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City wants your input on new wayfinding street signs

Final design choices will be unveiled in March

THUNDER BAY - The City of Thunder Bay is inviting citizens to help plan and design new wayfinding street signs and maps for walkers and cyclists.

It's looking for input not only on what the signs should look like, but also on the destinations the signs should point to.

In a news release issued Wednesday, the city said its Pedestrian and Cyclist Wayfinding Plan is currently in development.

It's being assisted by Alta Planning of Vancouver, a company that has expertise in the design, engineering, and implementation of bicycle, pedestrian, park, and trail facilities and systems.

The statement noted that good street signs and mapping help people find their way around a city, including visitors looking for a park or a downtown area, and that they "also make the city streets look great when they're done well."

Residents interested in participating in the project can take a survey online at under "Events & Activities" until Sept. 22.

The wayfinding design team will also be in Thunder Bay this week looking for feedback.

What's being called a Feedback Cafe is taking place on Thursday, Sept. 14 at Up Shot Coffeehouse on May Street from 5:00 pm to 6:30 p.m., with another one planned for Friday, Sept. 15 from 8:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. 

The team will also be at Intercity Shopping Centre on Friday from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. in the food court, and at the Strong Block festival on Simpson Street on Saturday afternoon.

A public exhibition of the final design choices is planned for March, 2018.