If you work for your area's parks and recreation department, planning and building bicycle paths may be something that you do as a way of increasing the liveability and functionality of your community. As a new bike path is being built, it's important to work with a local sign manufacturer to produce a variety of signs that you can mount along the path. The number of signs depends on the length of the path, but it's worthwhile to display these signs at regular intervals so that people who are using it are always informed about the rules that you want to get across. Here are some signs that can be particularly effective along a bike path.

No-Passing Zone Signs

Just as there are areas on streets around your city that passing is unsafe, the same is often true on bike paths. It's a good idea to erect some No Passing signs in critical areas as a way of reducing the risk of accidents. For example, you might want to post such signs around sharp corners that make it difficult for a cyclist to see if someone is approaching from the other direction. The presence of these signs can go a long way toward preventing collisions, which can keep local riders safe and potentially protect you from lawsuits.

Navigational Signs

It's important to also provide signs that can help your cyclists navigate the area. This is especially important if your area is popular among people who may not live locally, but who descend on the area to enjoy biking its trails. Navigational signs can take many forms. For example, a sign can provide mileage information to the nearest restaurants, shopping areas, or hotels. Another sign can inform people of the distance to the closest towns to help them understand where exactly they are.

Lane Usage Signs

There may be places along the length of your bicycle path that are popular among pedestrians. Many communities have paths that cyclists and pedestrians share, so marking these spaces with signs can be useful. For example, you might divide each side of the path into two lanes — one lane for people on bicycles, and the other lane for those on foot. You'll want a sign in these locations that depicts this recommendation. This can help to keep pedestrians out of the way of fast-moving cyclists, while also helping to lessen the risk of collisions that could result from people competing for the same space.

To learn more, contact your local outdoor signage company.