May 20 2013 Latest news:
Sarah Shaffi, Olympics editor (news)
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
A world-renowned group of free runners has filmed a video to encourage people to consider walking to work during the Olympics and Paralympics.
Parkour acrobats performed stunts in front of commuters between London Bridge and Monument stations yesterday morning, and you can watch them on the video on this page..
The free runners, from group 3RUN, wanted to show the two sites are a “hop, skip and a jump” apart and encourage commuters to walk rather than get the Tube where possible during the London 2012 Games.
Free runner Sam Parham said: “What we do is great fun and fantastic for people to watch but today has the more serious message that walking is the easiest alternative to taking public transport during the Games.
“I know I’d rather be out in the fresh air soaking up the atmosphere this summer.”
Transport for London (TfL) staff were also handing out free walking maps at London’s mainline railway stations as part of the Get Ahead of the Games initiative.
The maps have been created to encourage people to swap short Tube journeys for walking during the Olympics and Paralympics, and will be available at mainline and some London Underground stations during Games-time.
London Bridge is a hotspot station during the Games, and is expected to be exceptionally busy at certain times of the day as people move through the station on their way to venues.
Yesterday’s events coincided with the launch of Living Streets’ Walk to Work Week.