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.