Firepoles and ladders are often paired in many base designs because firepoles are cheap and fast, and any firepole usually needs a ladder for regular upward speed.
Some dupes, however, will not be moving down or up but across the area where the pole and ladder are placed. The faster dupes can get around the more they can accomplish in a day. So it makes me wonder if the dupes are faster horizontally when jumping straight from tile to pole to ladder to tile, or if they are faster with a square in between the tile and pole (tile/pole/tile/ladder/tile). That way the dupe could just execute two jumps instead of mounting the firepole and the ladder. But maybe they mount the ladder and firepole regardless?
What's the optimal design for a high horizontal traffic firepole area?