Do You Stand Still on the Escalator?

At the convention I attended last week, I noticed something that strikes me as odd: A LOT of people stand still on escalators.

When I use an escalator, I treat it as an accelerated staircase, not a ride. That is, I walk up/down the stairs as normal, and since they’re moving, so I get to the top/bottom faster. It’s more efficient, and for me it’s also more fun. Fast stairs!

Usually I encounter escalators at airports, where people want to get from one place to the next. Unless an escalator is super crowded, my perception of airport escalators is that most people walk on them instead of standing still.

But that wasn’t the case at the convention. I don’t think I saw a single other person walk on the escalator. I continued to do it when no one was blocking me, but I’d often end up behind someone who wasn’t moving. It wasn’t a huge inconvenience, and it gave me this blog entry, but it did surprise me.

What’s your approach to escalators? Do you “ride” them by standing still, or do you actively walk up/down them?