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Annals of Walking – 1

July 27, 2011

About time for an Annals of Walking, no?  Especially with the Walk 21 conference coming up in October.

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CHANGING LONDONERS MENTAL MAPS

From This Big City:

 funky new Legible London pedestrian signs installed by Transport for London (TfL) …  have been sprouting up all over the capital during the last year.

Each monolith is strategically placed and has:

  • An easy-to-read map that is orientated to the users point of view;
  • 5 and 15 minute walking distances;
  • 3D drawings of key shops and buildings in the area

The thinking behind the new system is to encourage more people to walk around London instead of driving or using already overcrowded public transport.  By catching people at key decision points – such as tube stations – and providing them with the right information on walking times and local attractions, it is hoped that they will choose to walk. …

Research following the prototype system in Bond Street found that on average, walking journeys in the area were 16% quicker.  More recent assessments of the new pilots found that the number of people getting lost in the area fell by 65%.  Overall this has contributed to a five per cent increase in people walking in these areas of London.

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WALK 21 UPDATE

Dr. David Suzuki is going to be a plenary speaker at Walk21 (how could he not!) on October 3. Read his bio here.

Check out the updated program with new sessions added including breakouts, multimedia, Pecha Kucha and posters.

Click here to read summaries of submissions from 18 countries.

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. Agustin permalink
    July 27, 2011 9:18 am

    Excellent idea, the maps. I’ve seen similar ones around Vancouver, though they weren’t at bus stops.

  2. Sungsu permalink
    July 27, 2011 10:18 am

    The problem with the Vancouver maps is that they have North at the top of the map, at least all the ones I’ve seen.

    • Agustin permalink
      July 27, 2011 11:27 am

      Why is that a problem?

      • Sungsu permalink
        July 28, 2011 10:44 am

        Maybe “problem” was too strong a word, but they can be harder to use for some people because they are not “… orientated to the users point of view.”

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