26 July 2012
The Olympics Have Come and Metric Signs Have Graced the Streets
Whilst walking through London's East End, I came across some closed pedestrian crossings. To my (pleasant) surprise, the signs showing the next closest crossing were specified in metres. Although this is a positive, it shows the British muddle at its finest. With yards showing distances from underground stations (although some are in metres) and these new signs exclusively in metres, it is inevitable that confusion will be caused. In addition to this, the issue of m being used for metres, as well as incorrectly for miles also comes to the forefront. I shan't dwell on this though, as the folks at www.metricviews.org.uk tend to have this covered.