Part of: Design Principles of Cycling [Draft Version]

How to Design Signs and Markings?

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Easily identifiable and consistent pavement markings, infrastructure and signs help people see and understand the network. The primary purpose is to indicate the presence of a bicycle facility or to make that facility clear to bicyclists, motorists, and pedestrians. 

Cycling signage includes several sub-categories: 

  • Way-finding and route signage 
  • Regulatory signage
  • Warning signage
Fig. 1: Example of warning signage for pedestrians and cyclists in Pune, India. Photo by ITDP.

Bike lane markings include any signage applied to the pavement and intended to designate a specific right-of-way, direction, potential conflict area, or route option. Markings may be used to augment a particular lane, intersection, or signal treatment. 

Markings can be used to: 

  • Show cyclists their options in traffic 
  • Make their trips easier
  • Indicate dead-end streets, one-way streets, and non-pedestrianized zones 
Fig. 2: Example of lane markings that designate direction for cyclists in São Paulo, Brazil. Photo by ITDP.



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