Friday, 26 July 2013

Where Am I?

I like maps. I like to know where I am and where other things are and to have this elaborate knowledge set out in an intuitive and aesthetically pleasing way. Maps do that. I like them.

So imagine my surprise and delight when I saw this new addition to the corner of Central and Washington Roads a day or so ago. In my view it is everything a local map should be. It looks nice, it is detailed and also gives a broad overview. It shows where it is situated and as a consequence where you are while looking at it. It is oriented in the direction of the actual roads and while perhaps its one omission is a distance scale in metres or miles etc., it does show distances in minutes to walk which is a unit of distance many people think in anyway. It even has a North pointer embedded at the bottom.

For me this is a good use of Boris’s money. It is an attractive addition that is both modern and timeless, a pointer to places of interest and a point of interest in itself, of great practical usefulness and visual appeal. Central Road, I think we have arrived (or at least we are moving in the right direction.)

Am I revealing a hint of geekyness here? I also like clocks…

And yes I am bracing myself for the inevitable comment, “Its just a map!”

Update (28th July)

Several more of these have popped up up and down Central Road ('The High Street' for those requiring this clarification) and it's extension, Cheam Common Road (for those who enjoy getting the technicalities right). I have seen the one on the corner of Green Lane (also spotted by Scrapper), and one at the North Cheam crossroads near the post office (also spotted by Ian). According to readers they are also near the Lindsay Road bus stop (also thanks Ian - I missed seeing that one), in the Avenue (thanks Karen) and near the North Cheam Sainsbury's (thanks 'You are here').

Obviously the most important one is the Green Lane one, being about the position where visitors to our grand village who have just got off the train will stop and think, 'now where do I have to go?'