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Urban Planet: Walking Times

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Urban Planet is a daily roundup of blogs from around the world dealing specifically with urban environments. We’ll be on the lookout for websites outside the country that approach themes related to urban experiences and issues.

Trying to encourage people to walk, the London Olympic Committee erected a variety of wayfinding signs with estimated walking times to popular destinations. But as this article from the Wall Street Journal discusses, estimated travel times are highly subjective, resulting in contradictory estimates of how long it might take. Factors such as walking speed, elevation, congestion and stops can make a significant impact – and it seems nearly every estimator accounts for these factors differently.

Image from Transportation Nation

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