When tactile pavers were first designed by Seiichi Miyake in 1965, no one knew what they were or trusted the design. However, within a few years truncated domes became so popular they were installed on most street corners and sidewalks in Japan.
In the next 30 years, tactile pavers had expanded from the sidewalks of Japan to the sidewalks of Australia, United Kingdom, and eventually the United States and Canada.
Seiichi’s original tactile dome design has changed very little since its conception in the mid 60’s, while its use has not changed at all. When Seiichi first designed the dome, it was to assist pedestrians with limited or no eyesight by providing a surface to step on warning them of potential danger.
The “domes” serve as a dual purpose – allowing those with a walking stick to detect the paver in the path of a user, and also allow someone with shoes to feel the domes underfoot.
Some truncated domes such as plastic cast-in-place have machined grooves for non slip traction, making it even safer for all pedestrians to step on the domes.
Today, tactile pavers are seen everywhere from street crossings, commuter stations, and more.