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Raleigh to test downtown walking signs

Posted March 6, 2012

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— Signs posted downtown to promote walking in Raleigh will be used in a trial public education program, city officials said Tuesday.

The City Council voted unanimously to accept as a gift the Walk Raleigh signs that graduate student Matt Tomasulo posted at three intersections, and they city will study response to the signs over the next three months, officials said.

Tomasulo said he got the idea for Walk Raleigh after a friend mentioned that it took only a few minutes to walk between Glenwood South and Seaboard Station. He and some friends installed 27 signs in January that tell how long it takes to get to nearby points of interest.

People can also scan the signs with their smart-phones to get a customized walking route on Google Maps.

Raleigh will evaluate the program this summer before deciding whether to expand it or end it.

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  • Mon Account Mar 7, 2012

    "I do not think the signs will be too successful. People would prefer drive their enormous elephant vehicles two blocks rather then walk." -piene2

    I have been downtown walking around and told friends to leave the cars in the parking deck and bet we could get from A-to-B in X amount of time. They were surprised how quickly you can get around downtown without lugging your car beneath you. Awareness is the first step.

  • not my real name Mar 7, 2012

    they should show the distance as well. people walk at different speeds.

  • AmericanSwede Mar 7, 2012

    This is a FABULOUS idea! This guy is so creative and I'll just bet the City will want to keep this going. As a resident of Raleigh, I think it would be a good way to keep folks out and free up the streets a tiny bit!

  • Pseudonym Mar 6, 2012

    Quote from piene2: "People would prefer drive their enormous elephant vehicles two blocks rather then walk."

    Sounds like they're walking. They're just driving their "enormous elephant vehicles" before walking.

  • love2dostuff Mar 6, 2012

    If you've ever treked around Europe, these are a familiar sign. I like them. I don't live in Raleigh but far, far, far out in the country. But I enjoy a nice stroll once in a while through downtown when I'm there for business.

  • piene2 Mar 6, 2012

    I do not think the signs will be too successful. People would prefer drive their enormous elephant vehicles two blocks rather then walk.

  • Chairman of the Bored Mar 6, 2012

    All for it, especially since it is going to be a gift. Anything to get people out walking is a good thing.

    There are many of these posted around NCSU. The certainly do create conversation, and they give people a goal when they say ... wow, it's not that far. The scan codes are cool cause they cause the map to pop up on your phone.

  • dwntwnboy Mar 6, 2012

    I love these little signs. They encourage people to put down their keys and put on their shoes. They aren't costing the city a dime, and are a "good thing" -to quote the ex-con Martha Stewart. LOL