Oct 122014

I am endlessly fascinated by the rules governing public foot transportation here, specifically escalators & stairs, particularly in the subway. We saw some of that in Tokyo too, e.g., the “Do Not Rush!” signs that so amused me. Don’t get me wrong: a lot of these rules are a good idea! I’m just not used to seeing them publicized (nor obeyed!, especially after the previous 10 years in either Ireland or Belgium).

So, how could I resist this incredibly comprehensive poster on a Seoul metro? I’ve rotated the picture so that the top of the escalator in the poster is at the top… I was on the “wrong” side to get it properly oriented.

2014-10-11 How To Ride the Escalator

In order (L to R, Top to Bottom):

  • Priority to pregnant women (&/or with children) and to old people: Not a clear message in the image, but the text (Google translate) says to give seniors and caregivers priority. OK, I’m with that.
  • This looks like “don’t beat your head against the handrail!”. Google Translate isn’t helping… I’m just getting something about open wounds. Yuck. I don’t want to be that person!
  • Don’t need to translate this — sadly, it’s been in the news about new rules specifically prohibiting taking photos up women’s dresses. Double Yuck.
  • My favorite: Do Not Rush!
  • The Red Circle of Good Behavior: Standing while holding the handrail.  Not walking.  Standing.  In big department stores, soothing voices in 3 languages advise you to stand, not walk… at least I haven’t heard that on the subway (yet).
  • Don’t drink & ride the escalator. Hmmmm… if you’re doing that, perhaps you have bigger problems than a possible escalator accident?
  • Here’s what happens to those who don’t hold the handrail. You Have Been Warned.
  • Don’t slide down the bannister (or handrail in this case). No kidding. Perhaps (see above) you’ve been drinking?
  • Get Off the Escalator. Yes! One of my pet peeves: people who stop right at the bottom of the escalator. Even more irritating than people who stop in doorways for a cozy chat — at least then you can avoid bumping into them.Bottom line?

Conclusion?  Actually these are very sensible.  OK, I don’t agree with the”don’t walk” admonition in the Red Circle, and I’m surprised they include neither “don’t sit on the steps” nor “face forward”, but those are quibbles.

Now all I have to do is find out about the figure with open wounds…

 Posted by on 12 Oct 2014

  One Response to “How to Ride the Escalator”

  1. Very funny, enjoyed that thanks.

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