People in UK and US and other places stand on the right hand side of the escalator and walk on the left? I believe, correct me if I am wrong, that we do the opposite in Australia.
When driving we overtake on the right, so that is what we do on escalators. I can understand the people of right hand car drive countries such as the US doing that on escalators, but UK?
I am quite puzzled by this.
You can always pick the Bayswater types in the city for whatever, no offence to Bayswater folk....ah too late. They always stand on the right side of the escalator and block any walking.
While I am talking about escalators, I reminded of what a workmate told me when he saw another workmate at a shopping centre. This chap was clearly not used to escalators and was very hesitant to board. Sweat was on his brow and his face pale. He made a couple of false starts and then made a leap and got on board.
It is weird for us who are so used to them, but if you were not, I suppose they could be intimidating.
Just venting, as seems to be the modern term, there are too many people in Melbourne City. I cannot walk along the street at a reasonable pace anymore. I just constantly get tangled up with people. I don't think I walk particularly fast, perhaps I do, but everyone gets in my way. I have learnt to follow a fat assed chick who is walking at a good pace, and she clears the way for me, or I walk on the road.
Back to escalators. They can be dangerous. I recall back in the mid eighties when we were doing christmas shopping at Chadstone. It was very busy and there was a big build up of people at the bottom of the escalator. People were being fed down via the escalator but they were not clearing at the base. It was actually getting quite dangerous with people piling up on people but then I think someone hit the stop button. No big problem for us fit twenty years olds who could scramble over the top of grandmothers and spastics, but not great if you were less fit.