Bicycle Wayfinding

Description

Bicycle and bus wayfindings sign in Portland, Oregon

A comprehensive wayfinding system for bicyclists will include signs and pavement markings that are placed at decision points along preferred bicycle routes. When a jurisdiction installs signs and markings for its bicycle network, it can enhance other encouragement efforts to promote bicycling in the community. There are three main types of signs:

  1. Confirmation signs inform bicyclists and motorists that they are on a bicycle route.
  2. Turn signs/markings indicate where a bikeway turns from one street to another.
  3. Decision signs mark the junction of two or more bikeways. Information may include destinations, arrows, distances, or travel times.

A system of signed routes should balance the need for good bicycling conditions with the need for direct access to destinations. The MUTCD provides guidance about sign placement.

Check out signage systems in these cities: Berkeley, CA; Chicago, IL; Long Beach, CA; Oakland, CA.

Purpose

Wayfinding signs direct bicyclists to the best routes connecting destinations or circumventing barriers, while indicating to motorists that bicyclists may be present.

Considerations

  1. Robust public input and careful field work are important for implementing a successful wayfinding system.
  2. Colors and logos can be used to “brand” or “market” a jurisdiction’s bicycle network.
  3. Conventional street name signs along bicycle routes may be redesigned to signify the role of the street in the bicycle network.

Cost

A trail wayfinding/information sign may range from $500-$2,000.