CCID search for better signs

2016-12-13 06:01

Finding your way in the CBD is set to become easier as the Cape Town Central City Improvement District (CCID) looks to implement a project to install more road signs and other tools for helping visitors find direction.

The best CBDs across the globe are those that make it as easy as possible for all kinds of transport users to navigate the space, believes Tasso Evangelinos CCID CEO.

“This assists not only visitors to an area but locals as well, and encourages the public to explore a CBD environment. Great, conveniently placed wayfinding also acts as a great time saver, and provides people with the comfort of knowing they are heading in the right direction,” he says.

“For example, the first project which we undertook a few years ago, in partnership with the City of Cape Town, was our sequential street numbering project which ultimately ensured that street numbers appeared on all streetname poles in the CBD so that anyone looking for a particular address at a crossroad would immediately know in which direction to walk or drive.”

At the time, the CCID also introduced extra disabled parking bays and motorcycle bays around the CBD, says Evangelinos.

The CCID is currently planning a project that will drive research on wayfinding solutions in a financial model that will be self-sustainable, Evangelinos says.

“As soon as we are ready, we will be holding meetings with stakeholders such as the City of Cape Town as it is essential to get the buy-in of different parties as far as possible, and there are a number of departments that would need to be consulted,” he says.

“It is very important to understand the needs of the public in terms of what information they are looking for, and to make it as accessible as possible to as many people as possible. Simple, clear and visually appealing signs that work are required.”

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