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Topic: Do you stand or walk up Escalators?
Posted By: tatee
Subject: Do you stand or walk up Escalators?
Date 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 http://travel.cnn.com/author/w-david-marx" rel="nofollow - 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 http://www.flickr.com/photos/theeruditefrog/" rel="nofollow - theeruditefrog )

According to http://sankei.jp.msn.com/life/trend/100306/trd1003061617012-n1.htm" rel="nofollow - 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 http://www.n-elekyo.or.jp/" rel="nofollow - 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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Posted By: femmefatale85
Date Posted: May 07 2014 at 12:52pm
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



Posted By: Meme0887
Date Posted: May 07 2014 at 12:55pm
Lol didn't know it was that serious

I do both..depending on what's going on.


Posted By: KottonKandy
Date Posted: May 07 2014 at 12:58pm
stand when crowded, walk with ease the other times...



Posted By: niecy
Date Posted: May 07 2014 at 12:58pm
I do both


Posted By: Lady ICE
Date Posted: May 07 2014 at 12:59pm
why are they makin a big deal about it? lol its moving stairs.

i do both 


Posted By: JasmineE02
Date Posted: May 07 2014 at 12:59pm
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.  


Posted By: JasmineE02
Date Posted: May 07 2014 at 1:01pm
I'll also take the always empty regular stairs if it's an option to avoid people. Embarrassed


Posted By: Journey94
Date Posted: May 07 2014 at 1:06pm
Stand, if I wanted to walk I would take the regular stairs


Posted By: newdiva1
Date Posted: May 07 2014 at 1:06pm
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. 


Posted By: thickblkbarbie
Date Posted: May 07 2014 at 1:34pm
Stand, I am afraid i will trip and scuff my knees, or shoe lace will get caught


Posted By: noneyons
Date Posted: May 07 2014 at 1:50pm
one of my pet peeves. 

I'm ascared of escalators so I stand and hold onto the railings for dear life. But I only take escalators when I have a roller bag. Otherwise I take the stairs and that's exactly what all the other anxious assholes need to do.


Posted By: Brjasuga51
Date Posted: May 07 2014 at 1:50pm
run..walk ..stand...depends on my timing to go somewhere


Posted By: Immie89
Date Posted: May 07 2014 at 1:56pm
I almost always walk up quickly, if I'm carrying a lot than I stand 


Posted By: Mixer
Date Posted: May 07 2014 at 1:58pm
http://gifrific.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/Woman-Falls-Off-Wheelchair-on-Escalator-Boston.gif


Posted By: Lady ICE
Date Posted: May 07 2014 at 2:02pm
i hate that gif.


Posted By: Mixer
Date Posted: May 07 2014 at 2:03pm
http://gifrific.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/Woman-Falls-Off-Wheelchair-on-Escalator-Boston.gif


Posted By: fckwitmeuknoigotit
Date Posted: May 07 2014 at 2:03pm

i typically walk up the escalator, tbh. only time i don't walk is if there is a white  person behind me and i can tell they're in a hurry. i'm so petty



Posted By: AmiliaCabral
Date Posted: May 07 2014 at 2:07pm
Stand. If I wanted to walk I'd take the stairs.


Posted By: PurplePhase
Date Posted: May 07 2014 at 2:09pm
walk fast
and I don't touch anything either lol (like those yucky handrails.)


Posted By: Mixer
Date Posted: May 07 2014 at 2:10pm
Originally posted by PurplePhase PurplePhase wrote:

walk fast
and I don't touch anything either lol (like those yucky handrails.)
That does sound like you.LOL


Posted By: NuAttitude
Date Posted: May 07 2014 at 2:26pm
Originally posted by Mixer Mixer wrote:

http://gifrific.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/Woman-Falls-Off-Wheelchair-on-Escalator-Boston.gif
 
You know what though....you have some crazy people here in the city that will attempt to go up the escalator in a w/c.  It's bad enough when it's rush hour that people want to use the escalator with baby strollers that are as big as SUV's.  I'm like....fo real......really?!  I normally just step to the right and let the others run up and/or down the left of me.  That's the city way of traffic flow.....


Posted By: Benni
Date Posted: May 07 2014 at 4:27pm
If space permits, I do both.


Posted By: JasmineE02
Date Posted: May 08 2014 at 12:29am


Posted By: Meme0887
Date Posted: May 08 2014 at 12:37am


Posted By: f8dagrate
Date Posted: May 08 2014 at 1:44am


Posted By: bindy
Date Posted: May 08 2014 at 4:34am
Originally posted by Meme0887 Meme0887 wrote:

LOL


Posted By: bindy
Date Posted: May 08 2014 at 4:37am
elevator old guy Old Guy Falls Up an Escalator


Posted By: bindy
Date Posted: May 08 2014 at 4:41am
33 GIFs From 2013 That Will Make You Laugh Every Time


Posted By: HeyBeautiful18
Date Posted: May 08 2014 at 7:59am
I stand. And them hop/jump over that last step. Just because


Posted By: Lady ICE
Date Posted: May 08 2014 at 8:56am
Originally posted by JasmineE02 JasmineE02 wrote:

 LOLLOLLOL


Posted By: Ds2nice
Date Posted: May 08 2014 at 9:18am
Walking up the escalators occurs more in busy cities or during rush hour.   Standing on the left side in the NYC Port Authority station during rush hour will probably get your a$$  trampled over or stabbed. 


Posted By: tatee
Date Posted: May 08 2014 at 9:35am

DC Mythbusting: Stand to the Right!

http://www.flickr.com/photos/29015476@N04/3657044311" rel="nofollow">Photo courtesy of
http://www.flickr.com/photos/29015476@N04/3657044311" rel="nofollow - ‘Stand on the right?’
courtesy of http://www.flickr.com/people/29015476@N04/" rel="nofollow - ‘karthikkito’

It’s probably the number one gripe about tourists: they stand on both sides of the escalators on Metro, blocking the left side that is generally understood to be for walking.  We Washingtonians understand that you stand to the right and walk on the left– there are even http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=56565178711" rel="nofollow - Facebook groups and http://www.cafepress.com/standright" rel="nofollow - t-shirts supporting the concept – but there are no formal signs on or near the escalators that say so.  Why not?  Rumors range from the theory that having people walk on one side and stand on the other leads to an unequal balance of weight and causes escalators to break down more frequently, or the theory that Metro doesn’t want to formally endorse a ‘stand right/walk left’ policy for liability and safety reasons.  But what’s the real reason there aren’t signs telling tourists to stand to the right?

It’s complicated.  WMATA Spokesperson Ron Holzer says that Metro recommends that all “riders stand and hold the hand rail as the safest way to go up and down and enjoy the ride”, as this is what escalators were meant to do.  Escalator steps weren’t intended for walking, and they are taller than typical stairs, which increases the risk of tripping or being injured.  Mr. Holzer says simply, “People shouldn’t walk on moving escalators.” That gives us Reason #1: It’s safer to stand still on escalators.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/92234208@N00/4127538529" rel="nofollow">Photo courtesy of
http://www.flickr.com/photos/92234208@N00/4127538529" rel="nofollow - ‘i have an escalator problem.’
courtesy of http://www.flickr.com/people/92234208@N00/" rel="nofollow - ‘volcanojw’

That being said, Metro has unofficially endorsed the ‘stand right/walk left’ philosophy.   http://dcist.com/2006/05/02/add_one_more_wo.php" rel="nofollow - They posted signs about “escalefters” back in 2006 and http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/08/10/AR2007081002350.html" rel="nofollow - ran announcements saying “You’ll notice that most people stand on the right side” of escalators starting in 2007 .  But why haven’t they posted simple signs on the escalators themselves?  Wouldn’t that be the easiest way to clue visitors in to the unofficial policy?

Yes, but don’t hold your breath for ‘stand right/walk left’ signs to pop up on escalators anytime soon.  Despite the fact that http://www.wmata.com/community_outreach/lunchtalk_online_chats/transcript.cfm?ChatID=3" rel="nofollow - Dan Tangherlini supported the idea of signs in June 2006 , and http://www.wmata.com/community_outreach/lunchtalk_online_chats/transcript.cfm?ChatID=2" rel="nofollow - Metro said they were working with local jurisdictions to post the signs in May 2006 , they still haven’t appeared in stations.  And that’s because of Reason #2: Signs on escalators violate US safety codes.   http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/08/10/AR2007081002350_2.html" rel="nofollow - According to the Washington Post , “the national safety code for elevators and escalators does not allow non-cautionary signs to be posted within 10 feet of an escalator.”

http://www.flickr.com/photos/40387604@N00/1299841659" rel="nofollow">Photo courtesy of
http://www.flickr.com/photos/40387604@N00/1299841659" rel="nofollow - ‘Escalefter’
courtesy of http://www.flickr.com/people/40387604@N00/" rel="nofollow - ‘kendrickhang’

Since there will be no official signs coming anytime soon, what’s the best way to inform tourists about this DC custom? Let’s say your train is pulling into the station, but tourists who don’t know any better are blocking your way down the escalator to catch that train.  In this case, it’s probably ok to politely say “excuse me” and inch around them.  And maybe it’s alright to mention to a chaperon of 20 escalefting children that it’s customary to stand to the right and walk on the left of Metro escalators.  But really, we should probably all stop being so Type-A about this and relax– the tourists don’t know they’re doing anything wrong, and Metro can’t post signs about the issue.  So your choices are to politely mention the ‘stand right/walk left’ philosophy to escalefting tourists (and risk being seen as an impatient big-city jackass), or just relax and enjoy the ride.

http://www.welovedc.com/2010/07/20/dc-mythbusting-stand-to-the-right/



Posted By: jonesable
Date Posted: May 08 2014 at 9:37am
Never even occurred to me to walk while on a escalator until recently.

The first time I was on one was when me and my scholars bowl team went to New York and there was one in the hotel.

One of us left something in the room so we went to get it.
We tried walking up but were getting no where.
Our dumbasses took the wrong escalator.

I know the locals thought we were country bums


Posted By: coconess
Date Posted: May 08 2014 at 9:39am
woooooooow jones… 


Posted By: coconess
Date Posted: May 08 2014 at 9:40am
to answer the question though it depends on if im in a rush 



Posted By: Bonjour baby ooowee
Date Posted: May 08 2014 at 9:56am
I sit down might seem awkward but it's fun


Posted By: jonesable
Date Posted: May 08 2014 at 9:58am
Leave me alone Coco I was 15 lol.

That still sounds bad but it was our first time


Posted By: carolina cutie
Date Posted: May 08 2014 at 11:32am
I stand.

If I wanted exercise, I'd go take the stairs.


Posted By: Wildfire
Date Posted: May 08 2014 at 12:55pm
Originally posted by Lady ICE Lady ICE wrote:

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

i do both 


I know right?
Dumb.
I dont see the point of walking on an escalator. I also dislike them. 


Posted By: Wildfire
Date Posted: May 08 2014 at 12:56pm
Originally posted by thickblkbarbie thickblkbarbie wrote:

Stand, I am afraid i will trip and scuff my knees, or shoe lace will get caught

this is me. I could never walk/run. Scary. takes me like 10 seconds to find the "right" step before i get on...i know, i know


Posted By: jonesable
Date Posted: May 08 2014 at 12:58pm
I'm with you WF.
When it's time to get off I have to time my step lol


Posted By: Wildfire
Date Posted: May 08 2014 at 1:04pm
^^OMG...me too...LOL.i went overseas, and couldn't find regular stairs/elevators anywhere...i was forced to get on them damn things all day everyday. I still couldn't get over the lump in my throat whenever we approached one.


Posted By: tatee
Date Posted: May 08 2014 at 1:05pm
https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=man+killed+escalator&oq=man+killed+escalator" rel="nofollow - https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=man+killed+escalator&oq=man+killed+escalator


Posted By: Ds2nice
Date Posted: May 08 2014 at 1:16pm
Its very similar to driving on the highway.  Your far left lane is the fast lane and if you are moving slow in this lane, you need to move to the right lane and let other cars pass.  Unfortunately, a lot of people do not understand this concept and persistently block lanes.
 
This issue matters to people when they are in a rush.   Walking up the stairs takes up more time then walking up an escalator.  When you are trying to catch a bus or train, every second counts.


Posted By: PurplePhase
Date Posted: May 08 2014 at 1:18pm
Originally posted by carolina cutie carolina cutie wrote:

I stand.

If I wanted exercise, I'd go take the stairs.


lol. this is my reason for walking them


Posted By: PurplePhase
Date Posted: May 08 2014 at 1:20pm
when I worked near a MD Metro station, it used to be so funny to watch  people come running up to the escalator to get to the train; hop on escalator, and just stand. The funny part would be that the escalator was turned off at certain times of the day. We'd watch to see how long it took them to realize the stairs weren't moving and start walking the escalator steps . Sometimes it would take a while lol.


Posted By: JasmineE02
Date Posted: May 08 2014 at 1:24pm
My fitbit encourages me to take as many steps as possible. LOL  


Posted By: bigsexylisa
Date Posted: May 08 2014 at 4:12pm
I will do both, depending on my mood, and how long the escalator is.  Generally, in the afternoons I walk til I get to a stationary person and then just stand.  If there is no one standing, I'll just keep walking.  On my "eff it" days, I'm riding all the way up.  


Posted By: Mixer
Date Posted: May 08 2014 at 4:26pm
I started a nightmare in this thread.Sleepy


Posted By: sweet_n_stuff04
Date Posted: May 08 2014 at 4:37pm
Originally posted by Wildfire Wildfire wrote:

^^OMG...me too...LOL.i went overseas, and couldn't find regular stairs/elevators anywhere...i was forced to get on them damn things all day everyday. I still couldn't get over the lump in my throat whenever we approached one.


That reminds me of when I went to a mall and they had the escalators with no steps; it was just the slanted version of a moving walkway at an airport.
I was holding on to the sides for dear lifeLOL



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