Transport for London Unveils New Walking Maps For City's Underground
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Transport for London wants to add a classic mode of transportation to your next tube ride, unveiling new maps that illustrate just how many steps you can expect to take between stations.
Mashable reports TfL now highlights the amount of steps you can plan on taking from, say, Piccadilly Circus and Leicester Square. According to the map, that would be about 600 simple steps, which also means you need to up your game in other ways if you plan on hitting 10,000 steps by day’s end.
It comes at a perfect time as more and more people are obsessed with their health apps and their respective daily pursuit to hit that magic number of steps.
Like calories listed on a menu, the highlighted steps may just motivate you to switch things up and instead depart one station to walk instead of sitting sedentary to ride there, and if you are worried about getting to your meeting or attraction on time, TfL has already released a similar map that offers how much time you can plan on spending on that amble between stations.
London mayor Sadiq Khan offered some thoughts on the initiative to Mashable: “The new steps map will encourage more of us to walk these short journeys instead — it’s good for our health and it will help support London’s small businesses. We’ve made clear our commitment to tackle air pollution and get more walking and cycling in London, and this is a fun and practical way to help busy Londoners who want to walk more as part of their everyday lives.”
Not only is this great for commuters, it’s fantastic for tourists. Now, you have a highly transparent and simple way to view the best possible way to get where you are going. Instead of skipping over one stop for fear of wasting time before you get to that museum or restaurant, you can now see how much time and how many steps you will actually expend in a small detour.
A short itinerary suddenly gets another stop and businesses along the way possibly garner your attention.
Now this is hardly the only change TfL has made to the Tube lately.
Back in June, we covered a change in font planned to London Underground signage throughout the city.
The move is meant to bring the signs into the modern era of social media, but, it seems, TfL is also looking out for its city’s wellbeing as it moves to encourage a bit more walking between stops.
It’s a beautiful thing, because in this city you don’t want to miss a thing.
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