Thursday, April 8, 2021

To Walk or Not?

Walking or standing still on the escalator? With so many train stations and shopping areas, there are many escalators in Japan. Frequently this issue is in the news.  Finally, one prefecture is doing something about it!  

This is the situation -- People are busy and need to get to work or to catch a connecting train so they want to move quickly up or down the escalator. Others want to stand still. Depending on where in Japan you are, the standers stand on the right or the left and the walkers (sometimes runners) move on the other side. SoraNews24 reported that there were 775 escalator accidents in Japan last year, half of which were caused by not standing still and not holding the railing. 

On March 26th, Saitama Precture (which borders Tokyo) passed an ordinance forbidding walking on escalators.  This goes into effect in October. I don't know if there will be a penalty for walking after the ordinance goes into effect. 

I live in a slower area and don't feel the need to walk on the escalator, even when I go to a city. In addition, as a foreigner, I need to be on my best behavior and not do anything that could cause an accident or annoy someone. What is it like where you live?  Is walking on the escalator okay?  Do you do it?


Queeniepatch said...

It is very common in Sweden to walk up the escalator, but ride down. Some see it as physical training!
I would never do it as I feel it is unsafe, I also try to hold on to the handrail for safety, although the rubber handle often feels grubby.
In Japan I follow the same principle - unless I am late, I hear the train approaching the platform and there are no other people on the escalator.

Jeanie said...

I'm rarely in places with escalators but I always stand and on the right. I don't understand why someone has to hurry that much!

Vireya said...

In Melbourne you stand on the left, walk on the right. I used to got to work near an underground station with very long escalators, so got my morning exercise climbing all the way up. I think from memory it took me close to 200 steps to get up to ground level.

I feel lazy if I stand still, although I sometimes do it anyway.

Shami Immanuel said...

I will not. I have not seen people walking on escalators in my place. But there are still people afraid of getting into the escalator including my mother in law.

Leonore Winterer said...

We have an inofficial 'stand on the right, walk on the left' rule here, but I usually keep still on the escalator!