2.5. Develop and implement a consistent signage and wayfinding system.
Consistent signage will create a cohesive identity for the variety of trails spread throughout the County. It will also enable users to more confidently and safely navigate the trail system.
2.5.1. Consider naming all trail segments using descriptive names.
Currently, a number of trail segments in Arlington are unnamed, which makes it difficult for users to provide directions or report emergencies. Using descriptive and unique terms for trail segments will make it easier for users to navigate the trail system, especially if they relate to their location in the County or nearby landmarks.
2.5.2. Work with trail owners within Arlington and neighboring jurisdictions to develop common trail signage and wayfinding standards for major regional trails.
Using different signage systems on a single trail that crosses jurisdictional boundaries can be jarring to users and cause confusion. Common trail signage and wayfinding standards create a more seamless experience and better promote a connected regional trail network.
2.5.3. Develop a County design standard for trail signage and wayfinding that addresses hierarchy, connections, destinations, landmarks, identity, and areas of congestion.
2.5.4. Add location identifiers, potentially integrated into wayfinding signage, at regular intervals along trails for issues/emergencies as well as mile markers.
Integrated location information will help trail users identify where they are relative to their intended destination or mileage goal.
2.5.5. Improve wayfinding signage at trailheads, trail intersections and major destinations.