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American Trails presented "Trail Wayfinding Systems: A Practical Guide to Principles, Best Practices and Deployment" on March 19, 2015 as part of the American Trails "Advancing Trails Webinar Series"
American Trails presented this Webinar March 19, 2015.
Moderator and Overview:
Bob Searns, The Greenway Team, Inc., and Chair Emeritus American Trails Board
• Jenny Rigby, The Acorn Group, Inc. and American Trails Board member
• Karen Vitkay, Alta Planning and Design, Inc.
• Mark VanderKlipp & Jeff Frank, Corbin Design, Inc.
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San Bruno Mountain trail system, California
Nothing worse than your trail users getting “lost in the woods” or “lost in the city” or taking a route beyond their desires or abilities! Nothing better than clearly defined routes where users know the way and feel welcomed.
This webinar will provide trail and greenway planners, designers, and managers with a practical understanding of trail/ped/bike wayfinding and informational systems with an emphasis on in-the-field structures and media.
Elements addressed include: directional and locational; use and access; safety and regulatory and related systems including branding elements Communicate the role of these systems, the hierarchy of elements, and methods for effective implementation and upkeep including in-house and contracted services and materials.
Cherry Creek Trail, Parker, Colorado
• Define and understand the role of wayfinding systems and devices in enhancing trail and greenway projects.
• Understand best practices of effective, sustainable and attractive wayfinding systems.
• Identify and understand the key types of wayfinding systems and devices and related improvements and how they function to promote a richer, safer, more comfortable and better-maintained trail experience.
• Understand the types and roles of display media to communicate information such as in-the-field signage and artifacts, printed materials and on-line elements.
• Understand practical methods to build systems affordably including in-house and contracted professional services and products.
• Understand users needs and preferences and ways to glean that information to build better systems.
• Acquire creative solutions through case examples
Jennifer Rigby is a board member of American Trails and director of The Acorn Group, an award-winning interpretive planning and design firm. For over 25 years she has created interpretive master plans and media for trail systems in a variety of settings: windswept dunes, ancient redwood groves, arid deserts, cypress swamps, and hardwood forests. Regardless of where a project takes her, her focus is on creating meaningful experiences for visitors with a variety of media including wayfinding systems and interpretive panels. See her previous American Trails webinar on interpretation titled “Telling a Better Story: Best practices for developing interpretive panels for trails.”
Jenny’s background includes interpretive master planning; teaching in formal and non-formal institutions, including zoos and aquaria; interpretive writing; exhibit and graphic design; and visitor studies. She holds a bachelor’s degree in social ecology, master’s degree in education, and two California teaching credentials. Certified by the National Association for Interpretation as an interpretive planner, Jenny has been working in the field of interpretation since 1982.
Karen Vitkay is a Registered Landscape Architect with Alta Planning + Design in their Portland, Oregon office. She has focused on bicycle, pedestrian, and trail planning and design for the last ten years and currently leads Alta’s national wayfinding practice. Karen balances design creativity with an understanding of federal guidelines and standards, to achieve designs that are implementable as well as community supported. Her experience spans a wide range of project scales and scopes, from master planning a national bicycle plan for the country of Qatar to developing construction details for a 500-foot-long section of multi-use pathway along a creek in her backyard.
Karen says, “I trust we have the ability to live more gently on the land, and I aspire to design the paths to do so. As a landscape designer, I seek to positively affect both our natural and built environments. I strive to create works which: benefit a wide range of people, are context sensitive, and positively affect public health, social interactions and our quality of life.”
Mark VanderKlipp is Principal-In-Charge of wayfinding projects with Corbin Design. Mark brings his experience as facilitator and advisor to the project team, clarifying objectives and developing strategy for both the verbal and visual aspects of each wayfinding solution. He has led strategy for the Mecklenburg County Greenways, Charlotte, NC, Forest Park, St. Louis, MO; Milwaukee RiverWalk in Wisconsin and the City Centre Calgary pedestrian system in Calgary, AB. Along with Jeff Frank, he’s recently begun work on the Great Rivers Greenway project in St. Louis.
Mark has written and spoken for many civic and trails groups, including American Trails, the International Downtown Association, Michigan Downtown Association, the Center for Applied Environmental Research, Oakland County (MI) Water Trails Association, the Urban Transportation Monitor, Tourism Northern Ontario and the Society for Experiential Graphic Design. A runner for 35 years, Mark participates in several annual trail races and explores trail systems on foot wherever Corbin Design’s work takes him. In 2013 he completed his term on the SEGD Board where he served as Treasurer. Mark is a 1987 graduate of the University of Michigan.
Jeff Frank joined Corbin Design in 2005, and has been involved in planning and design for a number of trails projects throughout the United States. As a Senior Designer, he is responsible for all aspects of trail system design, from gathering input from client groups and the general public through detailed design, specification, bidding and installation. His designs are well known for being beautiful, functional, mindful of the context of the environment, durable and cost-effective.
Prior to joining Corbin Design, Jeff was Signage Designer for the Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago, IL, where he developed a variety of wayfinding and interpretive programs. He and his wife are avid hikers and travel extensively to experience the outdoors. Jeff has completed trail wayfinding standards for multiple urban/rural trail systems: Mammoth Lakes Trails in Mammoth Lakes, CA; Mecklenburg County Greenways, Charlotte NC; Forest Park in St. Louis, MO; Traverse Area Recreational Trails (TART) in Traverse City, MI and the Little Traverse Wheelway in Petoskey, MI. His current work includes wayfinding standards for the Michigan Department of Natural Resources/Northern Region and the Great Rivers Greenway in St. Louis.
Bob Searns is the Chair Emeritus of the the American Trails Board. He is the President of The Greenway Team, a planning and development firm based in Denver, CO that has specialized for three decades in greenways, trails, and conservation. Bob consults on wayfinding and has designed numerous successful wayfinding systems on trails and greenways. He was Project Director of Denver's Platte River Greenway, one of the nation's benchmark urban trail projects, and produced 10,000 Trees, an eight-mile river corridor restoration project involving 3,000 volunteers. He has authored a greenways and trails plan for the 43-square-mile area west of Denver International Airport, as well as trail and greenway projects across the nation including Chicago, Dallas, Memphis, Louisville, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Memphis, and Portland. He was a development consultant for the Grand Canyon Greenway, a precedent-setting 72-mile system of multi-use trails along the canyon rim. Bob has conducted workshops throughout North America, China and Europe. He co-authored Greenways: A Guide to Planning, Design, and Development (published in the U.S. and China), Trails for the 21st Century, and contributed to Greenways, The Beginning of an International Movement. Contact Bob at firstname.lastname@example.org.