind of pointless. When i spend an entire day just watching educational videos that I'll likely never use for anything practical I feel like I've completely wasted my day.
      I guess it's just about perspective

    • Sofía Rosero
      Sofía Rosero Anos atrás +1

      @M_uz12 sorry---I didn't know when I made this comment that ''one'' isn't used in English in that sense. It's just that in Spanish, my native language, it's common to use ''uno'' as in ''you''.

    • M_uz12
      M_uz12 Anos atrás +1

      @Sofía Rosero "one" 💀

  • 12fishcake
    12fishcake Anos atrás +2

    Lived here (england) my whole life and never realised what these were!
    I always assumed that the texture was to provide better grip to help avoid slipping at a crossing or at the top of a staircase.
    Interesting to know, thanks!

    • dig6394
      dig6394 10 meses atrás +1

      Same, because I know that actually is a thing. So I usually just assumed other such patterns were an extension of that in ways I didn't always understand.

  • Lucianna
    Lucianna 9 meses atrás

    I live in the US and we also have tactile paving at curb crossings, but I've never paid enough attention to know if we have similar markers to those you mentioned for trams and the like

  • NateLeePhillips
    NateLeePhillips 5 meses atrás

    I always thought those dot patterns (some of which are used here in the States) were for more grip on icy sidewalks. Never knew they were for partially sighted/blind people.

  • George Alderson
    George Alderson 2 anos atrás

    I had absolutely no idea of the reason for or indeed that there even was a reason for patterned paving. Thank you for education and blessings and peace to all sight impaired people.

  • megamollie9
    megamollie9 10 meses atrás

    I wondered why it was there, I thought maybe to provide grip for people in wheelchairs or something. Brilliant idea to do this for blind people and very interesting to learn that such a system is in place.

  • testdasi
    testdasi 8 meses atrás

    Wow, I have thought for years that those patterns are to improve traction so people don't slip and fall over into the track or into traffic.

  • Nevets
    Nevets Anos atrás +1

    Brilliant. I've just come across this video. Never knew about this. I have full ability to see. I'm lucky. Having this for blind people is just fantastic. Thanks for educating me on these matters.

  • Ewan Philip
    Ewan Philip 2 meses atrás

    As an Australian, seeing you walk in front of the van without hearing the crossing go off gave me a mini heart attack. Almost immediately I remembered that other countries exist but jfc there was a split second where I was very worried

  • therealdebater
    therealdebater 5 anos atrás +402

    Tom, you are an example to the rest of the world (i.e. the Internet ;-) of how to present this sort of segment. You succeed in holding the watcher's interest, and putting across the ideas in a way that doesn't bore people to death in a few seconds, but without needing to resort to flashy gimmicks. Often the presenter's ego gets in the way of the message, but I think you pitch it just perfectly. 10 out of 10.

    • xxx xxx
      xxx xxx 3 anos atrás

      well said👍

    • nobby styles
      nobby styles 3 anos atrás

      while your down on your knees mate can i have one too.

    • GW H
      GW H 3 anos atrás +5

      This is a wholesome channel that just wants to spread knowledge, fantastic

    • TotalWeirdo
      TotalWeirdo 3 anos atrás +2

      @Eva AHH That's their point? Others might take 10 minutes, but clearly it only takes 3.

    • Gambit771
      Gambit771 4 anos atrás +12

      therealdebater No 10 minute video to explain something that takes 2.

  • Leonardo Taufan
    Leonardo Taufan Anos atrás

    In my country, those things lead directly to a street pole/tree, or a street vendor right to their table. Heck, I've seen some where it led to a massive hole on the ground. Not saying everywhere is like that, but most of the cities I've been to have this problem.
    No wonder I rarely see any blind people traversing on foot.

  • Gormathius Nightstrider
    Gormathius Nightstrider 10 meses atrás

    Those exist on Norwegian streets too, and I've always wondered what they're for. I figured they had something to do with safety, but couldn't work out in what way.

  • micro-repairs ltd
    micro-repairs ltd Anos atrás

    I never even knew it was used for that , I found this video very interesting to watch because something you see every day actually has a purpose. Brilliant video👍

  • Lun
    Lun 2 anos atrás

    They have these in the capital city of my country and I always thought they were meant as an anti-skating thing as when you go over them with a skateboard they all of a sudden slow you down alot especially if youre going fast. I always thought to myself why would they be so against skating, makes alot more sense now.

  • Aaron Keogh
    Aaron Keogh 3 anos atrás +4633

    “Ah well it’s supposed to be red” : welcome to Britain, when things aren’t done right but it doesn’t matter

    • Max_Hostility
      Max_Hostility Anos atrás

      Where your meant to have milk in tea but people don’t

    • Stewart t
      Stewart t Anos atrás +2

      I have to disagree. Go travel the world and you'll see that the UK is comparatively very safe when it comes to standards of safety and attitudes in general.

    • Ojthemighty
      Ojthemighty Anos atrás

      Explains a lot

    • Sanh Deda
      Sanh Deda Anos atrás

      Same in Bulgaria XD

    • Tionanima
      Tionanima Anos atrás

      i was waiting for the crash

  • Seth Clayborne
    Seth Clayborne 9 meses atrás

    you can find these fairly often on American sidewalks too, i had never really questioned why they were there though. i just noticed they were always on ramped sidewalks that lead into the street so i assumed they were for traction in rain or snow as well as a sort of drainage

  • Stephen Graham
    Stephen Graham 11 meses atrás

    For some reason my local council has placed stripes along the path at cycle track junctions, which are not safe for partially sighted people and are dangerous for cyclists in icy or wet conditions.

  • Coz McWillie
    Coz McWillie 2 anos atrás +1

    Very interesting.
    However I noticed when you finished you got up and walked straight across the road without looking: although the green person crossing lit up doesn't necessarily mean it is safe to do so. Always look both ways, -if you're able.

  • Jami Huff
    Jami Huff 11 meses atrás

    Great vid Tom. I wasn't aware of the significance of the different kinds of paving. New knowledge is always a good thing

  • Neil Burns
    Neil Burns 11 meses atrás

    I actually thought that tactile paving had been to help protect the likes wheelchairs or pushchairs at road junctions or traffic lights so as to help stop people advertly rolling onto a busy road.
    I hadn't realised that they were there to assist partially sighted or visually impaired communities.

  • Tobe Vincent
    Tobe Vincent 2 anos atrás

    Thought this was going to be a quickly disregarded video, 3mins I gave it a try. Really really enjoyed. I’d like to learn more please. An easily missed, but recognisable, tactile part of everyone’s environment that should be explained. It helps everyone and is critical to the partially sighted. I feel if people knew, it’s cost could be easily justified.

  • MedK
    MedK 2 anos atrás

    We have those in Brazil too, but I've only ever seen two types of tactile paving:
    Offset dots, which mean "stop"; there's either a wall, a road in front of you, or the path's just changing directions.
    Stripes along the path, which are the opposite; keep walking.
    They're both red, too.

  • Justin Bremer
    Justin Bremer Anos atrás

    The way my grandpa's walker got held up in them, I always thought it was to stop wheelchairs rolling down the ramp into the road, or at least in part. I kinda thought "foot braille," but they also made a grippy texture, so... Neat!

  • Pedro Fleck
    Pedro Fleck Anos atrás

    These patterns are use here in Brazil too, although a little differently, the dotted ones are for possible danger, like near signs, street lamps and the end of the pavement, there's a different pattern for building entrances and the "lined" one is usually across the entire pavement/sidewalk showing a safe spot for visually impaired people to walk. And they're always yellow, afaik.

  • powdies
    powdies Anos atrás

    So interesting! I honestly thought the dots were there for non slip purposes. But I'm wondering how on Earth you'd distinguish between aligned and offset dots? With a cane?

  • TheDrip
    TheDrip Anos atrás +1

    I feel like topics like this should be taught in schools 👍

  • mattpoker85
    mattpoker85 2 anos atrás

    I think this is a great idea. The buff/yellow coloured paving is meant to be for uncontrolled crossings and red is meant to be used for controlled crossings. e.g pelican/puffin crossing. They are also an L-shape if you have a large footpath so that you don’t walk past them, the L-shape should run to the back of the footpath.

  • Veldo123
    Veldo123 Anos atrás

    Great video about things we see on every day basis, that explains there is more behind them. Thank you.

  • TubbDoose
    TubbDoose Anos atrás +2

    I’ve always love seeing those little dots when I’m back in Scotland I had no idea they had a purpose other than looking cool

  • Christopher Budden
    Christopher Budden 2 anos atrás +2

    As someone who scoots everywhere and tries to thread the needle through those bumps I’m proud to say I noticed.

  • The Infinite Flight Deck
    The Infinite Flight Deck 2 anos atrás +4

    I am visually impaired, yet, I never knew of the different patterns. I new about Tactile paving meant there was a road there. But thankfully I have enough vision I don’t really need to think about how exactly it’s paved out. Very interesting.

  • smitcher
    smitcher 5 anos atrás +694

    1:34 I love the way the drains incorporate the tactile surface but whoever lifted them last didn't put them back in the right order... British workers at their best...

    • Sisu Guillam
      Sisu Guillam 3 anos atrás

      @mimic mimic and even if the person doing the actual job has been trained properly does mit mean they have been given the means or time to do it as it should been done!

    • Sisu Guillam
      Sisu Guillam 3 anos atrás +3

      @mimic mimic and even if the person doing the actual job has been trained properly does mit mean they have been given the means or time to do it as it should been done!

    • Joe3500
      Joe3500 3 anos atrás +5

      We have some of the best tradesmen in the world in the UK not many countries have the same quality as we do. The thing we do lack though is respect for people who do the tougher jobs in the UK.

    • Edgar Lee
      Edgar Lee 3 anos atrás

      I've actually just scanned down the comments looking for this. If you hadn't already have said it I was going to. I've worked with sloppy people like this.

    • mimic mimic
      mimic mimic 3 anos atrás +9

      That's it blame the workers,I'll bet they've never been trained or told about these patters,blame the management.

  • Dennis Gentry
    Dennis Gentry Anos atrás

    In the United States, most new sidewalk "curb cuts" have a tough yellow plastic mat with these bumps installed. In my city in California, they get inspected for correctness, because I've seen them re-do the installation when it wasn't right.

  • Calculated. What a save!

    As a wheelchair user with spinal cord injury I absolutely detest the yellow bumpy pads. I loathe these almost as much as I do a motion activated water faucet with pathetic flow rate. The bumps cause my lower body to get all spazzy and my feet slip off the pad they've been on. I hope blind folks actually benefit from these cause boy do they make life harder for people like me.

  • oz1902
    oz1902 2 anos atrás +4

    I’ve often noticed the different designs of paving but, I never gave a thought as to why it was there in till your video. Of course, it’s to help the partially sighted, like a kind of pavement level brail.

    • Christopher Lee
      Christopher Lee 11 meses atrás

      They're called Tenji blocks. Tenji is "dot characters" in Japanese and so Tenji blocks are "braille blocks".

  • Jaani Kääpä
    Jaani Kääpä 2 anos atrás

    What you didn't notice is how great your streets are for us in wheelchairs. I live in Finlan (we have exacting laws on handicapped mobility), been to Greece, Denmark, Sweden and Iceland. Iceland is way better than Finland, but UK strets are easiest to navigate with chairs. The pavement used is such that it gives great maneuverability yet there isn't overbearing friction that makes movement heavy. The angles on the ramos to the streets are so low that it is extremely easy to go unaided. The patterns also work for us as we can see and feel them. They're just ingenius. Didn't know what they were for, but seems that they're instinctual to me on so many levels.

  • Jamie Collins
    Jamie Collins 3 anos atrás +2007

    I've just learnt more stuff in a 2 min video than any shite that they put on tv over the course of a year . Thank you great vid

    • CPCH
      CPCH Anos atrás

      @LOUIS -YT well i cant tell you, because im from a different country :(

    • LOUIS -YT
      LOUIS -YT Anos atrás

      @CPCH what channels should we watch... i cant seem to find any informative non biased ones 🤷‍♂️

    • Jamie Collins
      Jamie Collins Anos atrás

      @NA NA 🍻

    • CPCH
      CPCH Anos atrás

      You may watch the wrong channels

    • NeonAtom
      NeonAtom 2 anos atrás +6

      Bro, can everyone stop insulting him? the stuff they put on the tv _IS_ crap to be frank

  • 347Jimmy
    347Jimmy Anos atrás

    Australia uses similar (but slightly different) markings
    Our train platform and tram stops seem to use the same marker (a long stripe), while our single dots are larger (I guess less consideration for arthritis)

  • Wrong Way Garage
    Wrong Way Garage Anos atrás

    Awesome information! I wonder if the US uses a standardized version of this same concept…

  • Lee Morris
    Lee Morris Anos atrás

    Initially could be quite complicated, trying to remember the sequences.
    I'd suppose going through the routine many times would help you feel comfortable with it.
    It is the doing that's key to this.
    Practice makes perfect.

  • imaginox9
    imaginox9 Anos atrás

    It changes depending on the country, for example here in Belgium it's stripes when approaching a crossing then the dotted surface to know where to stand before the crossing. And the traffic lights have a sound for blind people (slow clicking for "don't cross", fast clicking for "you can cross"). There are also in Brussels stripes then a soft surface on bus stops to indicate where the front door of the bus will be, or big dots just before the yellow line on metro platforms to indicate the platform edge.

  • PinkThorn242
    PinkThorn242 5 anos atrás +492

    I knew these were a thing, but I didn't think the patterns themselves had a specific meaning.

    • pillsburied
      pillsburied 5 anos atrás +1

      @Epic-Elite Dynamics Well, I suspect we do not actually have freedom of choice. It's an illusion. Our brains are tuned over a lifetime to respond to stimuli with ever-greater sophistication and precision, until overcome by the accelerating degradation. More interesting to me is the nature of consciousness. The brain reacts, and somehow we perceive it as though we made a conscious decision. We are aware of what is going on, but with no direct control. What, then is the significance of "consciousness"? What is its role, evolutionarily speaking? Why can we not function identically but as automatons lacking awareness? I truly believe it is important to get to the root of this problem.

    • Grand-Master Grouch
      Grand-Master Grouch 5 anos atrás +1

      pillsnotbills if that sign means delta, yeah i like deltas myself. Im fascinated in the time markers in that sequence. If he was talking about shapes and patterns. He may have gone into the metaphysic digress. The general shapes can and does depict time delineation. How anyone can conclude future predictions in mans action through that pattern would shatter our perception into any notion of choice or freedom through time and space. That formulation seems to work with general relativity and quantum mechanics to a certain degree. Im waiting on them to publish their findings on the results of grand unified theory which leveraged that sequence as potential unifier. Equations fail when infinity is realized going both scale (large and small) but as long as you dont need to worry about infinity the math works with the 2 pillars of contradicting known science. Only thing that works, considering all things math. Ty for disclosure. 😘👍👍👍

    • pillsburied
      pillsburied 5 anos atrás +2

      @Epic-Elite Dynamics I truly do not deserve such credit. The dude that predicted it is the one who originally replied. That one character speaks volumes. Had he replied with a "/" we might be speaking of a geometric series. Honestly a "^" would have been so much more interesting. Think of the possibilities! The mind reels.

    • Grand-Master Grouch
      Grand-Master Grouch 5 anos atrás +1

      pillsnotbills ok i think i get what you mean. Some dude predicted that it would be likey that some one mentions that sequence. Im not an expert but i believe everytime anyone has sincerely debated patterns to derive any meaning from it, that sequence is identified.
      I guess the same is true when you talk about any aspect of science. You can fundamentally predict the subject matters that will arise during the debate for any given topics of the unknown until its known. Pi(unknown) is always considered on anything round. Newton for anything gravity(mostly understood but not on the molecular level) So forth so on? Do you agree or disagree about my take on your feedback. If im wrong i hope i deserve to be corrected.

    • pillsburied
      pillsburied 5 anos atrás +2

      Fibonacci sequence involves addition, proving that the Midtownskyport guy somehow anticipated your comment that was to come hours later. How did he do it? We may never know.

  • Grant Beerling
    Grant Beerling Anos atrás

    In landscape architecture ( we do spaces between buildings and public space), lined paving is known as corduroy, there are a hundred other rules concerning , steps, handrails, wayfinding for sighted, partial and blind. Sight lines, desire lines, wind tunnel effects, heat sinks, micro climates and general biophilic design....

  • Stuart Oakley
    Stuart Oakley Anos atrás +2

    @1:30 anyone else notice the 2 middle manhole covers were put back on back to front? So the yellow paving isn't correctly positioned. And again in the next clip... How can the workers not notice that? I wouldn't be able to leave until they were lut back in the correct position.

  • Professor Jay Tee
    Professor Jay Tee 5 meses atrás

    Interesting. Here in Kobe, Japan, these patterns are also everywhere. Stations, sidewalks, crossings... and they look identical to these (to me at least).

  • Danny Lange
    Danny Lange 11 meses atrás +1

    Shows we are actually miles ahead with little things like this.. this has been used for
    Years as well

  • rockchapelboy92
    rockchapelboy92 5 anos atrás +28

    Great video, especially the part about places now going for stuff that blends in. As a partially sighted person, this is a huge annoyance, and often a hazard, to me.
    Prime example is bollards, street lamps, signs and traffic light poles. More and more they use new, sleek, grey or silver ones which (depending on the lighting) can completely blend in with the road, footpath or grass. Have lost count of the amount of times I've cracked my nuts on the top of a bollard at this point!
    It's a delicate balance though I guess. Balancing the aesthetics of a place for the majority of people going about their daily business versus the functionality for a minority of people who may have difficulties.

  • John's Modular Jams
    John's Modular Jams Anos atrás +4

    imagine if councils started changing the colour of road signs for aesthetic reasons....

  • G G
    G G 2 anos atrás

    We have all the same markings and grooves in our pavements here in Sri Lanka. Always wondered how it was to be used.

  • Andrew Overton
    Andrew Overton Anos atrás +1

    I presume that the lines on the cycle path side running in the same direction as the cycle traffic were decided upon by someone who has never tried to ride a cycle over it when it is frosty - they are lethal. So cyclists move over to the pedestrian side where the stripes are perpendicular to travel, so posing a danger to visually impaired pedestrians. Engineering fail.

  • Alejandro Scarcella
    Alejandro Scarcella Anos atrás

    those patterns are also in my country (Argentina) along with lots of other cues especially in subway stations where there are lumps and like 3 different warning about the station and where it ends. along with bright visual and auditive cues for incoming traffic or trains. but you will only find those in well populated and rich areas. more poor and less transited areas have almost nothing for blind or partially blind people to move around other than just the bump roads at crossings and even then they arent properly mantained or too broken to be used at all.

  • The_Nuke
    The_Nuke 5 anos atrás +1641

    i get a feeling one day we'll get a video from tom of him on the ISS

    • TekTokTV
      TekTokTV 5 anos atrás +4

      itaybron this is ground control to major tom

    • clayton8or_2
      clayton8or_2 5 anos atrás +1

      Newtons 3rd law does apply, but not really that much- unless your firing a gun with a high recoil- large caliber rifles and shotguns included.

    • Grand-Master Grouch
      Grand-Master Grouch 5 anos atrás +3

      InuKun2008 thats what im saying. That thing is ancient tech from the 60s powered by nazi science(nothing wrong with real science, nazi name drop was for shock value.☺️) we need a orbital resort complete with upside down swimming pool! And 3 breasted cosplay servers from mars.. To much? Its youtube get over it.

    • InuKun2008
      InuKun2008 5 anos atrás +2

      He'd better hurry then, because the ISS is only going to be around until 2024, after which it will be decommissioned for having reached its maximum service life. And unless he has $6 Million US lying around to pay for the tourist rate (which gives you one week on board), his only option to go up there is via the European Space Agency as an enlisted astronaut, rather than as a regular civilian.

    • EverythingIsOnFire
      EverythingIsOnFire 5 anos atrás +2


  • Yella Dart
    Yella Dart Anos atrás

    I have peripheral neuropathy in my feet, and while I certainly notice the bumps more than other people as a result, they don't bother me. It doesn't hurt. It's just kind of an "oof" then a glance down and "ah OK" (presuming I didn't notice I was about to step on it). I just adjust the positioning of my feet a bit when I walk on them.

  • Steve Dickson
    Steve Dickson 11 meses atrás

    You learn something everyday, I just presumed they were extra anti slip pavings as you neared the crossing

  • Silver Legend
    Silver Legend Anos atrás

    What pity that there are not the equivalents of tactile pavements for the increasing numbers of blind drivers on our roads; yes, I am aware of 'speed bumps' but that is only one example and they seem designed more for benefitting the car repair business than any nod to road user safety.

  • Majatek
    Majatek Anos atrás +2

    I didn't know it was supposed to be read. It's so cool that Braille is everywhere! :D
    Seriously though I appreciate the tactile bumps as a sensory-needy type with 20/20 vision (I just wear sunglasses because I like how I look with them). My local city in Tasmania utilises them often as a barrier between pedestrians and vehicles in mixed traffic shopping malls/areas, and it's nice knowing where I am with my feet as well as with my eyes.

    • Lz Killer7
      Lz Killer7 Anos atrás +2

      i like that you're wearing them in your profile picture too

  • Holger
    Holger 2 anos atrás +742

    As a skater, I always assumed these things' only purpose was to prevent me from having too much fun.

    • Big F
      Big F Mês atrás

      you shouldn't pointed that you're yourself, now some people thinl you're selfish😅

    • spong mongler
      spong mongler 10 meses atrás

      @Ali I can do that, too!
      where did your dad go?

    • Ali
      Ali 10 meses atrás +2

      @spong mongler who pissed in your cornflakes?

    • dig6394
      dig6394 10 meses atrás

      @spong mongler I know you are a troll, but local governments *regularly* employ anti-skating measurements all over. It is far from a stretch to believe this is part of that effort and has nothing to do with being self-absorbed.
      There is tons of precendent for it, and your ignorance of that fact doesn't make their ignorance about this illogical.

    • spong mongler
      spong mongler 10 meses atrás

      @MooMooMeadow stop projecting, go be happy

  • David Meade
    David Meade 10 meses atrás +1

    I’ve never ever seen anyone so passionate about paths in my life! Thanks for forcing me to watch this BRclip !

  • BearingAway
    BearingAway 11 meses atrás +2

    Mobility skills and confidence are on a spectrum just like, though not necessarily aligned with, levels of visual impairment. Therefore it is rather ridiculous to suggest that partially sighted people can get around independently and safely whilst blind people cannot.

  • Victor Spoils
    Victor Spoils 22 dias atrás

    These paving stones are all over place and have been around for decades. I can't believe people aren't aware of this, let alone not notice!
    Also why didn't you mention the toggle on the bottom of the crossing control box that spins when it is safe to cross the road to assist deaf/partially sighted people???
    Seems rather relevant
    There's something YOU should know!
    (And I am not blind or deaf)

  • F C
    F C 2 anos atrás

    I’ve actually tripped over these things a million times because you’re not expecting the sidewalk to be raised slightly. We use the same things here in the US on our sidewalks

  • A Powers
    A Powers 5 anos atrás +708

    It damn shame to hear that it's not always consistent.

    • Imran Haque
      Imran Haque 5 anos atrás +1

      shame indeed

    • Jamessuperfun
      Jamessuperfun 5 anos atrás +46

      I blame lazy people working wherever. Rules often seem pointless for things like this, even though they really are not.

    • Jori Diculous
      Jori Diculous 5 anos atrás +11

      The problem with rules, is there is always another rule that overrides or put aside the intended rule. (bureaucracy in a nutshell)

    • whoeveriam0iam14222
      whoeveriam0iam14222 5 anos atrás +30

      but what is always consistent about public stuff.. there are always rules they should have followed but for some reason they didn't do it properly

  • Patricia Lockhart
    Patricia Lockhart Anos atrás

    The bumps are also very difficult when your in a wheelchair. But, it's a balence between making everyone safe.

  • Rob 2477
    Rob 2477 2 anos atrás

    In addition on the yellow and black wait boxes you press to cross the road, there is a small motorised censor underneath the box that the visually impaired can feel rotating once it is safe to cross. This was installed as many crossings now do not have an audible bleeping sound when it is safe to cross. Try it, next time you cross a road press the "Wait" button and place your finger underneath the box, you will feel the censor rotate when safe to cross... ;-)

  • Jeff Heineken
    Jeff Heineken Anos atrás +1

    I enjoy these types of mini Info docs 👍🏻 great job

  • CaNNeD CRaZy
    CaNNeD CRaZy 11 meses atrás

    This is insane! I always thought it was just for grip next to a road.
    How tragic they're not maintained or looked after.

    • Jixie Dye
      Jixie Dye Mês atrás

      The needs of minority groups are often ignored. Its a way of the world.

  • dream catcher
    dream catcher 3 anos atrás +171

    neither blind nor partially sighted, but i found this utterly fascinating - and all this time I never knew - thanks for the knowledge.

  • John Sim
    John Sim Anos atrás +1

    They've just refurbished parts of Sauchiehall Street in Glasgow. And as a fully sighted person I can't tell the difference between the pavement and road now. Pedestrians are utterly reliant upon drivers not running them down. Watching this I realise that someone with partial sight is really in trouble. Even if they have a guide dog it's not going to know the difference either.
    Next time I'm there I'll be looking for these patterns, because even fully sighted people need all the help they can get to avoid getting hurt by council stupidity.