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RPI is remarkable for using a vast variety in staircase technology. One of the earliest things freshmen are likely to learn at RPI is how to get between classes while climbing a minimum of stairs. (In the winter, the challenge is to get to class while using as many indoor routes as possible.)
RPI property is popular for skateboaring due to numerous convenient hand rails. The walkway past the DCC and JEC is often plagued with Troylets on skateboards for this reason.
Newcomers may be surprised when, once they get used to getting around campus in the fall, winter comes and boards are put over many of the outdoor stairs on campus to increase traction. Additionally, many are blocked off entirely as they are considered "too dangerous"...