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Sign optimization of Taipei riverside parks starting from Dajia Riverside Park

According to the Hydraulic Engineering Office (HEO) of the Taipei City Government (TPCG), signs in Taipei riverside parks will all be renewed. Through sign optimization, HEO hopes to make the overall landscape look better by reducing sign quantity. To make things better, HEO has selected Dajia Riverside Park as the demonstration site. Additionally, HEO will also start the improvement of bikeway mileage signs at riverside parks this year for citizens to see the bikeway mileage more clearly and thereby make emergency rescue easier.
 
HEO maintains, the project reduces and integrates signs based on the idea of simplification. As the most visited park, Dajia Riverside Park will be the demonstration site at phase I for this sign improvement project. Sitting between Zhongshan Bridge and Dazhi Bridge in Zhongshan District, the park has popular facilities including the Fountain of Hope, inclusive playground, and children’s water playground. Except for the traffic signs and playground facility signs, HEO will re-plan and integrate existing signs to make the park look better by reducing sign quantity.
 
According to the River Administration Section (RAS), besides improving the entire sign system in Taipei City riverside parks by phase, the improvement will also include the mileage signs along the riverside park bikeway, with the Keelung River (Left Bank) Bikeway being the first. The start (0km) will be relocated from the upstream (Nangang and Neihu) to the downstream (Shezi and Guandu), and one sign will be set at every 500m for citizens to clearly identify there whereabouts on the bikeway and also facilitate positioning for emergency rescue.
 
RAS added, as current riverside park signs were design for different purposes by different project or maintenance units, the diversity turns out to be complexity and disorganization. Besides being abrupt to the surroundings, they spoil the overall landscape and make maintenance and management more difficult. They thus began to establish the sign system planning and design principles for Taipei riverside parks last year and reviewed various aspects from the inventory of needs to the sign erection principles, colors, font type, materials, and construction methods. With such, RAS whishes to improve the integrity of the environment and guided signs of riverside parks. After transforming Dajia Riverside Park into a demonstration site this year, RAS will review the effectiveness of these new signs as reference for implementation at other riverside parks.