New maps celebrate decade of navigating London on foot

Legible London
Special anniversary ‘Legible London’ maps have been launched to help people living, working and visiting London to walk regularly around the Capital.

The maps, in the same style as signs already in place across the city, have been produced by Transport for London (TfL) and are located in Brixton, Old Street and North Bank.

Their introduction means that, 10 years after the first signs were erected, there are now more than 1,700 in place – and TfL says it is working with boroughs and other partners to install further signs.

The new signs have been launched after Public Health England (PHE) released statistics showing that millions of people across the UK still don’t walk the recommended amount each month.

PHE research suggests that 41% of the 15.3m English adults (aged 40 to 60 years) walk less than 10 minutes continuously each month at a brisk pace of at least 3mph.

The signs form part of London’s draft Transport Strategy which includes the aim of increasing the proportion of people walking, cycling and taking public transport to 80% of journeys by 2041.

Will Norman, London’s walking and cycling commissioner, said:

“We want our city to be a world leader in creating healthy streets – where walking and cycling is an easy and obvious choice for everyone.

“Recent figures have once again shown the extent of the inactivity crisis across the UK.

“The bold ambition set out in our Transport Strategy is for people to walk 20 minutes each day, and the health benefits to Londoners achieving this would be substantial.

“Legible London helps people find out for themselves how easy and fun it can be getting around and exploring London on foot. And by helping Londoners find their way around, encourages more people to make walking a part of their everyday lives.”

27 September 2017