Walk Left, Ride Right
If you haven’t heard of the stand right, walk left rule for escalators, I’m here to school you on it! The way it works is if you are walking up or down the escalator, stay to the left. And for the people standing, get out of the walker’s way by staying to the right. This rule applies to every single escalator from the metro and the grocery store, to the airport.
If you want to stand on the right, by all means. This means if you’re with a group that wants to ride, you must stand in a single file line so the walkers can pass. You can go without holding you boo’s hand for 30 seconds while taking the ride. Please, don’t disrupt the traffic flow by standing where you should be walking, causing a back up of people trying to get to important places.
Now, for the walkers. Be polite to the people standing on the left because they might not know the rule. Try not to push them down the escalator so you can make it to the metro that is about to pull away. Politely excuse them and you too can school them on the rule!
Hold Onto The Hand Rail
Do like your mother told you and use the hand rail. You never know if you’ll get cut off or the escalator will malfunction. Yes, the hand rails are disgusting, so wash your hands or use anti bacteria wipes to clean up. It’s for your safety. Falling on an escalator will mess you up!
Seriously, don’t! You don’t want to be the one to block the riders causing the ultimate domino effect. Step off to the side and get out of the way to let others pass you. Move out of the way!
Don’t Cross Over Without Looking
When you entered onto the escalator you chose a side. If you want to go from the standing to the walking side, look behind you to see if someone is walking up on you. Cutting people off is a great way to get those ugly looks or get hurt. So, check your mirrors before you merge into the other lane.
Image is Helen Tseng’s illustration.