10 Jun

Common Barriers for Individuals with Disabilities in Public


Discrimination, stigma, and stereotyping are just some of the challenges that disabled people face every single day. Beyond this viewpoint problem that society has, individuals with disabilities often struggle with a built environment that excludes them from everyday activities. So, don't you think it's high time that we change our lens on disability?

To transform into an all-inclusive society, we need to address the barriers faced by individuals with disabilities. The change will come only when we work hand in hand with the disabled community to break down these hurdles.

23 Mar

What Are The Sidewalk Bumps For?


While walking on the sidewalks, you may have noticed small, colorful bumps where the sidewalk meets the road. What are these bumps? Why are they placed so strategically at the edge of the sidewalk, at crosswalks, and near public transportation? What purpose do they serve? Are they there to increase the grip on the road? Or, do they serve some other purpose? Let’s find out!

16 Nov

Let’s Talk Installation for Detectable Warning Dome Tiles


While the quality and durability of the detectable warning dome tiles are absolutely vital, they are only as good as their installation process. Let’s talk about installation processes.

Installation is when two or more materials are adhered together to form a strong bond. In this case, we have the detectable warning dome tiles that will be bonded to the substrate, the underlying substance or layer, with an adhesive. All the materials might be of the highest quality, but if the installation process is poor, then the integrity of the other materials will be compromised.

11 Aug

Urban Expansion & Detectable Dome Tiles


One result of population growth within cities is something called urban expansion, which is the unrestricted growth of housing, businesses, and roads without any specific planning. Urban expansion influences cities’ social and environmental dynamics, causing a number of disadvantages, including longer commutes, higher transportation costs, pollution, and loss of countryside.

03 Mar

The History of the Detectable Warning Dome Tile


Tactile paving, now known as detectable warning dome tiles, was first developed by Seiichi Miyake in 1965 to help people with vision impairments navigate public spaces.  Major cities and transportation networks throughout the world use detectable warning dome tiles.
 

03 Feb

What Causes Vision Loss?


Vision loss or impairment can be caused by a number of injuries, illnesses, and more. Some cases happen gradually while others occur suddenly. In some situations, vision loss can be easily corrected with eyeglasses, contact lenses, or surgery. But for most, vision loss is a frustrating experience for many as it dramatically changes their way of life.

Age may also play a part in vision loss, usually changes become apparent after 40 years of age.

Here are some common causes of vision loss.

14 Jul

The New World of Bike Delineators & ADA Compliance


Bike delineators are one solution to keeping bicyclists, pedestrians, and vehicle drivers safe. They need to meet certain requirements in order to serve individuals with disabilities and be ADA compliant.

01 Jul

7 Key Considerations for Choosing Detectable Dome Tiles


Choosing detectable dome tiles comes down to seven key considerations starting with ADA compliance. Detectable dome tiles require a high level of durability to withstand constant pedestrian traffic and heavy motor vehicles. Beyond the general traffic, detectable warning dome tiles also deal with extreme temperatures and weather patterns.

When choosing detectable dome tiles, consider these important factors for choosing a dome tile that meets ADA compliance standards from color to durability.

05 Jun

The Versatility of Radius Tiles for ADA Compliant Public Spaces


Over the last few years, more and more urban designers and architects are incorporating radius shapes as part of their exterior designs. These new shapes bring modern life to an intersection rather than the classic rectangular ramp pattern we are all accustomed to. These specific radius tiles are made-to-order and manufactured with the same nano-engineered polymer concrete material as the standard TekWay ADA Dome Tiles to ensure long lasting durability and functionality. 

02 Apr

Why is a Minimum Compression Strength of 12K psi Strongly Recommended for Truncated Domes?


Truncated domes or detectable warning tiles are designed to withstand sustained pedestrian traffic, and in order for them to remain reliable over the span of many years, a minimum compression strength of 12K psi is recommended.