Wayfinding is defined as “‘information systems that guide people through a physical environment and enhance their understanding and experience of the space”
Wayfinding plays a critical role on a Student Street. It makes the environment more attractive and welcoming by designating the space for children. The wayfinding project starts with signage installed along Student Streets to show kids how far they are from school.
Benefits of wayfinding signs:
- Increase the visibility of students by encouraging them to walk on the same route.
- Identify the common routes to new walkers/wheelers and how long it will take to get to school on them.
- ‘Legitimize’ students as active travelers.
- Enhance the community’s awareness of students in the neighbourhood.
While wayfinding starts with signage, we are exploring many different opportunities with school communities. Including using wayfinding to educate students about their connection to the land their traveling on, pavement markings, and waste collection along Student Streets.