In Melbourne CBD’s Flinders Street Station, there are escalators and stairs to get to and fro train platforms. Whether it’s rush hour or not, at least 90% of passengers who get off the train will leave the platform via the escalators. Even if it’s terribly crowded, people would queue up to get on the escalator. People who prefer to wait on the escalator would stand on the left side, while people who are rushing for time will walk or even run up the escalator on the right side. The escalators on the platforms are usually chock-full of people trying to get on the escalator to leave the platform.
All the while, there’s a flight of stairs RIGHT NEXT TO THE ESCALATOR. And it’s hardly used.
It’s funny how most people would rather queue up to get on the escalator than to walk up the stairs of the same distance to leave the platform. They would rather wait in line to get on the escalator than use the stairs (often during rush hour, the queue can get pretty long). I’m not talking about the elderly, pregnant women or those who have trouble getting up the stairs. I’m talking about fit young men and women who would rather queue up to get on the escalator, wait to reach the top and then run to leave the train station.
It’s a interesting observation how adverse people are to walking up a flight of stairs or two. I know, because I used to be one of them.
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