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New Pedestrian Maps Will Help Lost New Yorkers Know Where They Are

Posted by on Jul 3, 2013 in getting lost, maps, New York City | 0 comments

New Pedestrian Maps Will Help Lost New Yorkers Know Where They Are

If you’re directionally challenged and living in a small town or urban area, you may wonder how people living in huge, complex cities, like New York, ever learn to find their way around. It seems so overwhelming, so complicated, so difficult. But they all must be able to do it, right?

Not so, according to a recent New York Times article by Matt Flegenheimer: New Yorkers get lost, like everyone else. Reasons include the absence of important cues, like street signs, and the “non-logical” layout of some avenues and streets. Even if they know their own stomping ground, people may be disoriented when they end up in parts of the city where they’ve never been before.

According to the NYT article, a Transportation Department survey of 500 pedestrians showed that New Yorkers aren’t all great navigators: some residents (14%) and visitors (27%) couldn’t identify the neighborhood or borough where they were being interviewed, a third couldn’t point north, and almost 10% said they had gotten lost during the previous week.

To try to help the situation, New York City has just invested $6 million in new pedestrian sidewalk maps to help everyone know that “the Bronx is up and the Battery’s down”:


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