One thing the LOCOG assured visitors of during the Games was that they would not get lost. The inevitability of this happening is based on entrance to a foreign country and the confusing differences between the UK and the US (where are the street signs? why aren’t the crosswalks at the ends of the roads? why is everyone going the wrong way?).
It’s actually pretty easy to find lost people.
But basic construction of the city has made it friendlier, because you don’t have to ask for directions. Except for maybe these call centers in the Tube.
By putting up signs, directions, and posts that say “you are here,” being lost is not seen as a cause for alarm and embarrassment.
Since I took the Tube, I noticed the use of the LOCOG’s particular shade of pink to point out Olympic stadium locations.
It was at a point that no one could get to Olympic Park without being blind.
Now, I’m not saying that there’s anything wrong with asking for directions, and actually, the people I asked for directions were very nice, especially the volunteers. Though I can understand why people were apprehensive to ask Londoners, considering how much traffic the Olympics was supposed to bring in.
However, the volunteers were also great help too. Especially after they did this to the signs.