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»» Signs can be used to create a cohesive “brand” for a public space program. By tying parklets, plazas and other new types of public spaces together with a cohesive visual identity, cities can increase public understanding of new ideas in public space planning. »» Signs are easy to come by! Signs for your project signs may be home made, printed professionally, provided by a local government sign shop, or even purchased online. Photos left to right: Playful project sign in Lewiston, ME (Street Plans); One year after installation, Walk [Your City] signs still directing pedestrians along Auburn Avenue in Atlanta, GA (Street Plans); A project wayfinding sign in Bentonville, AR (Street Plans); A protected bikeway demonstration project sign in Fargo, ND (Dakota Medical Foundation).



Legal requirements (MUTCD compliance, traffic control, use of public spaces, etc.) Installation Availability / Ease of Procurement Dimensions

Planning + Design

»» Signs will help people understand how to use a new public space type they may have never seen before. In some neighborhoods or communities, new bike lane markings may be unfamiliar - let alone new types of infrastructure only in use recently, such as parking-protected bike lanes or parklets! Signs can be used to help people understand project goals and explain the purpose of new and potentially unfamiliar designs.

Safety for all

Method of posting / attachment Aesthetics Sponsor / Donor recognition Branding for Community Program or Initiative Public engagement/education Cost


»» Signs may be required to meet safety or design requirements for your project. This could range from required signs notifying people of a temporary change to parking configurations (typically posted 48 - 72 hours in advance), traffic control signs during a project install, wayfinding signs describing the proximity of nearby destinations, or signs governing the use of public space (for example, no smoking signs).


Durability Construction Impacts / Ease of installation Replacement (relevant for longer pilot and interim design projects)

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