NY mayor wants people to use the stairs

Michael Bloomberg wants to change the city building codes to encourage residents to skip the elevators. Will it work?

By Kim Peterson Jul 18, 2013 2:17PM
Businesspeople using stairwell (© Tom Merton/OJO Images/Getty Images)New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg is at it again. This time he wants more people to use stairs instead of elevators, hoping the choice will help fight obesity.

Bloomberg wants to change the city's building code to encourage more use of stairs. New buildings should have a stairway available for nonemergency use and the stairwell doors should be open most of the time, he said, according to The New York Post.

The idea is part of a new "active design" trend that has hit the architecture business, the paper notes. Adding more stairs is cheap and low maintenance, and it can benefit the people who are physically capable of using them.

A 150-pound person burns 10 calories a minute walking up the stairs. That's much higher than the 1.5 calories a minute used up riding an elevator.

But if you build it, will they come? There's no guarantee that people will actually use the stairs more. Workplace wellness programs have championed more stairway use for years, but studies have shown that those wellness programs simply don't work.

Researchers say there is one way to get people to use the stairs: pay them. One study in a recent issue of Rehabilitation Psychology showed that when a company rewarded people with points when they used the stairs -- points that could be used to buy prizes online -- there was a more than 600% increase in stair use.

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Jul 18, 2013 2:47PM
Why would anyone want to live in Nanny City ??
Jul 18, 2013 3:08PM

it should read "dictator bloomberg is at it again". talk about government out of control - but then he's just a reflection of the fed government

Jul 18, 2013 3:17PM
as we all know policians do nothing all day, so their time is worthless. So they assume people who actually have to work to pay their bloated salaries, have an abundance of time too.
Jul 18, 2013 3:34PM
Why doesn't this mayor just mind his own business.  He got rich by ripping people off and now he thinks he can run their lives.  Screw you Bloomberg, fake Republican.
Jul 18, 2013 3:28PM
Maybe he could encourage Wall Street workers to lay off the cocaine?  I think that might be a better way to encourage better lifestyle habits.
Jul 18, 2013 3:53PM
Hope he never runs for or is elected to the presidency. Imagine what that much power would be like under such a control freak??
Jul 18, 2013 3:11PM
and the people want the mayor to leave.  so if he leaves I will take the stairs.  it would be the best for all of us... 
Jul 18, 2013 4:06PM

Bloomberg you blithering idiot, if you want to be a dictator go to Cuba or Venezuela and apply there for a post.


NY, please demonstrate against this communist sympathizer and tell him to stay out of peoples' life

Jul 18, 2013 4:25PM
Boy this D-bag is a megalomaniac ! How could a city go from Rudy to Doody so quickly???
Jul 18, 2013 5:53PM
Bloomturd can take the stairs down...
Straight to Hell !!!

Jul 18, 2013 3:53PM
and with the mentality this  man  is suppose to  have scares me right to  death.  to think he  is  making major  decisions  in  new  york  oh that's  right  the socialism  city
Jul 18, 2013 4:19PM
Jul 18, 2013 4:48PM
And I'm sure he will be walking up the stairs himself!  Probably has an executive elevator for his personal use.
Jul 18, 2013 3:19PM
Some of these Fat A$$ES are going to get heart attacks
Jul 18, 2013 7:31PM
Bloomberg says take the stairs. I say to Bloomberg, take a hike!
Jul 18, 2013 6:25PM
Tried to use the stairs but they were covered with bums, urine and vomit. YOU take the stairs!
Jul 18, 2013 5:57PM

When does this guy do his JOB?!!!


Leave the fat burning and calorie counting to Richard Simmons!!!!


No wonder NY is so screwed up!!

Jul 19, 2013 3:35AM
When are you N.Yorkers gonna throw that dumb, rich, s-o-b out of office ??
Jul 18, 2013 10:44PM
When you no longer need to make a living then climb 20 stories and become a boring mayor who drives people crazy.
Jul 18, 2013 6:00PM
Wow- Blunderberg needs to shove his head back up his own a$$ instead of trying to shove it up everyone elses.
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