New York City’s Department of Transportation is planning to add signage to the streets to help pedestrians navigate the neighborhoods more easily. A request for proposals has been issued for an information system that makes the city more accessible for New Yorkers and visitors. This wayfinding system will provide clear signs that tell people their location, how long it takes to walk to key locations and gives a map of the area. It would first be implemented in four NYC districts: Long Island City, Queens; Prospect Heights/Crown Heights, Brooklyn; and Chinatown as well as parts of Midtown, in Manhattan. Commissioner Sadik-Khan said:
As our streets become safer, more inviting places, it’s even more important that a common language unite these spaces and open them up in new and exciting ways. An information system that points the way to key destinations knits together neighborhoods and makes local businesses even more accessible to all New Yorkers.
Recent surveys carried out in the area found that 9% of New Yorkers and 27% of visitors admitted being lost in the past week. 13% of New Yorkers weren’t familiar with the area they were surveyed in and 27% of visitors couldn’t name the borough. With 31% of all trips in NYC made by foot, the Department of Transportation believes the city is an ideal location for launching a comprehensive pedestrian sign system to encourage walking and relieve overcrowding on public transport.