Image by Adam Fagen licensed under Creative Commons.

On Sunday, Metro rider/graphic designer Jen Scharl‏ noticed that the handrails in the Fort Totten Metro station were color-coded:

She's not the only one who snapped a photo.

A lot of people seemed to be fans of the idea:

Other Twitter users pointed out that color-coding was used in systems elsewhere around the world:

Some people worried that this wouldn't aid people who are colorblind. However, it's helpful to have a variety of wayfinding tools for different riders, and adding color-coded handrails doesn't mean Metro is doing away with other signage.

What do you think of the colored handrails — good idea, or na?

Julie Strupp is Greater Greater Washington's Managing Editor. She's written for DCist, Washingtonian, the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism, and others. You can usually find her sparring with her judo club, pedaling around the city, or hanging out on her Columbia Heights stoop.