Saturday, 21 November 2009

The Fun Theory


The Swedes, in conjunction with Volvo, tried an experiment to see if they could encourage people to use the stairs rather than the escalator.


H/T to Daniel1979

10 comments:

Witterings From Witney said...

Interesting SR, well found - have a merit mark, no have two!

Seriously that just demonstrates that to dictate to people there is only one way of doing something, without providing a choice, never works. Therein lies the inherent fault of socialism!

subrosa said...

It was Dan who found it WfW so I can't take any credit.

It does indeed do that and it also shows that making a point interesting enough pays off.

Mark Wadsworth said...

Well yeah, but the escalator is for up and the stairs for down. Plus which is more expensive to install, maintain, run etc, the fancy piano or the escalator?

cynicalHighlander said...

Always use stairs if available as I prefer them its quicker. Reminds me of a local stores down escalator was broken and one had use 'lift' not a happy bunny because if there was a fire or other problem and no electricity then one was trapped. Complained to help desk that lift was unacceptable to decend and after much provaracation was escorted down the back stairs, non musical ones, with my companion after locked doors opened.

Hope it got them to rethink their safety policy in case of emergency when doing maintenance.

subrosa said...

Funny you should mention that Mark, I've just been talking to an electronics expert on Skype. The cost of the stair, if it was permanent, would possibly be slightly cheaper because the cost of an escalator, installation and maintenance is heavy.

It seems the 'piano' is built by pressure pads similar to alarms pads and they are cheap to maintain and purchase.

As I'm not technical I can't remember much of the serious detail but I can give you an email address.

Surprised you eh? lol

subrosa said...

Have seldom used a lift since I was around eight CH. Long story in a way similar to yours.

Stairs are my preference anyway because as you say they're quicker, but escalators are handy if you are carrying heavy items.

banned said...

Not much use in a critical situation like a hangover.

subrosa said...

Quite agree banned. You wouldn't want to be playing Fur Elise would you?

banned said...

That is actually my fav classical piece SR, I can even pretend to play it on guitar ( though not in public ).

subrosa said...

I don't have to play in public to get enjoyment from music either banned. An instrument, yourself and a closed door is one of the greatest stress busters I know.

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