Trail Wayfinding Within and Beyond the Standards
Wayfinding systems are essential tools of complete and effective regional trails and trail networks.
Presenters: Karen Vitkay, Associate Landscape Architect, Alta Planning + Design; Alex Oreschak, Transportation Planner II, Maricopa Association of Governments, Arizona
Wayfinding systems are essential tools of complete and effective regional trails and trail networks. Wayfinding information clarifies routes and helps users comfortably reach their destinations. Guide signage for shared use paths requires that federal standards within the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD) are adhered to. Numerous municipalities are however pushing the boundaries of the technical requirements in order to achieve effective wayfinding systems that include local community character.
Encouraging different types of users to share the trail is just as important on urban trails as it is on backcountry trails.
Mileage can be marked off on signs, posts, stones, or stencils on the pavement.
Over the last few months we have distributed hundreds of NRT signs to trails all over America.
Survey of skills and competencies to assist in developing a national training strategy for National Scenic and Historic Trails