Meeting half way is an old concept for cutting down the distance two people have to travel to get to one another. With everyone warily eyeballing gas prices and taking up bikes or a good pair of shoes as a preferable mode of transportation, shortening the travel distance and meeting half way seems even more appealing.
But how do you pick where to meet, especially if you're unfamiliar with the area? There's a cool website that does the work for you and makes meeting in the middle more of an adventure. Meetways.com lets users enter in two addresses plus the type of place where two people would want to converge. So say you're trying to get together with a client from across town and you'd like to talk over coffee. Enter in your two addresses and "coffee" and Meetways figures out the exact middle point, then gives you coffee shops surrounding that point. Users can find a favorite place that's equidistant, or discover a place they've never tried before to make it an adventurous outing.
I tried it with two businesses across town from each other, where I'd have to bike five miles to get from one to the other. I typed in "coffee," and it gave me four coffee shops right smack at halfway, each around two and a half miles from each business. It also gave me addresses, phone numbers and direction options for each coffee shop.
Shortening the distance between two places makes the idea of walking, biking, or taking the bus more doable to more people, and websites or phone apps that help out with reducing travel time, cost, and carbon footprints are awesome.
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