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Wide Stairs
Stairs over a certain width, usually in public places, that require handrails in the middle of the stairs.

a middle handrail

Regulations differ in this respect but at least here in Australia they state the following, as of 2010.

  • Handrails should be located at least to one side of a flight or ramp
  • located along each side of a flight or ramp if the total width is 2M.or greater and
  • have intermediate handrails that are not more than 2M. apart
  • in certain classes of buildings (primary schools) have one handrail fixed at a height of not less than 865 and a second handrail fixed between 665 and 750.
a centre handrail to wide stairs

Here is another example. I guess it depends on the expected use and volume of traffic warrants it but the style in the top photo will be more comfortable when people going up and down at the same time can share the rail.

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