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City to implement bicycling wayfinding signage, seeks public input on routes

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.– Bicycle wayfinding signage is currently being installed along a priority route in downtown Colorado Springs, and the City is seeking input from the public about additional wayfinding routes. Residents can take a short survey through July 31 to provide valuable input in the development of new bike routes to popular destinations based people’s transportation habits and needs.

Implementing a wayfinding system provides the following benefits:

  • Serves people who are new to bicycling, people who are new residents or somewhat unfamiliar riding in an area, and for tourists
  • Knits together the trail network and on-street facilities to better facilitate travel along a route
  • Directs people on bicycles to safer, more comfortable streets (though they are legally allowed to ride on any city street)
  • Supports users of PikeRide, the city’s new bike share system
  • Helps people get to desirable destinations for residents and tourists
  • Reminds people that they have transportation choices

“A strategy to encourage residents and visitors to ride bicycles is to use signage that provides information on how to access bicycle friendlier streets to reach their destination,” said Kate Brady, Senior Bicycle Planner for the City of Colorado Springs. “Bicyclists have been calling for wayfinding in recent years because they have found it difficult to navigate the most appropriate route to get to their destination using bicycle infrastructure.”

The City is first addressing preferred routes in a study area centered on Colorado Springs’ vibrant downtown and encompasses close-in destinations of interest to residents and tourists alike. Once the City completes implementation in the study area, other areas of the city may be considered as well.

This project includes a stakeholder group that was created to develop the aesthetics of the signs, a consistent language for destination identification routing, sign placement, and establish routes across the study area so this program can then be seamlessly expanded into other parts of the city.

A priority route was identified by bicycling stakeholders and has been implemented for downtown. Information gathered from the survey will help guide the selection and creation of additional wayfinding routes. For more information about bicycle wayfinding project visit www.ColoradoSprings.gov/wayfinding.

Toole Design Group was selected in winter 2018 to facilitate the design and implementation of wayfinding routes within the study area. Bicycling wayfinding planning is funded through dedicated Pike Peaks Rural Transportation Authority for on-street bikeway improvements.

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