Now we love gadgets and gizmos like Oliver Reed liked to quaff yards of ale, but sometimes the quickest answer to a question can be found by more low tech means.
For example, the guys at Visual Motive pondered over the thorny question of whether you’d be better off walking instead of taking the bus.
We’ve probably all faced this conundrum stuck at a bus stop. If you’ve only got a fairly short distance to travel – say you’re trying to get to the pub before closing time – it is better to wait for the bus or should you leg it? And exactly how long should you wait if you’re going for the bus option?
Instead of whipping out a trendy mobile app or melding some sort of interactive GPS walking gadget, they suggest you solve this thorny question via a good old fashioned table which gives you the facts in a no-nonsense manner.
The table can be found here and works on this basic rule of thumb: if you have N blocks to travel, you should only wait for the bus if it is less than N minutes away.
Of course, the table doesn’t take into account London’s perplexing system that sees no buses for an eternity and then a virtual procession of the things trundling down your road at once. Or – more likely – hurtling past you as you’re stuck between two stops after deciding to walk.