06 Apr '17, 5pm

Should you stand or walk on the escalator?

Should you stand or walk on the escalator?

Back at the end of 2015, the Transport for London (TfL) — the agency that oversees public transit in the city and cautions everyone to mind the gap — decided to disrupt the natural order of things for three weeks and instructed hurried London commuters going up and out of Holborn Tube Station (about a 77-foot journey) if they could stand on both sides of escalator. As this Guardian article about the experiment points out , this is a huge violation of British social norms, and the Brits do really love their social norms. Knowing that, TfL planted folks in the walking path on the left and asked any couples in the queue to stand next to each other and hold hands, all the better to thwart walkers.

Full article: http://www.mnn.com/green-tech/transportation/stories/shou...

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