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Torbay Connected

Natural legibility and signage

It is the informal system of natural legibility which lies at the heart of Torbay Connected, helping to prioritize investment in placemaking activity.  Natural legibility is established through the relationship between recognisable places, routes, junctions, landmarks and activities and made more memorable through mechanisms such as events, engagement and the revealing of local stories and history.

Torbay Connected has been established as there is potential to improve the informal wayfinding around the bay by adding to the natural legibility of the townscape to encourage more sustainable and enjoyable patterns of movement, and to help promote key destination and attractions in the area.

It is recognized that a supporting system of signage and on street mapping can be an appropriate aid to wayfinding, but is less effective when the natural legibility of a place is poor.

A pedestrian signage system needs to reinforce wayfinding and not determine it. It must work alongside the development of a legible townscape and other initiatives such as public space enhancement, public lighting and public art, to reinforce primary routes that logically link the places that people want to access. The over reliance on pedestrian signs, without developing other navigational mechanisms can lead to the overuse of signs, resulting in on-street clutter, and a subsequent degrading of townscape.

As part of improvements to Cockington Court, Torbay Connected is supporting improved pedestrian links from the seafront using a balance of both formal and informal mechanisms.

Cockington Court: Artist commissions will contribute to legibility

Proposed footbridge by Freshwest as part of legible Cockington
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