A successful walking and bicycling environment requires a comprehensive network of wayfinding elements to create an effortless navigation system and a fluid experience.
Alta has designed over 50 signage and wayfinding systems, specifically aimed at the needs of pedestrians and cyclists. Because active transportation is our core specialty, we understand the importance of creating wayfinding systems that address the needs of all users, whether traveling by foot, bicycle, car, or transit. Through our years of experience creating pedestrian and bicycle wayfinding and signage plans, we have found the best way to create a truly successful system is to work closely with local agencies, key stake-holders, and the public to develop comprehensive wayfinding signage systems that meet their unique needs.
We understand the key elements of creating bicycle and pedestrian wayfinding systems that are safe, navigable, and accessible to all users. Our extensive experience designing pedestrian and cycling wayfinding systems has given us a thorough and specialized knowledge of federal MUTCD, DOT, NACTO, and ADA guidelines and standards. Alta has created compelling wayfinding brands and successful wayfinding signage packages from concept to installation for communities across the country. We understand the nuances of creating signage that conveys the character of your community while complying with sign placement and design standards of the Federal Highway Administration Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices. Our team also understands the importance of coordinating with state and local officials to prepare sign placement packages that clearly communicate the design intent and can be reviewed and approved efficiently.
In the design and placement of signs, Alta draws upon research from recent studies in the fields of human factors, experiential design, engineering, and cognitive science. We further develop GIS databases to assess and analyze the need for and placement of wayfinding elements. This database can then be used in the future to inventory and maintain the wayfinding system.
Clear navigation encourages people to walk and bicycle while also enhancing the identity of a region, community, or open space. The ability to navigate may be augmented by landscape materials, patterns, and architectural and natural features, as well as maps and digital information. We create wayfinding systems that respect the natural and built environments, provide meaningful and attractive navigational tools, and minimize visual clutter.