The Little-Known Patterns on British Streets

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Tom Scott
Tom Scott - 3 years ago
Apologies to anyone who's easily annoyed by mismatched patterns, because once you're primed to notice how often contractors get this stuff wrong, you'll see it everywhere...
Sam - 6 months ago
@Nadeox1 Nokia 3410
90 Lancaster
90 Lancaster - 6 months ago
Well what you do then is report it to the council (ideally with Phone GPS & photos) and site the relevant guidelines or statutes and tell them they have a set period to fix it or else you will hold them legally responsible for any incidents on that location. Much like you would potholes. Oh and the raised dots might have a useful secondary benefit when there is snow on the ground too, of making it a bit harder to slip and fall in the road accidentally when near a crossing..
the destroyer
the destroyer - 7 months ago
4 some reason u remind me of Prof. Brian Cox
carealoo744 - 8 months ago
... I'm Sorry, I don't get the Traffic-Light 1.
James Kenny
James Kenny - 8 months ago
In ireland we had them srone things for the blind in my local aldi
Mario - 2 days ago
"...when there are tons of metal speeding past you"
Red River Scout
Red River Scout - 3 days ago
I have noticed they have started implementing at least a variation of it here in Canada too.
John Wong Kim Siong
John Wong Kim Siong - 3 days ago
Wow. Now I realise, Singapore has this great design choice. On grey pavements, there are usually shiny stainless steel type of buttons for the visually impaired. It makes sense aesthetically and makes it easy for the partially blind to spot them as well. I think.
just some nachos
just some nachos - 7 days ago
Looked like you were gonna get run over. Worried me for a second there.
SiJamz NZ
SiJamz NZ - 9 days ago
Damn, I always thought this was for grip in the rain, but it makes sense.
Chris P Bacon
Chris P Bacon - 9 days ago
Such a great thing
Demora King
Demora King - 12 days ago
Why you always leave your cameraman behind?
M Detlef
M Detlef - 12 days ago
Hmmmm.... I feel ya!!!
M Detlef
M Detlef - 12 days ago
“Look Right.” For you RIGHT side drivers.
Ryan Liu
Ryan Liu - 14 days ago
I've seen those in china too
Dion van Wageningen
Dion van Wageningen - 15 days ago
1:40 But...
Alex C
Alex C - 16 days ago
Atleast now I know when I fall off my skateboard over them its helping the blind
Garfield Kitty Tales
Garfield Kitty Tales - 17 days ago
The Best in the Streets for UK 😉👍
Jon Hartley
Jon Hartley - 17 days ago
How do blind people look out for cyclists? Or were cyclists meant to follow simple rules all this time?
Egon Freeman
Egon Freeman - 25 days ago
They're generally all around Europe, I guess. At the very least, they're all around Poland, wherever there's been recent construction anyway.
NetAndyCz - 28 days ago
I am annoyed that the video title and description changes language according to YouTube language settings.
OofJ - Month ago
I thought it was skatestoppers but ok
Robin Turner
Robin Turner - Month ago
Someone should give told you the preferred term is Visually Impaired...
Roland Zerbe
Roland Zerbe - Month ago
Dear Tom,
We are working on a 40 km avenue in which we are providing the tactile tiles for the blind and visually impaired persons. We are in a huge dilemma here not understanding how to combine warning tiles with blisters with the striped tiles for directional purposes. I.e we cannot figure out if the directional tiles can end or stop at a wall or at steps. Please can you respond to this inquiry or can you just orient me to the right party or institution who can assist? Ty
Reverend George
Reverend George - Month ago
This video should be compulsory viewing for all contractors and council employees who are involved with the installation and maintenance of pavements and footpaths. I have had experience of working with local council involvement and was not impressed by their lack of knowledge on many matters. In many places the pavements at bus stops have been raised to facilitate wheelchair access and egress to and from buses, most of these areas are approached at an incline much steeper than the maximum incline permitted under the DDA.
Nicholas Hughes
Nicholas Hughes - Month ago
0:16 Jaguar F-Type!
Casey Kuilman
Casey Kuilman - Month ago
The Netherlands uses a similar system. It is very useful, even for full-sighted people. Little children here are often taught how close they can get to the buses with the use of these patterns at bus stations.
courtney abood
courtney abood - Month ago
Omg can't believe they are making them grey. That is horrible. Hope there are moves to change that.
Clockwork Kirlia
Clockwork Kirlia - Month ago
Thank you thank you thank you thank you for doing this video! I'm not vision-impaired myself but anything and everything that helps people become more aware of disabled people in society helps every single one of us in the long run. Also, of course, it's a really good thing you're doing here in educating people about vision impairments and sharing your platform with those who are almost never heard.
Even then, just thanks, 'cause I love learning something new. I knew broadly about the tactile paving, but not about the code.
Niles Black
Niles Black - 2 months ago
1:24 looks like the guy from a heist movie casually strutting away from the bank with bags full of money
teitake - 2 months ago
Oh come on. You couldn't include the info about its origin? I thought your show was called Things You Might Not Know.
Things you might not know: these tactile pavement are also known as tenji blocks and originated in Japan.
stvp68 - 2 months ago
I know we have these in the US as well, but do we have the same variations that Tom describes?
Меня - 2 months ago
Australia has this too I think
I'm not quite sure I haven't been outside in a while
Hugo van Dam
Hugo van Dam - 2 months ago
I like how the document you linked wasn't sourced from a digital file and instead a scan of something that was printed, despite being sourced from the official website... This is the only file I could find that the UK government has online. The government doesn't even have the original digital file anymore possibly :).
deathByStupid - 2 months ago
Well this certainly isn’t only done in the uk.
Rychu33 - 2 months ago
This is sometimes in the US too, I've only ever seen them in yellow and I'm not sure about their patterns
Brendini23 - 2 months ago
XD u kept holding up the traffic
Lee Fall
Lee Fall - 2 months ago
Bet one of those "special paving blocks" cost the tax payer £100 per block. A lot of back scratching development going on in London atm
Vakendo - 2 months ago
I thought it was supposed to stop skaters
Asad Hussain
Asad Hussain - 3 months ago
Can use this for manga material mmm.
Tay Sem
Tay Sem - 3 months ago
I'm reading the comments and i can't believe those patterns are not everywhere. I thought every city has those.
I'm from Russia btw.
Gearloose - 3 months ago
In china, I saw no blind people outside. I wondered why. Then I took a look at these tactile paths which they put in their new, modern cities and notices the paths migh go straight to a river, through a crossing or anything. Following those would be extremely dangerous to even fully able people.
FancyShotacon - 3 months ago
Why is the title in German?
Warum ist der Titel auf Deutsch?
MIEW - 3 months ago
In Australia they just stick on a plastic sheet of tactile paving on the path. Same pattern no matter the situation. And because they’re made of plastic they get extremely slippery when wet.
ZEEGA - 3 months ago
imagine a blind guy wearing dr. martins
KeppyKep - 3 months ago
Wow, I had no idea. I always thought they were just to stop people slipping.
weckar - 3 months ago
Why does that street corner look so familiar...
Anthony Rice
Anthony Rice - 4 months ago
Trying to work out why over 1000 people disliked this video. You hate learning new things?
Herbert Erdferkel
Herbert Erdferkel - 2 months ago
Most likely Its not hate but a dislike for peoples ignorance ... by those knowing this stuff for ages and having public education covering these public installations in schools. That grown people act like this is a mystery and just "learned" this stuff from YT videos in the year 2017 is just shameful. After all, this tactile paving system got around the world since the 70s and is used following international standards in the vaste majority of modern cities. This video is allmost as stupid as explaining what the red and green color on a traffic light mean, and this guy certainly acts this way and talks down to the audience in as if they are morons. But hey, I wouldnt expect someone who assumes a dislike is an expression of hate to understand how dumb this clip is in its assumption that most dont know about this.
The ThrAsian
The ThrAsian - 4 months ago
Tries to make video about patterns on the pavement*
Forgets shitty builders work in the UK**
Chris Hansen
Chris Hansen - 4 months ago
I love Britain so much even though my country is supposed to have better qli statistics. Maybe I will find work even after brexit.
Corbit - 4 months ago
The person who put the tops on those access chambers must be terrible at jigsaw puzzles.
EvilBaron - 4 months ago
These Pattern-Pavement we also have similar in Germany.
André Jøraasen
André Jøraasen - 4 months ago
We have the same in Norway.
The thing here is that they made them in iron.
They are dangerous slippery at rainy days.
Temmie Village
Temmie Village - 4 months ago
1:25 Prius Alert
Joe O Sullivan
Joe O Sullivan - 4 months ago
Kind of ironic that there's all these cues and patterns for blind people, and the rest of us never even see them..
Herman Andgart
Herman Andgart - 5 months ago
Those patterns are in Sweden too
P S - 5 months ago
WAY TOO COMPLICATED!!!! ... need to adopt the system in most of the world including Australia and New Zealand for TGSI (tactile ground surface indicators) ... Warning tiles and Directional tiles Only !!!!!!!
NoName - 5 months ago
Is this guy in his 20s or 40s
Dilwar - 5 months ago
London is such a depressing place
Wavii - 5 months ago
he's just casually touching the dirty floor🤢🤮
Bengie - 5 months ago
These are Braille Block's.
Rid - 5 months ago
How do blind people know when the lights are green?
Rid - 5 months ago
@Linda Havenaar thank you
Linda Havenaar
Linda Havenaar - 5 months ago
Either with ticking traffic lights (quick ticking means green, slow means red), or with limited rest vision. Otherwise blind people are allowed to cross the street at any time. A blind or partially sighted person will have a white cane. With that cane the person can cross anywhere at any time. Thus also when the light is red or where there is no official crossing. Traffic is supposed to stop and let the person cross (by law in most places where the white cane is recognised)
Anji Z
Anji Z - 5 months ago
I always wondered what these damn raised circle patterns were all about! I avoid stepping on them like the plague because I always wring my ankles over on them and have almost fallen into passing traffic! They also get extra slippery when it’s icy. I hated these damn patterns but now that I know what they’re for, I will respect them.
jaaguitar - 5 months ago
Disagree with this being put forward as a justification for all the guidelines. The health and safety beuroucracy has made thing like crossings so expensive that councils can't afford them. Most of our schools etc have no crossings outside them because of this. So you end up actually more dangerous for everyone.
Gannon - 5 months ago
Great idea and all but they really could of chose a better one for the stairs instead of horizontal pertruding lines, really was a ball ache as a kid and teenager having to avoid these on skateboards
j k
j k - 3 months ago
Hmm, weighing the safety of the pedestrians vs. the convenience of the skateboarders - who are endangering the pedestrians by skating on the sidewalks, especially anywhere near stairs.
Ryan T
Ryan T - 5 months ago
YouTube's proof that theres a video for everything 😂
RezapBluelion1 - 5 months ago
🤯Wow, I’m quite shocked that at 43 I never knew this. I see mismatched patterns in the pavement all the time and have just found it amusing that someone has but them back wrong. After seeing this it’s quite shocking knowing the actual impact this could actually have on someone.
Everyone should know this.
dontcryanymore - 5 months ago
You guys.... Didn't know this....?
Kostana Banjac
Kostana Banjac - 5 months ago
Thank you for this. I never knew, and I thought I was well informed.
Jimi - 5 months ago
we also have these in germany
Esti Obel
Esti Obel - 5 months ago
We have something similar in Denmark, or at least in Aarhus. We got it at the same time as we got the “new fancy environmental tram” (or at least that’s when I started to notice them).
Damo Wazzo
Damo Wazzo - 5 months ago
Pointless Videos
Pointless Videos - 5 months ago
So this is why our paths look like a child built them.
bts army
bts army - 5 months ago
Thank you for this.
tristman 84
tristman 84 - 5 months ago
That cabbie was probably thinking wtf!?
Nathan Costa
Nathan Costa - 5 months ago
I’m blind and I didn’t even know this!!
gwishart - Month ago
Voice recognition, braille keyboard, tactile feedback keypad etc. Did you seriously think that blind people can't write?!
Lauren Taylor
Lauren Taylor - 5 months ago
If u was blind how did u write that?
H D - 5 months ago
Country built on loot
Craig Burns
Craig Burns - 5 months ago
Do you have any mates?
Sandro Eid
Sandro Eid - 5 months ago
I was in London last month and was very surprised with its accessibility features. The LOOK RIGHT and LOOK LEFT helped me a lot when crossing the road because we drive on the opposite way in my country.
qooqle - 4 months ago
I think they say look left/right because pedestrians arent always expected to know if the street they are crossing is one way etc.
Ellie lulabee Potter
Ellie lulabee Potter - 5 months ago
The tiles in 1:30 and 1:33 are really triggering me rn 😡
Song of the marshes
Song of the marshes - 5 months ago
Don't watch this
Manlypineapple1 - 6 months ago
So only Britain has special pavement for blind people
Linda Havenaar
Linda Havenaar - 5 months ago
No most defenitely not. There are also where I live (The Netherlands).
Castiel Winchester
Castiel Winchester - 6 months ago
Dun Hildas
Dun Hildas - 6 months ago
0:02 talking of patterns, I see a phone number for a sexual service ( well it bee ripped off, British streets have so many of them things on lampposts
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