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Downtown bike route wayfinding signs

Wayfinding signs for bikes downtown would be great for those who might be on pedal but not familiar with convenient routes to neighborhoods.

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While some people know which streets have good bike lanes (Seward, Cherry, etc) or bike-friendly shortcuts (Sixth Street Park), those unfamiliar with the city might appreciate some simple neighborhood wayfinding signage to avoid intimidating intersections. For instance, taking the blue bridge / Gillett bridge to access downtown from the west side is a much better experience than Fulton. Of course, there is already "bike route" signage, but rarely does this tell you where the route is heading. This would reduce congestion and frustration for drivers as well.

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Hi Ryan: The draft Bicycle Action Plan for Grand Rapids also mentions the importance of wayfinding signs: https://www.grandrapidsmi.gov/Directory/Programs-and-Initiatives/Bicycle-Action-Plan. And the Kent County Health Department has been installing some in SE and SW Grand Rapids: http://www.kentcountyhealthconnect.org/en-us/About-Us/Active-Living. I wonder if you would expand this post into a proposal for the "Propose" phase of the project. (The Challenge is seeking proposals through September 30 and is providing $100,000 to a winning proposal.) I'm the online facilitator for the Grand Rapids Challenge. So, let me know if I can help you refine the idea. You can submit a proposal here: https://challenges.cityoftomorrow.com/challenge/grand-rapids/propose/contribute.

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