Is not often we think about or consciously notice lines used to direct foot traffic in public spaces. Here are three examples from my recent travels.

This triangle was painted at a T intersection of the exit ramps in London Pimlico tube station. I think it is intended to direct people to keep to the sides. Add well as to indicate the branching of the accessway.

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In busy Karlsplatz U-bahn station in Vienna, colourful overhead lights matching the colour of the train lines direct passengers to the right platforms.

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Colourful lines painted on the floor of Victoria station London does the same thing. These lines say “follow me to your destination.”

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We are all familiar with the “wait-here” line at airport check-in and passport control counters. They echo the “stop-here” lines on our roads, and the “stay behind the yellow line” line in train stations. The position of the lines across our path of motion signals the pause/wait-here message.

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These solitary yellow lines at Dubai airport are for electric vehicles and not foot traffic. They still say “follow me.”

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An interesting contrast is the decorative cross-traffic lines [http://eicolab.com.au/2009/03/sidewalk-strips-lost-opportunity/] set into the pavement along sections of Singapore’s Orchard Road shopping precinct.

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These are similar to this very obvious cross traffic “stop here” line in front of this plane on a Dubai airport runway.

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These lines on Orchard Road read as “stop” or “pause” lines. I think they subtly and unconsciously interfere with foot traffic flow, which is unfortunate for such a heavily crowded area.

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