Sidewalks contain small dips or flat handicap ramps that allow wheelchairs, strollers and walkers the ability to pass over the sidewalk and into the street without having to go up or down a step. If you are looking to install new handicap ramps on your streets surfaces, one of the things you can add to the ramp to enhance it is a tactile warning system. A tactile warning system is a texturized plate that someone walking or being wheeled across can feel. Here are a few of the benefits of using a tactile warning surface in conjunction with your sidewalk handicap ramps.
The Surface Helps the Visually Impaired
Most people think that ramps are solely for those in a wheelchair. But these ramps can also help those who are visually impaired safely enter and exit crosswalks. However, the dips in the sidewalk may be a bit confusing, as someone who is visually impaired cannot tell where the sidewalk ends and where the street begins. A tactile warning system provides them with this information. They can feel the texture of the plate, letting them know exactly where the sidewalk ends, and the road begins.
The Surface Keeps People Away from Busy Street Ways
Another benefit to tactile warning surfaces is that these surfaces help to keep people away from busy streets. If you are riding in a wheelchair or motorized scooter, you may not be able to see just how close to the street you are getting. But when tactile warning surfaces are in place, they will be able to feel exactly how close to the street they are getting. This helps to ensure the safety of those riding on the streets.
The Surface Helps Prevent Erosion to the Concrete
The last benefit to using tactile warning surfaces is that it can help to extend the life of the concrete ramp. A tactile plate adds durability and function to the concrete surface. This helps to minimize wear to the surface as people walk across it or as people roll across it in their scooters, wheelchairs or strollers. All in all, this helps the ramp to last longer and minimizes the amount of repair and maintenance it will need.
If you are installing new handicap ramps on the sidewalks in your city or county, consider using tactile warning surfaces in conjunction with them. These surfaces help the visually impaired stay safe, warn those in wheeled items when they are getting too close to the street and helps to prevent your concrete ramp from eroding away.