The first major project of the Bristol Legible City initiative is the signing
system for pedestrians in Bristol City Centre, funded by Bristol City Council
and Adshel. The most comprehensive system in Europe, it has been designed specifically
to encourage walking and to aid wayfinding in a complex city centre environment.
It consists of direction signs and monolith shaped map panels to aid people's
understanding of the city centre. In total there are nearly 40 monolith panels
and 60 direction signs, with over 700 fingers.
The monolith panels help the user
identify where they are and help them plan their journey through a combination
of text and map information. Each panel is double sided, with the same
type of information repeated on each face, but orientated towards the
direction in which you are looking. The panels are titled by the name
of the street and which neighbourhood the user is in.
The maps have innovative features forming a comprehensive mapping system.
Two types of map are provided – a diagrammatic map of the city centre
and a more detailed ‘heads-up’ map of the immediate area.
The diagrammatic map shows the principal city centre neighbourhoods and
the main attractions.
The focus and location of the
system has been designed around the development of a primary pedestrian
route network, termed the ‘Blue Route’, this links the main
city centre neighbourhood areas together. The monolith panels are located
at car parks, other points of arrival and at major junctions and spaces
throughout the city centre. Direction signs are interspersed with the
monolith panels, at minor junctions, to provide continuity.
The system was introduced in Spring 2001. Additional signs have been added
in Summer 2002 and the system is being extended into Clifton during 2003.
The system is managed by Bristol City Council and is maintained on an
ongoing basis by Adshel.