Bicycle Route Wayfinding Guide


blue route sign


The Objective

Bicycle Nova Scotia is excited to be taking another important step in development of bicycling routes, with the creation of a Bicycle Route Wayfinding Guide. Throughout the province there is an extensive network of roads and trails that include many junctions, connections and destinations. An attractive and consistent wayfinding system will ensure a seamless rider experience.

The Blue Route is a particular focus, as well as well-loved local trails that intersect with it, but the Wayfinding Guide is intended to be a useful tool for on-road bikeway and trail route managers, anywhere in Nova Scotia.

The Stakeholders

A significant component of the project will be gathering input. The Wayfinding Guide is being developed in consultation with advisors and stakeholders from a variety of sectors, including tourism, roadway engineering, active transportation, and trail development.

The project team will be carrying out interviews with representatives from key organizations throughout the province. More information and options to stay involved are available via the project webpage.

The Benefits

A clear and cohesive wayfinding system can do a great deal to advance bicycling in Nova Scotia, with the ultimate goal of improving the quality of bicycling experiences, and getting more visitors and residents riding. The benefits of good wayfinding are wide ranging:

  • efficient use of time and money
  • promote use of off-road trails
  • promote tourism destinations
  • ensure fun and excitement for unfamiliar bicyclists

The end results

The guide will be a system for wayfinding in support of the Blue Route. It will be created as an easy-to-use manual that includes:

  • adaptable guidance for planning and installing a wayfinding system
  • strategies for co-branded route signage
  • signage plan recommendations for Blue Route segments
  • templates, details and instruction for fabrication, installation and maintenance

The project timeframe is June to October 2018.


Frequently Asked Questions

Will the signage standards be mandatory?
Who is leading the creation of the guide?
What does “sign family” even mean?

For answers to these questions and more, please visit the FAQ Page.

Please get in touch for more information about the Wayfinding Guide, or to provide your thoughts.

Ben Buckwold
[email protected]