This Metro Map is Taking a Step in the Right Direction (Pun Intended)

For anyone who has ever taken the most common form of London Transport, the Underground (or as Londoners call it, the Tube), they know the agony of the tightly-packed tube carriages. With rows and rows of suited men and women patiently, yet infuriatingly, waiting their turn to take the Tube during their daily commute, it can be a painful way to start or end your day.  

But now you can skip the queue and get some steps on your fitness tracker while you make your way to a different tube station that may be less crowded. Or, at the very least, you can change your perspective knowing how much exercise you’re getting. 

How many steps will you get in? Now you can find out before even embarking on your journey!

There is now an official London Underground walking map that shows the amount of steps it will take to get you to the next Tube station and how many you’ll take if you fancy a stroll to work instead. 

London Transport created the map because of so many unofficial versions of map hitting the media. With the unofficial maps going viral, the Transport bosses thought, hey why not make this a thing? A Transport for London official told the Evening Standard, “[They’re] investing heavily in improving walking and cycling routes across London, with all the health benefits they bring.”

After a recent study showed that London has the longest commute in the world (that’s a tough one to swallow), the city is ready for some changes. And this map is a great step in the right direction! And hey, we hope cities like New York and Chicago get inspired, too!

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Ali Lizzi is a New York City based freelance fitness, health and beauty writer and an active member of the fitness community. She’s always up for discovering a new fitness studio to sweat in, flying to another city to travel to and eating any kind of vegan bites that she can get her hands on. Follow her journey on Instagram!