The ability to navigate through a town or city is informed by landmarks, natural features, designated routes and other important destinations. Placing signs along bike routes indicating to bicyclists their direction of travel, location of destinations and the distance to those destinations will increase users’ comfort and accessibility to the bicycle network. Wayfinding signs also visually cue motorists that they are driving along a bicycle route and should expect to see bicyclists on the route.
A citywide Bicycle Wayfinding Signage Plan identifies:
Sign locations along existing bicycle routes.
Sign type – what information should be included on each sign, such as when two bike routes intersect and where to turn to follow those routes.
Destinations on each sign – key destinations in Everett and nearby cities.
The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) awarded Everett $373k in pedestrian and bicycle safety grant funds in 2021 to construct citywide bicycle wayfinding (signs and markings). Everett’s Bicycle Master Plan identifies a lack of wayfinding as a weakness in the City’s bicycle network system and that it is a needed tool to orient bicyclists.