Friday, July 20, 2012

London Warms Up For The Games



Ella Creamer / youthjournalism.org
The Olympic Rings hang from London's Tower Bridge
By Ella Creamer
Junior Reporter
DEVON, England – It may be all this rain we’ve been getting, but there most definitely is a different atmosphere in London leading up to the July 27 Olympic kick-off.
Firstly, the new buildings. The Olympic committee has been busy over the past year completing an Aquatic Centre, Olympic Stadium and a statue called ‘Orbit’ for the Games.
Ella Creamer / youthjournalism.org

A view of London's Olympic Stadium from Pudding
Mill Lane Station
An Olympic village has also been built to house officials and athletes who will be managing or competing this and next month. This week, they are beginning to move in.
Travel in London has also changed. An ‘Active Travel’ campaign has been launched to encourage Londoners to do more physical exercise this summer, particularly if they are traveling to and from the Games, rather than using public transport.
According to the London 2012 website, £10m, or about $15.6 million in U.S. dollars – has been spent improving 75km worth of walking and cycling routes in the city and in the suburbs. 
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Bikes for hire at London's Tower Hill
Furthermore, there are many locations all over London to hire bicycles from as part of the Mayor of London’s Barclays Cycle Hire scheme, in an attempt to reduce London’s carbon footprint, get Londoners to do something active and free up public transport networks, including underground tubes. 
Moreover, messages recorded by London Mayor Boris Johnson are being played at major London stations, telling people to “get ahead of the Games.”
Ella Creamer / youthjournalism.org

The Orbit structure
The website www.getaheadofthegames.com advises leaving extra time for journeys during the Olympic period as they can take longer when stations are busy, to plan your journey to prevent queues at ticket stations, to not use cars – parking is extremely limited – and to expect security checks at Olympic venues.
There is most definitely lots of evidence suggesting the arrival of the Olympics in town. One example, the giant Olympic rings hung on Tower Bridge, can be viewed from many locations around London.
Richmond Park contains the largest rings in London. Measuring approximately 300 meters, according to the London 2012 website, they can only be fully viewed from above.
All we have to hope for now is that the weather will cheer up. Now, let’s crack on and win some gold medals!

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