Heads Up in Dublin City Centre

Pedestrians finding a new way to get around capital’s streets

Dublin’s Lord Mayor Andrew Montague will launch the next phase of the
city’s Wayfinding System at the junction of Grafton St and St.
Stephen’s Green at 10.30am on Monday 26th September. Its main feature
is 20 double-sided map panels which will provide pedestrians with a
new navigational tool to get around the capital’s streets.

The panels are the first in Ireland to use heads up mapping. Heads up
mapping means the map you are looking at more closely resembles the
streetscape around you than the traditional north/south map. As well
as Grafton St, the panels can be found at strategic locations
including Merrion Square, Heuston & Connolly Stations, Temple Bar and
three locations on O’Connell St.

Dublin’s Lord Mayor Andrew Montague says “As well as being the first
‘heads up’ maps to appear on Ireland’s streets, these map panels are
important as they are centred on public and civic amenities. They tell
you where to find the nearest Luas or dublinbikes stop, how to get to
a gallery, museum, train station or park. All 20 are individually
designed and as they are back-lit they will be permanently visible. I
have no doubt that they will be a very significant resource for locals
and visitors.”

The Wayfinding System is the final element of the civic amenity
contract that Dublin City Council negotiated with JCDecaux Ireland.
Under the Dublin City Way Finding Scheme, 60 directional fingerpost
signs were installed in the city in 2010. This phase provides a
further 24 fingerposts which will complement and enhance the 20
combination panels.

Joanne Grant, Managing Director with JCDecaux Ireland says “JCDecaux
is very proud to be part of this hugely successful public realm
enhancement programme and to have delivered a way finding system which
leads the way in terms of best international practice and is bespoke
to Dublin.”

Michael Stubbs, Assistant City Manager with Dublin City Council says
“taken together the map panels and fingerposts signs represent the
first integrated signage system in the city. The system gives
consistent and reliable information to users and is a significant
addition to the city’s public realm.”