Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Life in the fast lane 'speeds up'

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The pace of life for city dwellers is literally getting faster, a new British-led study suggests.
People are walking 10% more quickly than a decade ago, according to research in 32 cities across the globe.
Office workers walk during their lunch break in Singapore

Thousands of pedestrians were secretly timed in city centres with Singapore's residents found to be the most swift, followed by Copenhagen and Madrid.


1. Singapore; 10.55s

2. Copenhagen (Denmark); 10.82s

3. Madrid (Spain); 10.89s

4. Guangzhou (China): 10.94s

5. Dublin (Ireland); 11.03s

6. Curitiba (Brazil); 11.13s

7. Berlin (Germany); 11.16s

8. New York (USA); 12.00s

9. Utrecht (Holland); 12.04s

10. Vienna (Austria); 12.06s

Time in seconds to cover 60ft (0.02km)

Source: British Council

New York was ranked 8th, while London was outside the top 10. The Middle East tended to have the slowest pace of life.

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