Singapore Is In The Greatest Hurry
Updated: 08:25, Wednesday May 02, 2007
The pace of life in cities around the world is literally getting faster, a study has shown.
Psychologists have measured the speed at which people walk and discovered a 10% increase in the last decade.
City life is speeding upTen years ago, California State University's Professor Robert Levine showed that walking speed provides a reliable measure of the pace of life in a city.
Since then, the pace has speeded up, the study revealed.
British psychologist Professor Richard Wiseman, who led the research, said: "This simple measurement provides a significant insight into the physical and social health of a city.
"The pace of life in our major cities is now much quicker than before.
"This increase in speed will affect more people than ever, because for the first time in history the majority of the world's population are now living in urban centres."
Surprisingly, London is relatively slow compared with some other cities, the results show.
On the list of 32 international cities compiled by Prof Wiseman it ranked 12th.
People were in the greatest hurry in Singapore. Following in their footsteps were the residents of Copenhagen and Madrid, the two fastest paced European cities.
A closer look at the UK showed that the fastest walkers were in London, followed by Belfast, Edinburgh and Cardiff.
Researchers timed how long it took 35 men and women to walk along a 60ft stretch of pavement.
Men were generally 25% quicker on their feet than women.
The 10 fastest city walking times:
1) Singapore (Singapore); 10.55
2) Copenhagen (Denmark); 10.82
3) Madrid (Spain); 10.89
4) Guangzhou (China): 10.94
5) Dublin (Ireland); 11.03
6) Curitiba (Brazil); 11.13
7) Berlin (Germany); 11.16
8) New York (US); 12.00
9) Utrecht (Netherlands); 12.04
10) Vienna (Austria); 12.06
UK: London 12.17; Belfast 12.98; Edinburgh 13.29; Cardiff 16.81.
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