Countywide Wayfinding Study
On March 9, 2021, the project team for the Countywide Wayfinding Project hosted its second stakeholder workshop. The project team presented and talked through a process flow chart that highlighted critical steps that a community entity would take toward the implementation of a wayfinding project. They also presented a scenario to test the flow chart and solicit feedback from participants. The flow chart and scenarios will be elements of the guidance that the team is developing for community wayfinding.
The first stakeholder workshop was in November 2020 and engaged participants with a series of interactive virtual exercises to understand the challenges when planning and implementing wayfinding, discuss the main difficulties and how they can be improved, and identify ways to streamline the process. Participants included representatives from agencies that regulate wayfinding (i.e. Department of Public Works & Transportation, State Highway Administration), community associations, municipalities, interests groups, and County staff.
The consultant team’s next task is to review workshop feedback, continue stakeholder interviews, and develop the draft guidance document. Agency review of the document should begin April 2021.
Staff is working with consultants to improve wayfinding in Prince George's County. Wayfinding is the infrastructure used to help people navigate from place to place. This infrastructure includes signs, landmarks, directional markers, and sensory input.
Different agencies and offices govern signs and landmarks in the County. As a result, in many areas, wayfinding is inadequate or confusing for community members. The County prioritizes pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure. Furthermore, the County wants to improve the navigability of neighborhoods. Effective wayfinding is essential for both goals.
The project aims to:
- identify problems with wayfinding in the County;
- identify challenges to providing wayfinding in the County;
- make recommendations for new wayfinding in the County;
- provide communities resources for improving their wayfinding; and
- establish a framework for wayfinding installation and maintenance.
This project includes:
- recommendations to make the process of installing wayfinding more efficient;
- examining who has responsibility over which wayfinding to identify places for improvement; and
- making a toolkit for communities to use when planning wayfinding.
First Stakeholder Workshop Prep
Research and Engagement (Stakeholder Workshop #1)
Develop Draft Case Study and analysis of roles of different jurisdictions
Review of Case Study/Strategy
Stakeholder Workshop #2
Refine Case Study