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Old 07-28-2013, 12:46 PM   #21
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Moving walkways can be used by standing or walking on them.
I sometimes stop on them. I am not in a hurry. I allow myself plenty of time when traveling to avoid stressing myself.

If you are in a hurry, you don't have to use the walkway - use the corridor.
Why can't you just exhibit a little courtesy to those who are in a rush and stand to the right if you are not walking, leaving the left lane for those rushing to catch a plane or otherwise in a hurry?

If I'm not in a hurry I just stroll down the corridor or if I do use the walkway I stand to the right and leave the left lane for those in a rush.
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Why can't you just exhibit a little courtesy to those who are in a rush and stand to the right if you are not walking, leaving the left lane for those rushing to catch a plane or otherwise in a hurry?

If I'm not in a hurry I just stroll down the corridor or if I do use the walkway I stand to the right and leave the left lane for those in a rush.
I DO have that courtesy and stand on the right. My reply was to somebody who questioned why people have to stop on the moving walkway, as if that is not allowed.
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I DO have that courtesy and stand on the right. My reply was to somebody who questioned why people have to stop on the moving walkway, as if that is not allowed.
Then I apologize. The tone of the last line of your post seemed to me to be unsympathetic to those in a hurry. I guess I missed the post inferring that stopping on the moving walkway should not be allowed.

In many of the places I have seen them there is signage asking people who are standing to stay to the right.
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Here in the DC area, the locals all know the drill: to the right if you want to stand, to the left if you're walking. Tourists in the Metro are obvious in many ways, especially when they exhibit their lack of escalator etiquette. Usually a polite but firm "excuse me" will take care of the problem.
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Living in small-town Wisconsin i've rarely even see an escalator let alone used one. I've always thought of them as lazy-person stairs but realize they may be needed for elderly or disabled people. I've never even thought about walking on an escalator. I thought the whole point was to not have to walk? I would assume anyone behind me is standing in place just as I am but if they asked nicely i'd have no problem moving so they can pass. I naturally tend to stand to the right in any such situation but had no idea it was a "rule".
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How to ride an escalator is probably a more complex topic than many of us think.

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My reply was to somebody who questioned why people have to stop on the moving walkway, as if that is not allowed.
I understand it is allowed, I just don't get the reasoning behind it since when trying to get from point A to point B my instinct is to continue walking at a normal pace when the opportunity presents itself.

Otherwise why not occasionally stop and stand in place even when there is no moving walkway? Resume walking later, you'll get there eventually.
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If everyone stopped on the escalator (or moving walkway) the maximum flow rate of people would be constrained by the velocity of the escalator or moving walkway. When people walk or climb on the escalator or walkway, they achieve a velocity equal to their walking speed plus the speed of the escalator. The net effect is to reduce the flow constraints and the chances of a backlog. It is often assumed that people who wish to walk could so so in the stairway or corridor, but often the alternative route (shunt) does not exist.

Disclaimer: I am not an engineer, but I have worked with flow problems.
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Lately I have been avoiding elevators and moving walkways and trying to move myself more . I did think they were designed to assist those who have trouble climbing stairs and walking long distances more than to help us move faster, which most of us use them for now.
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I stand to the right as a courtesy to those who want to move faster than me. Rarely do these people have a time constraint, they just have a pace that is quicker than mine. Many times these people have an aura of stress about them which makes me feel sorry for them.
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I have the same problem with elevators. I can't believe the way people just stand there.
They should be climbing the walls of the elevators to get there faster.
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They should be climbing the walls of the elevators to get there faster.
Jumping up and down.
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I stand with my back to the door and stare at everyone. Try that all the way to the top of the Sear's Tower some time. It's a hoot.
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When there are both conventional stairs and escalators available, common in Chicago, escalator-walkers should take the conventional stairs and sprint up or down. Minimum time standards should be posted and those failing to meet the requirements should be placed in a training program until they can.
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I use the escalator every day at lunchtime (no stairs there). It isn't really wide enough for two people to comfortably pass, so everyone just stands their ground and it works great! In my opinion escalators are dangerous enough that people really shouldn't be trying to shove through at max speed anyway, unless they are made double-wide. Airport moving walkways are a different matter, though. They're made for walking.

My beef is with those who enter an elevator, press the button for their floor, and then press the "Door Close" button. Or the guy who presses the "Door Close" button as soon as someone gets off the elevator without looking to see if anyone else is getting on. Every few weeks I get smacked on the shoulders by closing elevator doors because of one of those "can't wait or be bothered to look if anyone else is coming" jerks.
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The proper thing to do is to shove those people out of the elevator if they are not moving fast enough .
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I understand it is allowed, I just don't get the reasoning behind it since when trying to get from point A to point B my instinct is to continue walking at a normal pace when the opportunity presents itself.

Otherwise why not occasionally stop and stand in place even when there is no moving walkway? Resume walking later, you'll get there eventually.
Apparently you have never experienced knee, hip, or heart surgery. Live and learn.
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How to ride an escalator is probably a more complex topic than many of us think.

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