Your Opinion on Escalators

April 23, 2008 at 11:59 am 1 comment

How do you feel about people who step on to the escalator and then ride it up/down? Is this machine in place to save you from walking up/down the stairs or is it there to make the task easier and quicker by still walking while it moves?

Do the same rules apply to people-movers you see in airports?


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  • 1. Richard  |  April 23, 2008 at 2:23 pm

    Escalators are meant to be ridden. In fact, if there are other people on the escalator you should only attempt to bypass them when someone is chasing you through the mall with a gun. There are two non-emergency conditions when it is ok to walk or run on an escalator: 1. the escalator must be empty. 2. you must travel in the opposite direction of the escalator. If you are in such a big hurry, look for the stairs. Many places with escalators offer both.

    The same rules do not apply for people movers. For one, they are wider and accommodate two persons of average stature to pass shoulder to shoulder. Second, the people movers in airports are usually marked with a “walk” and “stand” lane. If lanes are not marked, it is up to the standing rider to be aware of waking riders coming up from the rear. It is wrong to stand in the walk lane. Those people need to be knocked down.


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