The community is invited to weigh in on the Downtown Austin Wayfinding Project
The community is invited to weigh in March 28 on a draft philosophy for the Downtown Austin Wayfinding Project that focuses on better ways to get around and experience Austin’s urban core along the way.
Austin’s wayfinding system will underscore downtown’s unique and eclectic identity, as well as improve movement for pedestrians, cyclists and motorists.
Over the past few months, the Downtown Wayfinding Project team has analyzed existing conditions in and around Downtown Austin and interviewed stakeholders in the community to gain an understanding of how commuters, residents, visitors, and tourists move through downtown. From that, the team has drafted a philosophy for navigating Downtown Austin that will serve as a foundation for developing a comprehensive wayfinding system.
A community update will be held on March 28 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. at the Mexic-Arte Museum, 419 Congress Ave. (southwest corner of Congress Avenue and Fifth Street). During this time, presentations will be given at 6:40 p.m. and 7:40 p.m. to introduce the philosophy, analysis and recommendations for a wayfinding system (both presentations cover the same information). A question-and-answer session will follow each presentation and the public is encouraged to provide feedback.
On-street parking is available free after 6 p.m. A limited number of spaces will be available in the 301 Congress Parking Garage for no charge. Bus routes Nos. 1L, 1M, 5, 7, 10, 20, 30, 101 and 990 stop in front of the museum.
The Downtown Wayfinding Project, an action item outlined in the Downtown Austin Plan adopted by City Council in December 2011, aims to integrate a range of navigation and communication tools for traversing the downtown area, such as signage, brochures, kiosks and smart-phone applications.
“Wayfinding” explores ways to navigate from one place to another, and focuses on highlighting the experience of the path.