Clearing Our Path

Creating accessible environments ­for people with vision loss

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Benches

Install benches on the same level as a walkway, set back 600 mm from the walkway to ensure that benches are cane detectible. Their colour should contrast to their surroundings. A tactile change in the area surrounding the bench can be used to indicate to a pedestrian that a bench is nearby.

To accommodate guide dog handlers, situate benches to provide adequate space for a guide dog to lay next to its handler. If benches cannot be situated at least 600mm away from a walkway, provide adequate space behind or next to a bench for a guide dog to rest. A handler should be able to position the dog so that it does not lie in a public pathway and is safe from bicycles or other pedestrians.