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Makara Peak is a mountain bike and conservation park in Wellington. The park has multiple users including mountain bikers, walkers and vehicles. … Read More
Makara Peak is a mountain bike and conservation park in Wellington. The park has multiple users including mountain bikers, walkers and vehicles. This wayfinding project builds upon the existing internationally recognised grading system and aims to make Makara Peak easier for mountain bikers to navigate, increasing its accessibility for new riders. The wayfinding needed to stand out from it’s surroundings without visually polluting the conservation park, diminishing the thrill and adventure of mountain biking. However, the wayfinding needed to also be legible from a distance and when travelling at speed. Due to the parks minimal funding the proposed wayfinding reduces installation costs by utilising the existing bollard structures. We have created a modular system designed to be updatable and easy to replace over time as the park develops. Throughout the park helpful biking tips and warnings of upcoming obstacles are placed along the tracks. Park users can also find and discover new routes tailored to their individual wants and needs using the Route Finder application. These additional elements help encourage new users to the park by providing confidence and safety for users enhancing their overall experience. We have created a universal system we believe could be applied on a regional or national scale. We are currently working with Wellington City Council and the Makara Peak Supporters Group to implement this project. Read Less
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Makara Peak
Mountain Bike Park
Wayfinding system
 
Makara Peak is a mountain bike and conservation park in Wellington. The park has multiple users including mountain bikers, walkers and vehicles.
 
This wayfinding project builds upon the existing internationally recognised grading system and aims to make Makara Peak easier for mountain bikers to navigate, increasing its accessibility for new riders.
 
The wayfinding needed to stand out from it’s surroundings without visually polluting the conservation park, diminishing the thrill and adventure of mountain biking. However, the wayfinding needed to also be legible from a distance and when travelling at speed.
 
Due to the parks minimal funding the proposed wayfinding reduces installation costs by utilising the existing bollard structures. We have created a modular system designed to be updatable and easy to replace over time as the park develops.
 
Throughout the park helpful biking tips and warnings of upcoming obstacles are placed along the tracks. Park users can also find and discover new routes tailored to their individual wants and needs using the Route Finder application. These additional elements help encourage new users to the park by providing confidence and safety for users enhancing their overall experience.
 
We have created a universal system we believe could be applied on a regional or national scale. We are currently working with Wellington City Council and the Makara Peak Supporters Group to implement this project.