It’s strange how our mind works – distances always sound much longer than the time it takes to travel them, and can make it hard to estimate how long it will take to reach our destination. For example, if I tell you that the Civic Centre and Hospital are 1.5 miles apart, you are likely to baulk at the idea of getting on your bike, but that trip will only take you 12 minutes (that’s an average cyclist mind, not Bradley Wiggins or Victoria Pendleton).
Surprised? Well that’s why we’ve put together a new travel map of Southend, with a handy measuring tool you can use to work out how little time it’ll take you to get around by bike or on foot. Just use the background grid pattern or cut out the tool and hold it against the map to work out your journey time. You might be taken aback; in the time it takes to start up the car and find somewhere to park, you could have reached your destination and grabbed a breath of fresh air in the process. Why not try it out and see how much time you could save? Hopefully it’ll make it a bit easier to think of your trip in terms of minutes rather than miles.