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Darwin improves bike network signage for fitness, recreation and tourism

Darwin improves bike network signage for fitness, recreation and tourism
February 24, 2021

City of Darwin is improving its bike network signage for locals and visitors with distinctive new wayfinding signage in response to growing community and visitor interest in using bicycles for sustainable transport, fitness, recreation and tourism.

The 19 wayfinding signs, being installed from Darwin city to McMillans Road, will help familiarise new users with the local Darwin bike network and identify the direction and distance to key destinations including East Point, Nightcliff foreshore, Parap Markets and Jingili Water Gardens.

The signposts are wrapped in distinctive art created by Larrakia artist Joe Raymond who was commissioned by Council.

The two pole artworks - Balnba (rainy season) and Dinidjanggama (heavy dew time) will be shown on alternating poles and depict local Darwin flora and fauna such as magpie geese, wattle trees, turtles and crocodiles.

Lord Mayor Kon Vatskalis said improving the city’s path networks was a Council priority especially with the proven popularity of the Neuron ebikes and escooters.

Lord Mayor Vatskalis notes “cycle network signage is part of a world-wide trend towards encouraging greater community use of more sustainable modes of transport.

“The installation of this signage helps the growing number of locals and visitors to use their bicycles more extensively and more often across Darwin.

“Cycle network signage can help the community to become aware of the many route possibilities other than the prominently-signed main road network and is just another way we are moving Darwin forward.”

“The Larrakia artwork on the wayfinder poles recognises the stories of the Larrakia people in Darwin and showcase how we all can help create a vibrant, creative and inclusive community.”

Image: City of Darwin Lord Mayor Kon Vatskalis wayfinding sign courtesy City of Darwin 

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