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Desire lines–

A desire line (or desire path) is a path developed by erosion caused by animal or human footfall. The path usually represents the shortest or most easily navigated route between an origin and destination. Why do we feel the need to get everywhere as quickly as possible?

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Comments (11)

  1. “Desire line”? That’s so twen­ti­eth cen­tury. I think what you mean to say is “Crowd­sourced Bezier Nav-way 2.0″.

  2. It’s the water in us.

  3. Human beings are like cur­rents — we fol­low the path of least resistance.

  4. it’s more about walk­ing less, sometimes.

  5. I’d never herd of desire lines but I really like the name. My nat­ural instinct is to avoid them and take the pre-planned path, although i’ll occa­sion­ally walk on the ‘good’ grass.

    Didn’t think of it until now, but its almost a human oxbow lake!

  6. It could be seen as a case of peo­ple sub­con­sciously improv­ing on an inef­fi­cient design through con­tin­ued use.

  7. I nor­mally take the long route too. I guess that makes me a fol­lower rather than a pioneer.

  8. At the heart, it’s the nature of evolution.

  9. How soon will you update your blog? I’m inter­ested in read­ing some more infor­ma­tion on this issue.

  10. Why do we feel the need to design the longest path?

  11. Very inter­est­ing post.

    Gen­er­ally, we tend to rush every­thing when going from A to B. As a cyclist in Lon­don, I see a lot of peo­ple who can­not wait a mere 5 sec­onds before cross­ing the road. There is some­thing deep down push­ing us…

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