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  • T iny Trai ls Wayfinding Master Plan, 2016

     

    Urban P lanners and Landscape Archi tect s

    www.plandes ign.ca

    1.0 Tiny Trails Wayfinding Master Plan

    Executive Summary: The Township of Tiny prepared a Trails and Active Transportation Master Plan in 2011 and now, by preparing a Trails Wayfinding Master Plan, continues to invest in the creation of a high quality trails and bicycle system. This plan provides a comprehensive system of signage designed to orient trail users and provide clear directional information along a signed network of trails and cycling routes. The signage and trail information system will support and compliment the overall image of Tiny Township, the Tiny Rail Trail, and be in alignment with supportive signage programs being developed by and implemented by project partners such as Simcoe County and Regional Tourism Organization 7 (RTO7). Vision and Objective: Communities benefit greatly where attractive and well-used trails exist. Access to trails, which includes identification signage, directional signage, and interpretive signage, is an important part of a well used system of trails. Trails Wayfinding in Tiny Township will provide direction and assurance to residents and visitors - ensuring that trails can be explored and enjoyed to the fullest and that users can effectively find specific points of interests. Introduction: The Township of Tiny, along with PLANbyDESIGN Inc., and building on the Tiny Trails and Active Transportation Plan, has developed a wayfinding master plan for trails in Tiny Township. The plan was created through community consultation, comprehensive trails mapping, review of existing signage, and using the RTO7 Tourism Wayfinding Signage Standards. The Township and the consulting team engaged with stakeholders and the public to develop a vision for Trails Wayfinding in Tiny. Wayfinding signs help people find their way around. Wayfinding is used at different scales and directs both pedestrians and vehicles. The use of wayfinding signage helps ensure that people can easily see their starting point and find their destination. Wayfinding serves to assure both residents and visitors that they are going in the correct direction and this type of signage is a necessary part of a high quality trails system. A wayfinding system is based on a series of connected and consistent elements and involves the use of sign types and sign standards. The general considerations that informed the creation of the Tiny Trails Wayfinding Master Plan were:

    • Provide consistent identification, orientation and navigation in and around Tiny´s Trails;

    • Encourage visiting, exploring and appreciation of Tiny´s Trails; • Serve all trail user types regardless of ability; • Reduce clutter and redundant signage on trails to enhance the natural environment; • Be economically viable and sustainable; • Capitalize on funding opportunities that will assist with signage manufacture and installation costs; • Use graphics that are consistent with or complimentary to existing signage and sign standards.

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    www.plandes ign.ca 864 Hurontario Street, Unit 7, Collingwood, ON, L9Y 0G7 tel. (705) 325-0068 e.: [email protected]  

    Existing Sign Inventory: Existing signage along the Tiny Rail Trail was reviewed to determine the general quality and state of repair. In locating new signage on the Tiny Rail Trail this plan will also provide information for reducing sign clutter and removing outdated or redundant signs in order to enhance the natural environment and increase the overall enjoyment of trails use.

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    www.plandes ign.ca 864 Hurontario Street, Unit 7, Collingwood, ON, L9Y 0G7 tel. (705) 325-0068 e.: [email protected]  

    Wayfinding Signs: The sign inventory and a review of trails along with an understanding of the RTO7 sign standards resulted in a list and description of all required sign types; directional, destination, kiosk and gateway, (vehicular and pedestrian scales), map based signs, trail markers, informational kiosks or panels, and specialized signs such as interpretive. By locating decisions points, destinations and routes, crossing points and entrances Appendix ‘A’ provides a description of all required sign types. The location, orientation, position, and number of signs is shown.

    - see Appendix ‘A’ Required Wayfinding Signs -

    Sign Locations: Appendix ‘B’ identifies the locations for all proposed wayfinding signs including the location, orientation, position, and number of signs.

    - see Appendix ‘B’ Wayfinding Sign Locations -

    Available Funding for Trails Wayfinding Signage: Regional Tourism Organization 7 (RTO7) has developed Tourism Wayfinding Signage Standards. RTO7 offers 1:1 funding up to a maximum of $25,000 partner investment per project, for a total of $50,000. On a case by case basis if a project partner requires more funding for multiple projects (i.e. trail wayfinding sign and trail kiosk signs) there is a potential to receive funding for multiple projects in a single year. To be eligible for RTO7 funding the proposed signs must be consistent with RTO7 Tourism Wayfinding Signage Standards. Simcoe County’s, Trails Connecting Communities Program (TCCP), was established in 2009 to assist municipalities in the development of active transportation and recreational opportunities, with a focus on enhancing and/or expanding trail networks for non-motorized uses. The TCCP operates through a 50/50 matching structure whereby County funds are matched to local municipal investment, to an upset limit of $30,000 of county funding provided to the municipality at the completion of the project. To be eligible for TCCP funding the project must meet the following criteria:

    • enhance an existing trail or establish a key trail linkage to improve network connectivity; • be constructed to specifications that improve trail accessibility to people with disabilities; • work towards linking local municipalities and/or settlement areas; • design is satisfactory to County staff (Simcoe County utilizes and endorses the use of RTO7 Tourism Wayfinding

    Signage Standards); • proposed cycling route signage is to be consistent with County standards and to only be placed along Cycle

    Simcoe approved routes.

    RTO7 Tourism Wayfinding Signage Standards The Regional Tourism Organization 7 (RTO7), is dedicated to the promotion and advancement of tourism-based opportunities within Bruce, Grey, and Simcoe counties. RTO7 developed Wayfinding standards to address primary and specific tourist-based requirements and to promote the use of a uniform system of signs across the broader geographic area. The use of a consistent system of wayfinding signs across community, county or regional boundaries will help to promote tourism across the broader region. Generally the use of these signs helps to ensure that a visit to Region 7 is memorable, and satisfying.

    - see Appendix ‘C’ RTO7 Tourism Wayfinding Signage Standards - As noted above, where communities located within the RTO7 boundaries propose to implement signage that meets the RTO7 standards 1:1 funding is available to support manufacture and installation.

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    www.plandes ign.ca 864 Hurontario Street, Unit 7, Collingwood, ON, L9Y 0G7 tel. (705) 325-0068 e.: [email protected]  

    Public Consultation Tiny Township Trails Wayfinding A round of meetings and interviews was conducted with key stakeholders, including tourism related organizations, neighbouring municipalities, the County of Simcoe, and RT07. The consulting team attended the Tiny Township 2016 Community BBQ to engage with the community and discuss the trails wayfinding project. And a public open house was also held to engage with the community and stakeholders and collect further opinion and input.

    RE: How do you think signage and wayfinding should be improved?

    • Trail Crossing Signs at Road • More parking and Access to Trails • Trail Mapping on Website • Install rest Areas • Install Share the Road Signs • Promote Biking on Trail with Signage • Bigger Stop Signs for Snowmobiles at Crossing Points • Direct People to Beaches from the Trail • Overview Map at Trailheads • Be Careful of Too Much Signage • Clean Up Old Signs • Bike/Walk Safety a Concern Tiny Beaches Road due to Road Width • Distance to Points of Interest should be included on Signs • We Like Sign Program in Peterborough and in Honey Harbour • identify What Concession you are at along trail • Identify how far to Penetang, Midland, Perkinsfiled and other communities • Need better maps • Mark the trans Canada trail • Where is hunting permitted • What is private and what is public • Identify Poison Ivy • Include Accessibility Information • Use FUN FACTS! on signs

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    www.plandes ign.ca 864 Hurontario Street, Unit 7, Collingwood, ON, L9Y 0G7 tel. (705) 325-0068 e.: [email protected]  

    Trails Wayfinding Sign Design Our important project partners - Simcoe County and RTO7 both endorse the use of the RTO7 Tourism Wayfinding Signage Standards. RTO7 standards allow a certain amount of flexibility to customize signs (i.e. to include Township logos and

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