Part of: Design Principles of Cycling [Draft Version]

How to Design Signs and Markings?


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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