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Piano stairs prompt upbeat tone

Thursday, Jan 10, 2013 - 01:30

Jan. 10 - Commuters in Sao Paulo are dancing to a new tune thanks to the installation of a musical staircase designed like a piano. Tara Cleary reports.

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A compelling incentive to take the stairs instead of the escalator. Thirty-four steps of the flight of 42 at this Sao Paulo train station have been fitted with "piano keys" that activate when stepped on. The harmonious flight was launched by the Social Services of Commerce (SESC) to encourage people to get a little extra exercise by walking instead of riding. Supervisor Marcelo de Souza hopes the project will add "incidental" exercise into people's lives. SOUNDBITE: Marcelo de Souza SESC sports supervisor, saying (Portuguese): "We decided to bring this set up here because we wanted to encourage people, with something playful and fun, to think a bit more and add some movement and physical activity into their daily routines. And ultimately replace using the escalator with the stairs when going to the train station." And most commuters took note of the symphonic staircase. SOUNDBITE: Eight-year-old Pedro Campos, saying (Portuguese): "I like them because they sound like a piano and you can step on them and make great sounds." SOUNDBITE: Vera Lucia, saying (Portuguese): "I came to pay my bills, all stressed out, with my son and husband and all of a sudden I come across a piano staircase. People, this is so relaxing! All of a sudden you are skipping. I went back up to skip down again. It is really cool and relaxing." And it puts a spring in your step and a smile on your face.

Piano stairs prompt upbeat tone

Thursday, Jan 10, 2013 - 01:30

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