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Old 13-12-2018, 04:03 AM   #1
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Pedestrians should always keep left to maintain order on the streets.

Pedestrians should always keep left to maintain order on the streets
(Cars drive on the left side of the road in Singapore BTW)


(Just like when using the SMRT escalators), so that there can be safe and orderly use of public paths and PMDs users can safely overtake pedestrians en route instead of causing a mini traffic jam/ miscommunication accidents because pedestrians and PMD (Personal mobility devices) users do not know which side to take (like deer in headlights) whenever passing each other by.

SMRT escalators:



Many more will be using PMD like bicycles and e-scooters and even e-wheelchairs for transport/ work like food/parcel delivery services, elderly persons with amputations/ weak knees also need space so that their e-wheelchairs can pass/ overtake. It is important for pedestrians to be considerate and keep to the left at all times and not walk in a zig zag fashion or be engrossed with handphone texting or listen to loud music in earphones whilst walking.

Singaporeans need to learn to care and share more with each other and not adopt the entitlement mentality wherever they go.



Grange Road crossing at Orchard Road, towards 313 Somerset:

Now enhanced with sign board:


Outram MRT, (signs n floor markings insufficient, need temporary barriers as well):

Buona Vista MRT interchange, permanent barriers installed :


Bishan MRT:



First written December 2017, this is an improved version. This one is retrievable at https://forums.hardwarezone.com.sg/current-affairs-lounge-17/pedestrians-should-always-keep-left-maintain-order-streets-5953640.html#post118080201

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Old 15-12-2018, 02:23 PM   #2
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People being people will sometimes anyhow walk.

Live and let live
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Old 18-02-2019, 02:33 PM   #3
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Agreed but knowing ppl they love to just break the rules
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Old 18-02-2019, 02:33 PM   #4
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Besides why go left when you can be right
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Old 06-03-2019, 11:23 AM   #5
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I definitely agree on this, and have been hoping to see something done to educate the people, especially when some paths are simply too narrow and they are used by bicycles and escooters as well.

This is for safety reasons.
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Old 23-03-2019, 10:55 PM   #6
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[] An interesting perspective by an engineering prof
Escalator etiquette: Should I stand or walk for an efficient ride?
https://theconversation.com/escalato...nt-ride-112287
Lesley Strawderman, Professor of Industrial & Systems Engineering, Mississippi State University USA
Love them or hate them, traffic laws exist to keep people safe and to help vehicles flow smoothly. And while they aren’t legally enforceable, pedestrian traffic also tends to follow its own set of unwritten rules. Most pedestrians use walking etiquette as a way to minimize discomfort – “Oops! Sorry to bump you!” – and to improve efficiency – “I want to get there faster!”
Without even thinking about it, you probably abide by the common pedestrian traffic rule that faster walkers should move to the inside of a path while slower walkers gravitate to the outside. In the United States, this aligns with street traffic rules, where vehicles pass on the left, while slower vehicles stay in the right lane of the road. This approach to passing leads to the formation of pedestrian lanes of traffic. While they’re not painted on sidewalks like they are on roadways, these functional lanes can help pedestrians move more comfortably and quickly. Human systems engineers like me know that pedestrian lanes emerge naturally in crowded environments.
Within the built environment, designers have used different techniques to encourage particular pedestrian traffic patterns. One example is signs that encourage pedestrians to “stand to the right” on escalators. Riders will use the right half of the step if they are standing and the left half if they’re walking (or running!) to reach the end of the escalator. But do two lanes of pedestrian traffic on an escalator actually help you reach your destination more quickly? Should there be a walking lane and a standing lane, or should both lanes be used for standing only? One study reported that 74.9% of pedestrians choose to stand on the escalator instead of walking. Should an entire lane of the escalator be left open for a small, impatient proportion of the crowd?
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Engineers consider a lot of pedestrians in one area a high-density crowd. In these situations, pedestrians tend to walk much slower than when in a low-density or open space. This slower pace is caused by both a lack of space, as well as the need for each pedestrian to make more decisions – should I speed up? Slow down? Pass this person? Just wait? The overwhelming number of small decisions can lead to pedestrians behaving like those around them. This literally go-with-the-flow mentality makes walking less mentally fatiguing.
So when people approach an escalator, they’ll often just do what the person immediately ahead of them is doing. If the person in front of them walks, they walk. If the person in front of them stands, they stand. All it takes is someone to start the trend.
Stand on both sides of the escalator. The others will follow. Counterintuitive as it may seem, this one change will help everyone get to the destination faster, especially when things are crowded.
Read on...

[] Interestingly and apparently, commuters in Tokyo stand on one side but commuters in Osaka stand on the other side
Fortunately Tokyo and Osaka are more than 500 km apart so only the tourists who visit both cities may find it odd.
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