It’s the worst feeling to rush on to the subway platform when you’re headed uptown, only to realize you’re stuck on the downtown side. Under normal circumstances, you would have to go back up the stairs, cross the street, head back down the stairs, find your Metrocard, realize you lost your Metrocard, jump the turnstiles, avoid the cops, and wait for the next train. What a drag! If only there were a better way…
Well, it looks like someone tried getting to the opposite side of the track in the most direct fashion possible: forgoing the stairs and jumping across.
That didn’t go well, but he did technically make it across. By any measure, we would consider that a success. Next time, I would suggest he make a few adjustments to his jump:
First, while he did build momentum by running to the edge of the track, he killed any forward motion by attempting a broad jump with both feet. To get extra distance, propel yourself off the platform with a single dominant foot.
Next, as you are in flight, keep your chest up and arms high. Do not lead with your head like our friend on 145th street did.
As you approach your landing, remember to lead with your arms and legs. Once they make contact with the ground, shift all of your weight forward. I can’t stress this final part enough. If you fall backward, you’ll end up falling back onto the track, which could result in injury and/or death. Don’t be dead.
Now that you know what to do, don’t be a dummy and ever actually do it. Just take the stairs—like a life-loving adult.