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#15-06 Updated RTS14 guidelines

Published: | Category: Technical advice note | Audiences: Road controlling authorities, Road traffic engineers & consultants, Roading contractors

Updated RTS14 Guidelines for facilities for blind and vision impaired pedestrians

Publication details

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  • Published: 21 July 2015
  • Reference: 15-06
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RTS 14 is the official guide that ensures that design and operation of roads and paths caters for blind and vision impaired pedestrians. It also takes into account the needs of people with impaired mobility.

It provides detailed requirements for a continuous accessible path, tactile ground surface indicators and audible tactile traffic signal features.

What has changed

Originally issued in 1997, this third edition has been updated to:

  • Remove material now found in the Pedestrian planning and design guide.
  • Provide clearer guidance wherever experience and feedback suggested it was needed.
  • Provide a new section on shared zones.
  • Provide new guidance for where cyclists share with pedestrians on paths and at kerb crossings.

Publication details

Author: NZ Transport Agency
Published: May 2015
Version: 3
Reference: ISBN 978-0-478-44512-1 (online)
Found at:

Further information

Contact Tim Hughes, National Safety Engineer at

Kevin Reid