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City wayfinding cartographic design principles

The purpose of this guide is to describe the decisions behind a good pedestrian wayfinding map, drawing on examples from best practice systems from around the world.

City Wayfinding maps are created to encourage walking, cycling and public transport by helping visitors and locals to understand their surroundings. They should simplify connections between public transport nodes and offer information to make a choice about the best routes to take.

Above all, cartography requires a set of rules or specifications, which should be applied consistently across the whole basemap for usability.

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