Metro and local agency partners have been installing new wayfinding and directional signs along many of the Intertwine's premier regional trails. Regional trails typically cross jurisdictional boundaries and are managed by multiple agencies, which can potentially lead to a confusing mix of different sign systems. This project provides local trail agencies with a single, uniform sign standard.
Project objectives are twofold:
(1) to improve the public's experience along regional trails by providing consistent, informative signs, and
(2) to increase awareness of The Intertwine through the signs' distinctive style, color palette, and use of The Intertwine logo.
The improved trail visitor experience is expected to lead to more use and awareness of the regional trail system. The public response to the signs that we've already installed has been very positive.
We now have over 500 signs installed on over 20 miles of regional trails throughout the Metro area. Trails with Intertwine signs include: Fanno Creek Trail, Rock Creek Trail, Tualatin River Greenway Trail, Trolley Trail, Westside Trail, Ice Age Tonquin Trail, Scouters Mountain Trail and Cedar Creek Trail.
Jan 2021 - The next trail we’ll be putting signs on is the 20 mile-long Marine Drive Trail, where we’ll be working with the cities of Portland, Gresham, Fairview and Troutdale. No estimated completion date yet.
Updated Intertwine Signs Guidelines now available
Nov 2017 - I’m excited to report that we just finished updating the Intertwine Regional Trail Sign Guidelines manual. The new document is available for download on the Metro website, here. Or navigate to www.oregonmetro.gov/trails and scroll to the Related Documents section near the bottom of the page.
This new version is the first update since the original Intertwine Regional Trails Sign Guidelines manual was created back in 2012. The new version features all the same sign elements (layout, colors, fonts, symbols, logos, maps, etc.) as the original version, but with added guidance on how to plan, design, fabricate and install the signs. The new version incorporates several of the lessons many of us have learned over the past five years as we’ve installed hundreds of Intertwine wayfinding signs on nearly a dozen regional trails around the metro area. Our intent is for the new version to comprehensively address any and all questions a person might have when embarking on a new trail signage project.
Let me know if you have any upcoming trail sign projects so that I can provide you with templates in InDesign format. I may also have resources available to purchase a set of fonts for you to use.
City of Gladstone
City of Happy Valley
City of Hillsboro
City of Sherwood
City of Tigard
City of Tualatin
City of Wilsonville
North Clackamas Parks and Recreation District
Tualatin Hills Park and Recreation District