Urban Planet: New York rolls out wayfinding signs

New York City’s transportation commission has installed maps across the city to promote businesses and pedestrian activity throughout the city. Starting in March, New York City will install 150 ‘wayfinding’ signs on sidewalks in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens as part of a citywide system that will roll out in phases. The sidewalk signage will show pedestrians where they are and which way they are facing — a study last year found that many New Yorkers couldn’t point to north when asked. Transit, local attractions, and businesses are placed on a large map of the local street grid with  circles indicating where you can reach with a five minute walk, and how long it will take to get to other attractions.

Image via NYC DOT

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