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    Posted: May 07 2014 at 12:45pm
 i dont like standing still so i just used them as stairs if i can.  it never occurred to me that people had a problem with how others use them, until:








A new Japanese social epidemic: Walking on escalators

In an effort to prevent spills, Japanese subway stations are starting to outlaw the practice of hurrying up the moving steps
By W. David Marx


Watch out, guy in yellow shirt. Running up an escalator may seem cool but could cost you an eye. (Photo by Flickr user theeruditefrog)

According to Sankei/MSN, metro stations in Japan are starting to prohibit walking on escalators in order to curb a rash of escalator-related accidents. The escalator industry has identified the act of leg-powered movement on an escalator as a "dangerous action" (危険行為). As quoted in the article, the Japan Elevator Association says that escalators are not meant for walking, and people should not stand on one side to let walkers go by.

To back up these claims of an 'escalator walking' epidemic, Sankei/MSN points to a doubling of escalator-related accidents from 1993-1994 to 2003-2004. The expansion of 2,000 escalators during this era, however, may be the real reason for the increase in that more escalators means more opportunities for clumsy people to fall down.

Not to mention the fact that the number of incidents in 2003-2004 was still just 674 in a nation of 127 million people. If 50 million Japanese ride five escalators per day, that means a total of 91.2 billion escalator rides per year. So less than 0.0001% of escalator rides end in casualties.

Tokyo has yet to officially outlaw walking on escalators but is putting up posters warning of its dangers. The article quotes a spokesman from the Tokyo Transportation Authority who admits they have to accommodate "the people in a hurry."

That may be the case, but if Tokyo refuses to ban walking on escalators, the responsibility to stop this horrible social menace must start with each of us. Will you be able to tell your children, "I did my part to eradicate escalator-related injuries in Japan"?

http://travel.cnn.com/tokyo/none/new-danger-tokyo-walking-escalators-700854
http://www.datalounge.com/cgi-bin/iowa/ajax.html#page:showThread,12816230,1


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they are so extra

but i do both...if im not walking, i stand on the right and let the walkers go on the left
walking is more common in busier cities lol

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Lol didn't know it was that serious

I do both..depending on what's going on.
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stand when crowded, walk with ease the other times...

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I do both
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why are they makin a big deal about it? lol its moving stairs.

i do both 
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I walk and get annoyed when people block the left side. LOL  I'm usually on my way to or from work though.  I get that some people are on "vacation time" but I have places to be.  LOL  I've never had any issues or seen anyone have issues walking on the escalators.  Maybe they had a rogue person shoving.  
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I'll also take the always empty regular stairs if it's an option to avoid people. Embarrassed
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Stand, if I wanted to walk I would take the regular stairs
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In Boston escalator etiquette dictates that (especially during rush hour) you stand on the right and let people walk up on the left. If the escalator is small and u get someone who ain't walking up and causes a clog...then it is what it is. 
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