AÂ sign showing kilometresÂ on the route of the firstÂ ‘London’ marathon had itsÂ anniversary this week. For a century, it has pointed the way forÂ anyoneÂ trying to retraceÂ the steps of the original runnersÂ towards the finishing lineÂ at White City in London, where the 1908 Olympic Games were held.
The contribution of British engineers and scientists to the development of the international metric system is well known. What is less well known is that, in addition to the six SI units that are named after British scientists and engineers, there is a seventh unit approved for use with SI. (Article based on contributions by Martin Vlietstra).
According to Legible London, an initiative led by Transport for London, all existing pedestrian direction signs in London will be replaced by 2015 with new wayfinding signs. The enamelled monolith-style signs will have maps as well as directions and distances in “minutes”.