@22 I don't think you get to play the victim card when you've called anyone who doesn't agree with your choices a "lazy slob."
And your anecdotal percentages (nearly everyone already and automatically stands on the right) seems to fly in the face of the arguments made by others on this thread...and in threads on many articles about escalator etiquette, which makes it seem like it is a terribly problem caused by supposedly terrible people.
Again, all I'm pointing out is that science is proving that commonly held beliefs about escalator etiquette are incorrect and inefficient...and injurious.
Japan, in response significant and increasing numbers of escalator injuries, is actively working to stop people from walking on escalators:
@21 That escalator wasn't built just for me. That escalator was built to efficiently and safely move large numbers of people...and the best way for it to do that is for people to ride, standing, side-by-side...rather than leaving half of it empty for the minority of people who might want to ignore the inherent design of the machine by walking on it.
Expecting that half of the escalator not to be used just for your personal preference is selfish and makes things demonstrably worse for the majority. And your question about what choice might move me--just me, not everyone--faster is further proof of self-involved thinking.
Maybe that's the American way...or the capitalist way. It's certainly not a civilized way of thinking.
To humor you, though...if I was in such a rush that the efficiency of an escalator isn't enough, I'd take the stairs--which are meant to be walked on, compared to escalators which are not.