City helps trail users find their way with new signs
A cyclist rides past a Santa Clara River Trail sign at the Iron Horse Trailhead on Tuesday, July 11, 2017. Katharine Lotze/The Signal
By Gina Ender
Tuesday, July 11th, 2017

Santa Clarita trails are now simpler to navigate as the city installed new wayfinding signs for pedestrians, bicyclists and trail users.

Including both new and replacement signs, the city has installed 168 total signs in an effort to make routes and city destinations more accessible and easy to find.

“It is now easier than ever for people to enjoy our city without ever having to get behind the wheel of a car,” City Communications Manager Carrie Lujan said. “These new wayfinding signs allow cyclists to find nearby destinations or explore parks and city amenities they were not familiar with before.”

Signs note directional details and the distance from destinations including trails, roads, Metrolink stations and libraries. Mileage to a destination is updated as hikers and bikers move farther along to ensure they are going the right way and inform them how far they have left to go, Lujan said.

Prior to the new wayfinding signs, there were a larger variety of signs for each trail. The newly-installed signs are more cohesive in appearance and format, according to Lujan.

Additionally, the city has added seven new kiosks at trailheads to help users to better plan their routes.

The project came about by a recommendation from the 2008 non-motorized plan to encourage residents and visitors to walk and bike on trails more often, the city communications department said.

Funding came from a grant approved by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, who gave Santa Clarita the funds to facilitate workshops and develop, design and purchase the signs.

A cyclist rides past a Santa Clara River Trail sign at the Iron Horse Trailhead on Tuesday, July 11, 2017. Katharine Lotze/The Signal

About the author

Gina Ender

Gina Ender

Gina Ender is a journalist covering city government and breaking news in the Santa Clarita Valley. She joined The Signal as a staff writer in February 2017. You can contact Gina Ender at gender@signalscv.com, 661-287-5525 or follow her on Twitter at @ginaender.

A cyclist rides past a Santa Clara River Trail sign at the Iron Horse Trailhead on Tuesday, July 11, 2017. Katharine Lotze/The Signal

City helps trail users find their way with new signs

Santa Clarita trails are now simpler to navigate as the city installed new wayfinding signs for pedestrians, bicyclists and trail users.

Including both new and replacement signs, the city has installed 168 total signs in an effort to make routes and city destinations more accessible and easy to find.

“It is now easier than ever for people to enjoy our city without ever having to get behind the wheel of a car,” City Communications Manager Carrie Lujan said. “These new wayfinding signs allow cyclists to find nearby destinations or explore parks and city amenities they were not familiar with before.”

Signs note directional details and the distance from destinations including trails, roads, Metrolink stations and libraries. Mileage to a destination is updated as hikers and bikers move farther along to ensure they are going the right way and inform them how far they have left to go, Lujan said.

Prior to the new wayfinding signs, there were a larger variety of signs for each trail. The newly-installed signs are more cohesive in appearance and format, according to Lujan.

Additionally, the city has added seven new kiosks at trailheads to help users to better plan their routes.

The project came about by a recommendation from the 2008 non-motorized plan to encourage residents and visitors to walk and bike on trails more often, the city communications department said.

Funding came from a grant approved by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, who gave Santa Clarita the funds to facilitate workshops and develop, design and purchase the signs.

A cyclist rides past a Santa Clara River Trail sign at the Iron Horse Trailhead on Tuesday, July 11, 2017. Katharine Lotze/The Signal

About the author

Gina Ender

Gina Ender

Gina Ender is a journalist covering city government and breaking news in the Santa Clarita Valley. She joined The Signal as a staff writer in February 2017. You can contact Gina Ender at gender@signalscv.com, 661-287-5525 or follow her on Twitter at @ginaender.