How-To's & Tips

Cycling Event Route Marking Instructions

“S. A. F. E.” … is the Way to Go!

Safety First

All RouteArrows Left of the White Line

Five RouteArrows Per Turn

Every Pre-Turn RouteArrow placed at 45°

        
             
“ RouteArrows are
           the BEST
          route marking
           method! 

Downloadable Instructions Below:

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RouteArrows Removal Info & Instructions

RouteArrows are designed to be left behind after your event, but they can also be easily removed if needed. They are made with 3 simple ingredients; paper, water-based inks, and adhesive. That’s why we say they’re “eco-friendly”.

RouteArrows are worn away by daily traffic but they will not magically disappear from wherever they are placed! Arrows located near the STOP line will wear away the quickest, as will those that get wet. But Arrows placed to the right of the white line, out of traffic, will last much longer than Arrows placed just to the left, in the traffic.

Two labels placed on each roll of RouteArrows have this simple message:
Please remove RouteArrows from trails, paths and pedestrian areas after your event. Thank You! 

The only criticism we receive at RouteArrows.com are from people who feel their neighborhood or their path is littered with Arrows after an event. Please be mindful of this issue when placing your Arrows and when planning for any removal.

Arrow removal might appear to be a tedious job, but fortunately it’s not difficult and it can also be beneficial to your event’s future growth by creating local good will.

There are two basic “Used Arrow” categories:

FRESH ARROWS
Still whole and intact; exposed to a little if any traffic

To aid removal when placing Arrows: fold the tip under just a bit, about ¼”, which creates a small “tab to grab”. When you return to remove them, lift the Arrow slow and steady, at an angle and speed that avoids tearing, not fast like a Band-Aid! The best technique will soon become evident. If it tears, use the first piece, or another Arrow, or have some duct tape handy to help lift off the remaining Arrow piece(s).

Without a folded tip: use a tool such as a metal putty knife to start the lifting process. Avoid using your fingernails. Pick then lift the tip or a front edge, but not the tails, they will tear more easily. As before, lift the Arrow slow and steady at an angle that avoids tearing. Bring a small bag to transport the waded bits of paper to your local recycle bin. Remember to wear Hi-Viz clothing and to keep an eye on traffic!

WORN ARROWS
Abraded and pressed into pavement by a lot of traffic

These are best removed with the “Water and Wire Brush” method. You simply wet the Arrows and then brush them into bits of mush. The more worn the Arrows are, the better this method works! This is also better when removing lots of Arrows in clusters.

You’ll need:

1.) A supply of water: bring 5 or more (used) 1 gallon jugs, then refill as needed.
2.) A wire Block Brush with approx. 1.25” metal bristles, available at most hardware and paint stores. Important: it must have a threaded hole(s) for a handle! Don’t use plastic or fiber bristle brushes, they’re not stiff enough.
3.) A handle: they’re usually 60” long, available in wood, metal or fiberglass.
4.) Work gloves to avoid blisters from the handle.
5.) A good sun hat and sunglasses.
6.) Cold beverages!

Work in teams of two if possible; one person wets the Arrows while the other does the brushing. Pour just enough water to saturate the Arrows, wait a few seconds and then brush with short strokes across the Arrows width. Hold the handle near vertical so the bristles make full contact. Just a few brush strokes with moderate to firm pressure will turn them into bits of harmless mush. A last splash of water or two will disperse the residue. Again, wear Hi-Viz clothing and always keep an eye out for any traffic!

More Options & Info

Another removal method, as mentioned earlier, uses duct tape. It’s an easy method, especially if you only have a few Arrows to remove. It can work with Fresh or Worn Arrows when they’re dry, but not if they’re damp. Use a 10” piece of tape, stick most of it to the Arrow the long way, then lift off the whole Arrow, or any small torn bits.

Determining which method to use at any given Arrow location will only take a little time and experience, but it’s nice to have multiple options and the tools on hand. It’s safe to say that you will probably encounter both Fresh and Worn Arrows afterwards!

Scheduling the Arrow removal within 2 days of your event is optimum. I once had a person come up and thank me, appreciative that the cycling event cared enough to remove the Arrows the day after. Few if any will notice, or cares about your Arrows left on a lonely country road or on a busy urban thoroughfare and most cycling events are many miles of both. But any Arrows placed on pedestrian paths, on sidewalks, or any other places frequented by those on foot, should be removed after your event.

Thank you for taking the time to read and consider this information. Our goal here at RouteArrows is to make the route marking equation as simple and easy as possible, to help an event do a great job and make the total event experience rewarding for the participants, the organizers and the surrounding community alike.

Storing Rolls of RouteArrows:

Hello RouteArrows Family!

As the event season winds down, you might have partial rolls of RouteArrows that you will want to use in the future!

The adhesive may diminish slightly if left out in the open,
so it is a good idea to store them in an air-tight 1 gallon
Zip-Loc™ baggy – to maintain stickiness!


Calculating Partial Rolls of RouteArrows:

If you have a Gram Scale: (kitchen food scale) 

A full / unused roll of RouteArrows weigh 845 grams.

The 3” cardboard core weighs 45 grams.

So, the 250 RouteArrows weigh 800 grams!

Therefore, each RouteArrow (plus its backing paper) weighs 3.2 grams! 

Use this equation to find the number of RouteArrows remaining on your roll:

X (your partial roll of RouteArrows weight in grams) minus 45 (weight of core) equals Y (weight of your Arrows without core)

X – 45 = Y

Y ÷ 3.2 grams = Z (# of Arrows remaining)

Example:

If your partial roll weighs 253 grams, subtract 45 grams = 208 grams.

Divide 208 by 3.2 = 65 RouteArrows left for your next event! 

If you have an Ounce Scale:

A full roll of RouteArrows weigh about 29.5 oz.

The 3” cardboard core weighs 1.5 oz, so 250 RouteArrows weigh 28 oz!

Therefore, each RouteArrow (plus its backing paper) weighs 0.112 oz.

Use this equation to find the number of RouteArrows remaining on your roll:

X (your partial roll of RouteArrows weight in ounces) minus 1.5 (weight of core) equals Y (weight of your Arrows without core)

X – 1.5 = Y

Y ÷ 0.112 = Z (the number of remaining RouteArrows!)

More Tips:

1) It’s always a good idea to be generous when marking your event routes, because as the saying goes “people don’t make wrong turns…. they miss the right ones!” If you need help calculating how many RouteArrows you need per route, see our FAQ’s page.

2) We always recommend ordering your rolls of RouteArrows about 1- 2 months ahead of time to eliminate any last minute issues and pre event stress!

3) We’re getting amazing feedback on the ease and efficiency of RouteCans, order yours now for next year’s event and your marking team will really appreciate it!