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  1. MrEricSir says:

    You had one job, VLC.

  2. It's very pretty

  3. callmenerdly says:

    I don't recall ever seeing a dual elevator setup in which the left elevator moves away while the right approaches. Wonder if this video is in reverse (does stuff look better spinning clockwise?), or if I just need to see more elevators.

    • callmenerdly says:

      Ack, I meant escalator, and maybe they have different setups in places outside of the US (like UK).

      • jwz says:

        I guess I'd assume escalators would follow the chirality of the roads, but I never thought about it!

        • Nick Lamb says:

          Most grouped escalators I can recall in the UK were set the way the video shows, which is a vote for your road chirality theory.

          I distinctly recall that Waterloo's escalator to the Bakerloo is the other way around, with the left ones moving towards you. And it's easy to find photos online of escalators in the tube system arranged in either way. But it makes sense that a tube station would be an exception because they're very space constrained yet they have this enormous peak pedestrian flow. Obeying conventions is trumped by the need to just squeeze as many people per hour through the system as possible.

          • The weird thing about escalators in the UK is despite following traffic handedness as groups, individually they follow the USA rule of "stand right, walk left". I don't get that at all.

        • Elusis says:

          At the convention center in Montreal, we found ourselves getting off an escalator, turning right twice to walk around to the next set, and then crashing into a constant stream of confused people who were trying to get on the first right-hand escalator, and in some cases being launched, staggering, back off again because it was that hard to recognize that it was running down and not up.

          Having the left/right orientation switched between floors violates one of the principle rules of escalator traffic: DON'T CROSS THE STREAMS.

          • jwz says:

            That's the second principle. The first principle, of course, is "exit through the gift shop", resulting in your next hop being as far away as possible.

        • Ben says:

          It's one of the most frustrating things about Hong Kong. It's a drive-on-the-left place, but there's no consensus on walking side, and the escalator direction is seemingly random.

          (That walk side and escalator layout is one of the most frustrating things about Hong Kong shows how well they have their shit together. If China builds out the rest of China's big cities with comparable infrastructure, the US is in trouble. Can't even build a high speed train here.)

        • margaret says:

          interestingly, the side of the hallway people walk on is not related to what side of the street they drive on. UK and japan (iirc) walk on same side as rest of europe and US. india and other parts of asia/africa walk on other side. the economist had a story on this a few years back. i was a one person walking traffic jam in india.

      • Lloyd says:

        At the old Eurostar stations in Kings Cross and Gare du Nord, escalators were reversed within the Eurostar station within the train station to welcome you to the other country, as it were. So, you'd take four or more escalators but swap sides three times (with a train ride between the middle swap, and token customs between the outer swaps) when changing countries once.

        It was really difficult finding someone to explain this to to complain.

        • Lloyd says:

          Oops. Old Eurostar at Waterloo, not Kings Cross; the current station is at St Pancras. Don't get me started on the tube.

      • Pavel Lishin says:

        I've seen left-handed escalators here in NYC, in the subways. It's maddening. I tell myself that it must be some foot-traffic control issue (most people getting on the subway need to go left, to catch the X-bound train?), but it's still annoying.

  4. gryazi says:

    This was the gender of the day on Twitter a while back.

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