Destination Walking Signs
Have you seen the Destination Walking Signs that have been put up around town for our Let’s Walk initiative? They let you know that a park, farmers market, the Lansing River Trail, and other local attractions in the Tri-County area are closer than you think, and just a short walk away!
For the second year in a row, we are helping to place Destination Walking Signs in the Tri-County area. Destination Walking Signs are designed to highlight the walkability of our community and to get people out there walking!
The Capital Area Health Alliance will pay for the signs and work with you to design them. YOUR job is to pick the location where the sign will be placed and pick the destination where you want to direct people to walk.
The sign will indicate the walking time from where the sign is placed to the designated location (i.e., it's a 10 minute walk to Shady Acres Park). The sign will also have a QR code that pedestrians can scan that gives them walking directions to the designated location. The sign is one foot by one foot and is made of heavy duty, weather resistant, corrugated plastic. You will receive two 34-inch industrial ties to attach the sign to an existing pole (or thin tree). It is your responsibility to get permission to place the sign, if needed.
Check out Destination Walking Signs in action!
Whether you live in Charlotte, Dimondale, East Lansing, Eaton Rapids, Haslett, Lansing, Okemos, St. Johns, or Stockbridge, you can find Destination Walking Signs pointing you to a nearby park, trail, or community hang out. Almost 140 signs have been placed throughout 10 communities in the Tri-County area. We are on our way to making a more walkable community - so get out and get walking!
See some of the 140 signs that have been placed around the Capital Area on our Facebook Page!
Downtown Grand Rapids has also introduced signs around the city to show residents how close many local attractions were - just a few minutes' walk away! The idea was originally for their annual ArtPrize event, but they decided to leave up the signs for the rest of the year with the possibility of more to come.
See how these signs got their start in Raleigh, North Carolina, and how they have spread across the country: "Getting Americans to Walk More Using DIY Guerrilla Wayfinding Signs" (By Anthony Garcia and Mike Lydon, Slate.com)
Contact us at (517) 347-3377 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to place a sign or have any further questions regarding the Let's Walk! initiative.