W SHON LAIRD
JANUARY 12, 2017
I am writing in response to Mr Timothy Tang’s letter, “Rushing on escalators a bad habit that should be discouraged” (Jan 10), where he mentions that moving quickly on the steps of escalators is stressful to the joints, and should be avoided by those with weak legs. And the practice of keeping left on escalators to clear a path for those who wish to move faster should be reconsidered.
However, my opinion is that walking on escalators is good for you.
I am encouraged to exercise vigorously for a few minutes several times a day, and since I have a desk-bound job, the escalators at MRT stations and malls serve to keep me active to a small degree — exercising my heart, legs and lungs. Surely, this is better than standing still on the moving steps?
[You know what would be even better? Taking the FREAKING STAIRS, YOU LAZY EXCUSE MAKING ASS!]
In Sweden, they turned a staircase [Note: Staircase. Not Escalator. Lazy ass!] into a giant working piano keyboard, so that people can make musical notes while moving up and down, promoting exercise. In Singapore, then, our modern transport network could not possibly be actively encouraging inertia?
My body was tested to the extreme last week on the Holborn, the undergound line in central London. There were four long escalators with a vertical height of 24m to reach street level.
A 2002 study on the London Underground’s escalators found that the standing-only side of an escalator can carry a maximum of 54 people per minute, while the walking side can carry a maximum of 66 people per minute.
A further report found that brain age improves by 0.58 years in individuals who climb at least one extra flight of stairs a day [Again, "stairs" not "escalator", lazy ass!] — perhaps not relevant in my advancing years. To those on the escalators, please keep to the left (or right, if you are in London) as I whizz past — do not stand in the way of (my health’s) progress.
[So if you are going to the gym, do you take the escalator or the stairs in the picture above?
Below, the letter he was replying to.]
Rushing on escalators a bad habit that should be discouraged
JANUARY 10, 2017
The practice of keeping left on escalators to clear a path for those who wish to move faster should be reconsidered. Rushing on escalators is a bad habit and should not be encouraged.
Keeping left can cause unnecessary crowding at the entrance of escalators, while standing on both sides can ease the congestion.
Rushing on escalators can also put other commuters at risk if someone falls. It can also cause escalators to wear out more easily from the impact. Why not be more punctual, rather than rush up and down?
Walking down steps is also stressful for the joints, and should be avoided by those with weak legs. Even world-class tennis players suffer from joint pain due to overuse of their joints.
We should take our time and not rush, especially on shopping mall escalators, where we are supposed to relax.