Frequently Answered Questions

What are RouteArrows?

Originally designed for route marking on cycling events and tours, RouteArrows are easy to use peel-n-stick paper arrows, that are now universally used for runs, walks and a diverse range of event types! They are 3” wide x 11.9” long, and come on rolls of 250. They are available in a rainbow of 9 High Visibility colors, and have a strong, non-toxic, water based adhesive that sticks to any clean dry paved road surface. And being just paper, they will disintegrate away by average traffic wear! See RouteArrows in our store!

What are RouteLines?

RouteLines are made from the same non-toxic peel-n-stick paper material as RouteArrows but are a continuous (uncut) roll, 3” wide x 195’ long.  You cut the length to suit your event’s needs such as Start/Finish lines, BIG arrows, hazard marking, and spelling out words!  RouteLines are great for a full or half marathon, triathlon, 5k races, or walking and cycling events too! The backing paper is slit to facilitate easy separation from the tape.  They are available in the same Hi-Viz Orange as the RouteArrows Orange!

How many RouteArrows do I need for my event?

Our time-tested route marking method uses 5 RouteArrows per turn. With 250 arrows per roll, that allows for about 50+/- marked points per roll. Therefore, if you have more than about 45 turns per route, you should consider a 2nd roll of that same color to be safe.

You will also need RouteArrows at the Start/Finish and in and out of rest stops.  Also, it is helpful to use “affirmation” arrows to say “you’re on route, keep going!”.  Be generous, we strongly discourage using less than 3 RouteArrows per turn.  Lost participants are not happy people! Using ample RouteArrows on your event will help your less experienced participants feel safe and cared for. For complete route marking instructions:  See Instructions Page Here!

Where is the best place (on the road) to place RouteArrows?

For cycling routes, we strongly recommend putting RouteArrows “Left of the White Line” (LWL) not off to the right, in the shoulder/bike lane.  The advantages: The road is smoother and cleaner LWL, so the RouteArrows will both stick better and be worn away quicker, which is a good thing!  Shoulders and bike lanes come and go, so LWL is a more consistent location.  Lastly, riders in a peloton (groups) will more easily see the RouteArrows LWL, as their view is partially obscured out in front by the lead rider(s).

If there is no white line, put RouteArrows 1-3 feet left of the pavement edge or as we say:  “Put ‘em where cars hit em!” Also, DO NOT put RouteArrows on, or up against ANY white line or words (i.e. STOP). The RouteArrows attention grabbing contrast is greatly diminished against or on a white background. For additional route marking info see here.

At what angle should RouteArrows be placed?

Place all Pre-Turn RouteArrows at a 45 degree angle, either left or right.  This allows the participant to easily distinguish and understand the correct turn direction much sooner.  Turn arrows, placed at right angles to the direction of travel, are much harder to distinguish due to the very low angle at which they are seen.  Place all other, (ie. “affirmation” and “confirmation” arrows) parallel to the direction of travel.

What about Running or Walking or other event types?

RouteArrows and RouteLines are also excellent for events such as half marathons, 5k races, walkathons etc. Unlike on bike rides, walkers and runners are moving slower so they need less notice time before the turn. We still suggest 5 RouteArrows per turn but they can be placed much closer to the turn than needed for cycle events. If you are using bigger RouteLines arrows 2-3 per turn is optimum.

What if our route is partially or fully unpaved?

That’s not a problem and we have you covered!  

First, our Blank Signs are great for dirt trails, gravel roads, grassy fields, sandy beaches, and even on snowy routes!  You put your RouteArrows on these black “Blank Signs” which make the bright RouteArrow colors really “POP!”   We provide two heavy duty metal “Beefy Stakes” with each sign that are much stronger and stiffer than conventional “H” stakes used with most yard signs.

Second, we have RouteSigns!  They’re are available in 99 options and they can be stapled, or taped to your wood or metal stakes, or existing roadside hardware (with permission, of course!)  RouteSigns A-1 and A-2 are directional arrows, and all 99 signs are 4 square feet of attention grabbing Hi-Viz Neon Yellow!

Are RouteArrows environmentally friendly?

YES!  Both RouteArrows and RouteLines are made with three ingredients: a mid weight paper,  a non-toxic, water-based ink and a water-based “food grade” adhesive (used for the food package industry). However, we don’t necessarily recommend eating them, they’re actually rather bland and flavorless! These eco-friendly ingredients do come at an additional cost, but we think it’s well worth it.

How many RouteArrows/RouteLines are on each roll?

There are 250 arrows (+/-) on each roll.  RouteLines are a continuous roll, 195′ long.  Both RouteArrows and RouteLines are only sold in full rolls, we do not have partial rolls.

How are RouteArrows and RouteLines applied?

RouteArrows are very quick and easy to apply!  Just peel them off their backing, tip first, sweep the dust/grit away and place your RouteArrows down, one at a time, (spaced 2-3 inches apart when using multiple colors) and press them down repeatedly, or rolling over them with a roller, to assure a good bond with the pavement surface.

RouteLines are peeled and applied a bit differently:  Cut the material into your desired length(s) with scissors or a tear. The cut line down the center of the backing makes it easy to separate the Orange tape from the backing. Place RouteLines sections as you would the RouteArrows, just be sure to clean the location well and press them down firmly with ample foot stomps or a roller to assure a good bond with the paved road surface. See removal instructions for the complete How-To!  

*For a great way to efficiently dispense RouteArrows and RouteLines, check out our New Product – RouteCan!

Can I use RouteArrows on paved trails and Bike Paths?

Yes! In view of this, the only complaints we receive at RouteArrows are from local trail users about arrows left behind on “my path”.  Each roll has two labels that say “Please remove RouteArrows from trails, paths and pedestrian areas after your event.  Thank You!”.

We suggest putting RouteArrows on the street at the path entrance/exit, rather than on the path itself. If your event does need to put RouteArrows on a path, at any intersections or forks, you will need fewer arrows as it is a more visually compact area, but please use them as sparingly as possible and always remove all of them right after your event.

Please see FAQ “Can they be removed” for more info.

Can they be removed? What if they need to be removed?

RouteArrows and RouteLines are a unique eco-friendly product designed to be worn away by daily traffic. This greatly reduces the time, effort, risk and fuel expense incurred with route marking an event.  If they must be removed (from trails or paths, etc) there are two options.

1) The ”Tab to Grab” method: Place them out of traffic so they won’t be as abraded and worn.  When placing each arrow, fold the tip under just a bit (~1/4″) to create that ”Tab to Grab”. To remove them, use a metal tool a “picker” to lift that tip, or an edge and then pull them up. This option works best with “fresh”, unworn arrows.

2) The Water method:  Use this method if they are already well pressed down, well worn by traffic, or many days old. Wet the arrow; use a wire “block brush” attached to a threaded broom handle and brush them into mush that will quickly wear away and decompose.  

See Removal Instructions here!

How long do they last after being applied to the road?

RouteArrows and RouteLines are just paper, designed to disintegrate from traffic wear, when properly located.  The variables of traffic volume, weather, and their location on the street greatly affects their life span. If they stay dry and see light traffic, it can take weeks until they fully disintegrate. But, if they are exposed to heavy traffic they will be worn away in just days.  If they get wet, (moderate rain) their lifespan can be less than a day with moderate traffic. The colors will naturally fade to white from daily sun exposure.

(If you might have rain, see FAQ “What if it rains on or before the event?”)

What is the shelf-life of RouteArrows?

The adhesive manufacturer’s recommended shelf life is 6 months  – as it is water based.

The new rolls of RouteArrows we ship are well within that time window, we have productions runs at least 2-3 times per year. Most events use their RouteArrows within that window and without issue. If you order RouteArrows more than ~4 months in advance, store them in a sealed container (like a 1 gallon Zip-Loc bag), so they will be as fresh as possible!

After your event, we suggest you store any partial rolls of RouteArrows in a sealed container, to prolong their usability until your next event.

How can I calculate how many RouteArrows are on a partial roll?

Using a Gram Scale:

Full roll of RouteArrows = 845 grams

Cardboard Core = 45 grams

250 RouteArrows = 800 grams

Each RouteArrow = 3.2 grams

 

Equation:

Your partial roll of RouteArrows weight in grams MINUS 45 grams = Weight of your leftover RouteArrows without Core

X − 45 grams = Y

Y ÷ 3.2 grams = Z (# of leftover RouteArrows)

 

Using an Ounces Scale:

Full roll of RouteArrows = 30 oz

Cardboard Core = 1.6 oz

Each RouteArrow = .12 oz

250 RouteArrows = 28.4 oz

 

Equation:

Your partial roll of RouteArrows weight in ounces MINUS 1.6 oz = Weight of your leftover RouteArrows without Core

X − 1.6 oz = Y

Y ÷ .12 oz = Z (# of leftover RouteArrows)

How far in advance should / can RouteArrows be placed?

For optimum results, place RouteArrows and RouteLines as close to the event as possible; within 24 hours is best.  Placing your route markings many days or a week in advance will greatly reduce their visibility and usability by exposure to increased traffic and weather exposure.  Remember, your marking crew will require much less time to put down RouteArrows, compared to using other outdated and messy methods such as spray paint, chalk paint or duct tape.

What if it rains on or before the event?

After being placed on dry roads, RouteArrows and RouteLines will survive a mild to moderate rain assuming very light traffic. If your event historically experiences lots of rain, RouteArrows might not be the best route marking method for you.  RouteArrows and RouteLines will not survive moderate to heavy rain when placed out in traffic as the adhesive is water-based.  But, if rain is forecast just before or on your event, place RouteArrows or RouteLines (on dry roads) out of the traffic pattern to increase their lifespan.

For events in potentially or consistently damp environments we suggest using our RouteSigns or Blank Signs, or our new ConeTop Signs (Coming Soon!)

Will they stick to wet roads?

RouteArrows and RouteLines will not stick to wet or very damp roads. (Nothing does!)

Will they stick to dirt, or gravel roads, sand or grass?

In a word, no.  

With those or similar conditions, consider using our RouteSigns,  Blank Signs or ConeTop Signs (Coming Soon)!  

Check them out in our shop menu!

How long does delivery take?

RouteArrows and RouteLines ship via UPS standard ground. Expedited shipping is also available (via UPS 2nd day or overnight).

For standard ground, please allow at least 10 – 12 business days prior to your event for delivery. Early am orders process and usually ship the same day, others take 1 or 2 business days.  Shipping to East Coast locations takes 1 to 3 business days, shipping to mid-US locations takes 3 to 5 business days and shipping to West Coast locations takes 5 to 7 business days.

Shipping cost will vary with order size and your location. Please see Shipping Information for more details. If you have any questions or concerns please contact me: Randall Braun (650) 429-8859 (8am to 6pm Pacific Time) or email: randall@routearrows.com

How many/What colors are available?

RouteArrows come in a full rainbow of 9 High Visibility Colors! Red, Orange, Yellow, Lime, Green, Blue, Aqua, Purple and Pink!  RouteLines are available in the same Hi-Viz Orange as the RouteArrows Orange!

Can I order custom printing or custom colors?

We do not have custom colors or do custom printing for RouteArrows or RouteLines.

If you believe having a logo or label on the RouteArrows has high value, please consider getting a rubber stamp.  However, we believe that due to the speed at which participants pass by the arrows, custom printing is of very low value.

How much do RouteArrows and RouteLines cost?

RouteArrows come in rolls of 250 that are $79 per roll (+S&H). RouteLines are $78 per 195’ long roll (+S&H).

Consider your cost per rider:  Events with 500 riders that use three rolls (have 3 routes) invest about 50 cents per rider.  RouteLines‘ cost per event will vary (depending on # of rolls) but it is less than 45 cents per foot.  You can use the Orange RouteLines as a start/finish line and also for marking potholes, cracks or other road hazards.

Who invented these RouteArrows and all the other great products?!

I (Randall Braun) first envisioned RouteArrows back in the late 80′s as I saw so many century events struggle with their route marking and also during my experiences while route marking the Davis Bike Club’s Foxy Fall and Double Century events. After months of prototyping, I finally brought RouteArrows to market in early 2007, RouteLines in early 2014, and the other products have steadily followed suit!  See “Our Story” in the About menu for the complete story!

How do I order products from RouteArrows?!

Ordering is easy!  Use our online store. For further questions contact me: Randall Braun (650) 429-8859 (8am to 6pm Pacific Time) or email: randall@routearrows.com

Do you offer discounts to non-profit organizations?

Yes, absolutely!  From day one, RouteArrows has been proud to offer a discount to Non-Profit organizations!  We have a simple in-house form with a line for your 501 (c)(3) (or similar) tax ID number.  To quickly get your non-profit discount:

  1. Create a non-profit account on our website by filling out the form here.
  2. You may either shop from there or log in later with your newly created account info.  Sign in through the “My Account” link in the menu on the RouteArrows website.
  3. When signed in to our website with your non-profit account, you get the 15% discount applied automatically, shown as a lower price in the cart, not a separate line item.

Do You Ship Internationally?

Yes. we do!  This website “RouteArrows.com” sells and ships to US addresses as well as the Caribbean, the Virgin Islands, Canada, Mexico, parts of Asia and the Middle East.

As you probably know shipping costs to these other countries will vary and can be very expensive, depending on your location.

We now have a UK/EU Distributor for European countries!

To Visit and Shop that site go here: https://www.routearrows.eu/

 

Please note: You will be responsible for the payment of duties, fees, taxes, tariffs, etc. to the authorities in your country upon receipt of this product. These fees are solely your responsibility.