1Shanty Town Escalator
With the installation of a giant outdoor escalator, their journey was cut from 35-minutes to just six.
Grateful residents say, "it is a dream come true." The escalator is 1,260 feet long, but is divided into six sections so people living on all parts of the hillside have easy access to it. (Source)
So, the city became the first in the world to have a lift specially designed to help cyclists travel uphill. The first prototype was installed in 1993. Since then, it's become a popular tourist attraction that's powered more than 200,000 cyclists up a 130-meter hill, with no accidents recorded.
The original lift was dismantled in 2012, and replaced a year later with CycloCable, an industrialized version upgraded to meet new safety standards. (Source | Via)
3First Underwater Escalator
4World's Shortest Escalator
With only 5 steps, the escalator has a modest rise of 32.8 inches (83.4 cm). It was recognized as the world's shortest escalator by the Guinness Book of Records back in 1989 so it's possible a shorter, even more useless escalator exists.
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5Longest Outdoor Escalator
The Central-Mid-Levels escalator system covers over 800 meters in distance and elevates approximately 135 meters from bottom to top. It consists of 20 escalators and 3 moving walkways, connected in places by footbridges with 14 entrances and exits. To ride the complete length of the escalator system one-way takes about 20 minutes.
It was constructed in 1993 to provide a better commute by linking areas within the Central and Western District on Hong Kong Island. (Source 1 | Source 2)
6Oldest Working Escalator
The building's 2.2 million square feet made it the world's largest department store until 2009, when the South Korean chain Shinsegae opened a bigger store in Busan.
Macy's Herald Square was the first building in the world to have a modern day escalator (1902). Today, most of them have been replaced, but you can see still see Macy's Wooden Escalator in use today. (Source 1 | Source 2)
7Beautiful Crisscross Escalator
Spiral escalators have been sold by Mitsubishi since the 1980s, when the first example was installed in Japan. (Source)
9Europe's Longest Escalator
At the same metro station one can experience one of the longest escalators in Europe – each escalator is 126 meters long and has 740 steps. The escalator ride to the surface takes approximately three minutes. Standing at the bottom one cannot see the top. (Source 1 | Source 2)