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Arimoto, K., Kondo, A., & Watanabe, K. (2005). Evaluation of Tactile Tile Networks for Guiding the Visually Impaired Based on Efficiency and Safety. Infrastructure Planning Review, 22, 869-876. (In Japanese) https://doi.org/10.2208/journalip.22.869

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  • TITLE: Evaluation of Layouts for Braille Guidance Blocks under Different Situations in Sports Facilities

    AUTHORS: Chieko Kato, Toshiaki Nagashima, Shogo Komatsu, Shogo Matsumoto, Hideo Shibutani, Koichiro Aoki, Kensei Tsuchida

    KEYWORDS: Interview, Pedestrian Model, Braille Guidance Block, Walking Simulation

    JOURNAL NAME: Psychology, Vol.10 No.4, March 21, 2019

    ABSTRACT: This study made pedestrian models and layouts of Braille guidance blocks based on an interview with a goalball player and previous studies in order to determine appropriate arrangements in sports facilities. A simulation on walking efficiency was conducted under different conditions combining different situations of spectators’ moving with different layouts. There are two types of patterns of moving objects: Pattern-A, in which only visually impaired athletes are allowed to move on the floor, and Pattern-A+B, in which both visually impaired athletes and sighted spectators are allowed to move on the floor. In addition, there are two types of layouts of Braille guidance blocks: Layout-1 is a linear arrangement of them, and Layout-2 is a rounded linear arrangement of them. The results of the simulation showed that there were no significant differences of walking efficiency between Layout-1 and Layout-2 under the conditions of Pattern-A or Pattern-A+B. Furthermore, there were no significant differences of walking efficiency between Pattern-A and Pattern-A+B under Layout-1 or Layout-2. These results show the effectiveness of the linear arrangement of Braille guidance blocks in sports facilities for visually and non-visually impaired people.