Some time ago, I wrote about the disappearance of “Walk Left, Stand Right” on TTC escalators and the cock-and-bull story the TTC puts out on why such an unusual burst of efficiency was launched to remove all of these overnight.
The latest installment in this saga is a new brochure that has shown up on TTC vehicles called the Escalator Safety Guide. Notable by its absence in this guide is any reference to walking on escalators. Indeed, we are told:
Escalator steps are not the correct height for normal walking and should not be used in that manner. The risk of tripping and falling is greatly increased.
I would have more faith in this statement if the escalators I use regularly were actually running. In many locations, walking to an alternate route either requires a considerable detour, or the available stairs are incapable of handling the demand in both directions. People walk on escalators whether they are stopped or running, and the TTC should get used to it.
Later, the brochure goes on, in the best TTC tradition, to blame customers for all of their problems:
Many escalator incidents are due to: falls, resulting from the rider losing balance; entrapment in the mechanics of escalators caused by clothing, footwear or suitcases; and use of mobility devices or strollers.
Strollers and the like are supposed to use the elevators, if you can find one, and it’s working that day.
But bless the TTC. One of their great traditions is the preservation of old signs, and they even manage to do this online. There is an Escalator Safety Poster (I passed FIVE of them leaving Broadview Station) linked from the Safety page on their website.
The third bullet, complete with illustration, is “Stand Right”!