Welcome to the fun, "irreverent & informative", award-winning London Underground Tube Blog.
Click here for other London Underground guidance. Contact me here

Going Underground's Blog
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Annie Mole's, webmaster of Going Underground, daily web log (blog).
If you like this you'll LURVE One Stop Short of Barking, THE fun and informative BOOK about travelling
on the London Underground.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Deal with Commuter Rage with Giant Punch Bags

The Chinese have an answer for everything. There's a lot of
pent up frustration and anger in the UK right now and maybe this is what we're looking for. We all know what it's like when we've just missed a London Underground train. Or we've been waiting on a Tube platform for what seems like an eternity, only for the train to be cancelled. In Shangai there's a way for dealing with this frustration.

Chinese subway riders get punching bags to beat out their demons

Treehugger report that "The punching bag is, in actuality, a very clever ad campaign by Adidas, installed in Shanghai. The slogan written on it, according to Micgadget, says, "Every year you have to wait on the platform for about 1,824 minutes. Don't waste your time, come and have some punch !"

We know there can be a lot of waiting on a Tube station platform. It might not a bad way to get some exercise or blow off some steam while waiting. Fun installations like these are definitely a way to get people to try to enjoy the daily commuting grind a little more. The recent slide installed in Overvecht is a great example of this.

However, there are obviously downsides to the punch bag idea. Dvice points out, "Now, I understand there are droves of stressed out workers going to work and returning home in China, like there are in every other major global city, but a subway station doesn't exactly seem like the best place to install a punching bag. One blown nerve and a person taking it out their virtual boss on the bag could end up accidentally injuring a bystander."

Hat tip to @Jester who told me about this.

What do you think? Are there any station platforms in London big enough for this to work on?

You might also like
Slides on the Tube - would you use them?
Slide stairs to the Train

; Posted by Annie Mole Thursday, August 11, 2011 Permalink COMMENT HERE Add to Stumble Upon