Getting oriented when exiting subways

The Times has a short piece today about how New York City’s traffic folk are putting large compass stickers on the pavement outside some subway exits, in the hope of helping people get oriented as they exit the underground Habitrails.

It seems like a reasonable solution, but I prefer what I’ve seen in several Asian subway systems (Hong Kong and Shanghai at least): Number all the exits clockwise, starting with a consistent corner, say the Northeast. That way when you’re underground, you already know which way Northeast is and people can tell you which numbered exit to take to find them aboveground. Works like a charm.

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About Jerry Michalski

Lateral thinker, itinerant troublemaker, convener, idea mill.
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