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New signing on West Park Cycle Route

I spotted some new signposts riding home from work yesterday. They are 'finger' type signs with timings rather than distances. They are being put in on the town centre to West Park route, which seems to now be called "West Park Cycle Route" ( the name is on a green background). There's one on the railings at the Greenbank/Bondgate junction (18 mins to West Park), one at the turning into Craig Street (13 mins to West Park (I'm not sure who timed these, but it takes me far less than five minutes to cycle along Greenbank Road)) and one at the Craig St/Hollyhurst Rd junction (12 mins to West Park, and also 1 min to the hospital). At each junction, there is a corresponding arrow pointing toward the town centre.

(Personally, I go down Reid Street as the junctions are much nicer at both ends...)

New signs are badly needed on the various routes around the town as existing signs are either missing or turned around to point the wrong way. These new signs look much sturdier than the old design, and the posts are square so they can't be turned around.

I believe that each of the radial routes will have a different colour (West Park being green). I like the idea of being able to tell someone to get to my house by following the green route until they reach North Park and then follow the orange (?) route.

Signposting the West Park route from town could also help ease any "antisocial" cycling in the Pedestrian Heart, as Police and Wardens will be able to tell kids playing on their bikes on the steps that they can follow the arrows to get to the 4X track.

I'd like to see the signposting extending to include points of interest, like supermarkets and local shopping centres.

Has anyone else seen any other new signposts?

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