125-year anniversary for escalators
New York, USA. On January 16,1893, the first escalator was installed travelling at a speed of 2.1 metres per minute and moving 5,350 people per day.
125 years have passed since the installation of the first escalator at Old Iron Pier in Coney Island, New York. From the idea of the American businessman Jesse Reno, who patented the “inclined elevator”, escalators for any needs were manufactured, from the shorter measuring only 890 cm, installed in Japan’s Kawasaki Station, with 5 steps, to one of the longest 138-metre escalators, covering a rise of 70 metres and travelling at a speed of 0.6 m/s and moving up to 5,400 passengers per hour in St Petersburg.
There is also a gold escalator manufactured for the Saudi King Salman and used to get off his airplane. In Prague and some Russian cities, people move by escalators travelling at a speed of 0.9 metres per second. Today in the world there are about 800 thousand escalators moving some 3.5 billion people a day. In the USA, more than 100 billion people use escalators every year (with over 35,000 units installed). In Italy there are about 300 million passengers travelling every day thanks to more than 10,000 escalators installed. There are 136,000 moving escalators in Europe. Every year 5,500 new systems are installed, which require modernisation (the average life of a system is about 30 years).