These few pictures are from a tourist-oriented city. No, not Ottawa.
This is a cross walk, of course. You recognized it right a way. Red, for visibility. With a decorative wiggling line through the middle that invites walkers. Very unrigid.
And this is a similar shot, except now we can see both this intersection and the adjacent cross walk. The line leads the pedestrian on to the park and to harbour front area. Note the lack of signs on posts explaining to pedestrians that this is the way to walk.
And the line continues through the park, leading us to the harbour and ferry dock. Imagine, walkway, cross walk, integrated in design, look, and feel. The adjacent sculptures (buoys on sticks) adds to the atmosphere. Largish beds of taller grasses introduce a natural-yet-somebody-cares feel.
I didn’t notice any motorists flummoxed by the ‘different’ design. Everyone seemed to understand what was going on. Instead of looking around lost, or needing frequent wayfinding signs, the sidewalk provided an integrated self-guided pedestrian tour and wayfinding system.
What are the chances we could ever see this in Ottawa?
For a start, consider such an intuitive wayfinding system exiting from the downtown east OLRT station and leading to Parliament Hill or Confederation Square. Instead of signs on posts, the occasional icon on the path is all that is needed.
I wonder if Downtown Moves will be offering simple solutions like this?