The City of Davis is in the process of developing a bike and pedestrian plan to help people navigate the pathways and bikeways. Have you ever said to yourself on a pathway or bikeway: "Where am I?" or "Which way am I facing/ going?" The goal of this project is to improve navigation and experience of the pathways and bikeways for Davis residents and visitors.

Ways you can contribute to this project:

Share Your Thoughts
Give us your feedback for Workshop II by filling out our survey.

Project Schedule

September 28, 2016: Farmers' Market
Learning about how people navigate Davis

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The project team was at the Davis Farmers' market from 4:30- 7:00 p.m. finding out how Farmers' Market visitors navigate around Davis and other places.  We heard that most people use Google Maps and other electronic mapping tools to navigate.


October 19, 2016: Workshop I
What is wayfinding and who is our audience?

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Below are the meeting materials from the first workshop on October 19, 2016.

Workshop Presentation 

Exercise 1: Personas- How people navigate Davis

We interviewed people in Davis to better understand how they get around and their navigational needs.  The people we interviewed used different methods to find their way.  Exercise 1: Personas- how people navigate further explored the similarities and differences in how new residents, visitors, commuters to Davis, longtime residents, and families navigate Davis. 

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Exercise 2: Using personas rank which type of wayfinding is most helpful

We asked- Which common wayfinding strategy do you use most?

This is what you told us:

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  • Overwhelmingly maps (18) and signs (16) received the most votes.  
  • Asking people (2) and compassing (3) were the least popular.  
  • Using landmarks (11) and following bike and walking path markers (10) to get around were also common wayfinding strategies.


We asked- Participants to rank the common wayfinding strategies in order of importance.  

This is what you told us:

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  • Most people agreed that orientation signage, directional signage, and identification signage were the most important types of bike and pedestrian wayfinding signage.  
  • The etiquette signs ranked high and are important for new Davis residents and international students.  

After our first public meeting community members continued to provide us with feedback on our website:  Below is a summary of what we heard. 

  • The loop is great for navigating.  I would like to see other major corridors identified in some manner.  

  • Wayfinding signs should direct people to key points.

  • Major bike paths should have signs to say which direction is north, south, east, and west.

  • The highest priority should be naming the pathways and adding pathway name signs.

  • A sign on B Street that says this way to Yolo Library is a much lower priority.  

  • All bike path tunnels that cross underneath a street should have the name of the street above the tunnel entrance.

  • The easiest places to get lost are the bike paths.  

  • We need signs directing us from the street to the pathways.

  • Place signs saying 15 minutes to downtown.

  • I would like more obvious marking of the through routes.

  • There are three routes from Putah Creek trail to downtown and none of them are marked.  

January 18, 2017: Workshop II
Share wayfinding strategy and discuss sign messaging

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Below are the meeting materials from the second workshop on January 18, 2017.


 Workshop II Presentation

 Sign Audit- What exists in Davis

Wayfinding hubs- which ones better aid navigation?

Time versus distance- which one do you prefer?


Davis Pathfinder Bike & Pedestrian Wayfinding Map

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Project Background

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Project Team

Jennifer Donofrio, City of Davis Bike and Pedestrian Coordinator

Tim McNeil, UC Davis, Professor & Principal Consultant at Muniz/McNeil

Lauren Kelly Sheridan, UC Davis Grad Student & Digital Mapping Expert at Mustard Square

Give Feedback

Welcome to Davis Pathfinder.  And thank you for participating in the City of Davis bike and pedestrian navigational pilot project.  The City has new bike and pedestrian signs that:

  • Orient people to districts (downtown, south Davis, north Davis, west Davis, east Davis, UC Davis, and central Davis)
  • Provide time and distance to destinations
  • Share etiquette messages

Please take our survey.  We will use your feedback to develop the bike and pedestrian wayfinding signage for the rest of Davis. 

Contact Us

(530) 757-5686
(530) 758-4738 FAX


Office Address
1717 Fifth Street Davis, CA 95616

Office Hours
Monday – Friday
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.