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'Walk left, stand right' will stay

A Metro official said yesterday they have no intention of removing signs that encourage people to walk on the left and stand on the right of escalators.

Some people have suggested walking on escalators is not safe.

Metro official Lan Tian said many commuters are accustomed to the habit of standing on the right to allow those in a hurry to walk up escalators on the left.

"There have been no accidents associated with the so-called 'walk left, stand right' practice. But we ask people to hold the handrail whether they walk or stand," Lan said.

He added that the practice is observed in Western countries.

Some subway users said it can be dangerous when others walk quickly or run on an escalator.

"It will be dangerous to others if some walkers lose their balance and fall or there is an emergency," a resident surnamed Xu said.

Stephanie Qi disagreed.

"Leaving space for those rushing to catch their trains is so helpful," she said.

However, Li Rong, a regular Metro user, said if people are in a hurry it would be safer if they used the stairs instead of walking or running on escalators.

Meanwhile, Zhang Youde from the City Safety and Development Research Center said the walk left, stand right practice meets the needs of different people.

Zhang added manufacturers are responsible for escalator safety, not commuters.


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