Notes from the commute

Amusing personalised number plate: “AMLOST”. Heh.

One day, train commuters are going to revolt, form guerrilla groups (which have absolutely nothing to do with me) which strike in the middle of the night, putting back all the “Stand on left / Walk on right” escalator signs.

In the mean time, if you’re standing on the right on the down escalator and you hear the rapid heavy thump thump thump of footsteps coming down from behind you, I’d advise you to get out of my way, as I’m rushing for a train.

Lady with white stick and matching white iPod earphones walking down Manchester Lane. Maybe she can smell the cars coming.

Is it unmanly of me to get the umbrella out for the three-block walk from the station to work if it’s drizzling?

By Daniel Bowen

Transport blogger / campaigner and spokesperson for the Public Transport Users Association / professional geek.
Bunurong land, Melbourne, Australia.
Opinions on this blog are all mine.

7 replies on “Notes from the commute”

I would make stickers of those directions myself, except that I would be far too tempted to stick them onto offending commuters.

I don’t see why there shouldn’t be signs – the convention for which side of the escalators to stand on differs between cities (rather than by country/driving side, which I find surprising) so having some sort of guide seems helpful to me…

Dave, in previous discussions, it was suggested that these days they are reluctant to be seen to be encouraging anybody to walk on the escalators, for fear of law suits if someone falls. To my mind at least saying “Stand on left” would have a similar effect.

I have many a time been tempted to yell “KEEP LEFT UNLESS OVERTAKING!”

I do however feel sorry for infrequent PT travellers who are unaware of these rules. Whilst in London, I frequently broke the rules by accident cos I naturally stand to the left, but Londoners stand on the right – and they have no shame in venting their frustration!

I agree Daniel, I would love to see Keep Left signs. And is it just me, or are the escalators at Southern Cross much skinnier than other loop stations? I’m always copping elbows and bags as people scoot past me.

I’ve never understood why people who drive on the left can’t carry that through to walking on the footpath and standing/walking on escalators.

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