Promoting stair climbing: Stair-riser banners are better than posters... sometimes

EK Olander, Francis Eves, A Puig-Ribera

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Objective. Stair-riser banners are twice as elective as posters in encouraging stair climbing in shopping centres. This study tested the effectiveness of stair-riser banners in an English train station in 2006-2007. Method. The train station had a 39-step staircase and an adjacent escalator. Baseline observations (3.5 weeks) were followed by 10.5 weeks of a banner intervention supplemented with 3 weeks of a poster intervention. Both poster and banner featured the message 'Stair climbing burns more calories per minute than jogging. Take the stairs'. Ascending escalator and stair users (N = 36,239) were coded for gender. Results. Analyses, controlling for elects of gender and pedestrian traffic volume, revealed no significant change in stair climbing between baseline (40.6%) and the banner intervention (40.9%; p = 0.98). Addition of the poster increased stair climbing (44.3%; OR = 1.36, 95% CIs 1.16-1.60, p <0.001), with the effect reduced at higher pedestrian traffic volumes. Conclusion. While stair-riser banners had no effect, the poster intervention increased stair climbing. The high pedestrian volumes as the wave of disembarking passengers seek to leave the station would have obscured the visibility of the banner for many commuters. Thus stair-riser banners appear unsuitable point-of-choice prompts in stations where pedestrian traffic volume is high. (C) 2007 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)308-310
Number of pages3
JournalPreventive Medicine
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2008


  • stair climbing
  • health promotion
  • physical activity


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