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June 15, 2004 12:01 AM

Broken: Czech escalator sign

Michal Altair Valasek writes:

I saw these signs in a subway in Prague, Czech Republic.

The left sign says: "The escalator is started automatically by stepping on

The right sign says: "No entry to a stopped escalator."


No, the one on the right surely means "No pageant winners allowed on the escalator". :)

Posted by: Chris Law at June 15, 2004 07:57 AM

I think the real problem is that its written in Czech. I mean come one, who speaks Czech!

Posted by: Patrick at June 15, 2004 08:56 AM

If this is broken, think about the moron who gets on the UP elevator at the top?

Posted by: Martin Kuplens-Ewart at June 15, 2004 09:02 AM

To Patrick: I don't see anything wrong on sign in Czech language in the Czech republic :)

Posted by: Altair at June 15, 2004 09:18 AM

In London we have a convention of walking on the left of an escalator, and standing on the right.

I was therefore trying to decipher the images with what side should I stand/walk on.

But even with the explanation I'm more confused, if an escalator is started by stepping on it, surely it's stopped before it starts?

Posted by: Liam Delahunty at July 8, 2004 06:30 AM

:-D Yes, I know this signs. Simply, you have to die in the underground.

Posted by: Martin Kopta at August 16, 2004 11:58 AM

The green sign means GO, the red sign means STOP - a lot of escalators in at least Germany are able to go both ways, depending on how they're switched. So, if you walk towards the escalator and see the red sign (which is usually clearly visible), it will not go in your direction, if it shows the green sign with an arrow, you're good to go.

I included a few links:

See the light on the right side? That's either the Go or Stop light.

Here another example

and another


Posted by: Linn at August 29, 2004 01:34 AM

Yes, Martin is right.

These signs are description of color lights on escalators.

Look here:

Posted by: Eso at April 15, 2005 09:57 AM

I´m from Czech republic and I don´t see a mistake at this board :) Bye

Posted by: Barbora at April 23, 2006 11:18 PM

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