October 24, 2013

How to Take Public Transportation And Not Be A Jerk

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Written by: Recultured Team
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The title is slightly deceiving. I am going to pompously assume that the majority of you understand that being at a designated bus stop is a big part of your public transit journey. But it doesn’t stop here. Being a regular public transit user, I have noticed that there are unwritten rules when taking public transportation. Now, these rules aren’t necessarily written by me because anyone who takes public transit in Vancouver regularly would have noticed that Translink has taken an passive aggressive approach with colourful yet dismaying comics addressing these problems. However, I found that there were some exceptions and issues that were not addressed so here I am, telling you how to take public transportation.

Moving to the rear of the bus

It’s raining. You wake up 20 minutes later than you should have. Your destination is 1.5 hours away. You skip breakfast and run to the bus stop. You see the bus driving down the hill only to see that it is disappointingly full. As it passes by, you realize it is not so. Clearly, there are two different densities on the bus and it is separated by some inconsiderate statue that enjoys the convenience of being right next to the door a little too much. Now, you will have to wait another 15 minutes for the bus on an empty stomach.

I can’t tell you how many times this scenario has sadly happened to me on the way to school. Not only do others miss the opportunity of being on the bus due to their refusal to walk three steps back, they’re also responsible for creating havoc for when others want to get off the vehicle. I’d be the first to admit that I don’t feel quite as sorry if I hit said people in the face with my backpack as I get off.

Sitting properly

Yes, there is a proper way to sit on public transportation but not in the way where your posture needs to be perfect. Although I rarely see fellow passengers purposely lounging in between two seats, what I do see is that people enjoy putting their bags on the seat beside them. This sounds perfectly harmless if the bus/train is near empty but of course, there are individuals who prioritize their backpack over live beings. If only the backpack lovers were affected by the people mentioned in #1, we would all be a step closer to world peace.

Practicing hygiene

I’m not fond of people with body odor but I am also aware that there are people with body odor regardless of how rigorous their hygiene routine is. But a valid excuse doesn’t exist for why you can’t cover your mouth with your arm as you sneeze or cough. I can think of various ways where sharing would be considered caring like generously distributing pieces of gum and tissues but nope, not your cold.


Not clipping your nails on your trip

This is pretty self explanatory



This image is about 10x more frightening when faced in reality on the bus. Image courtesy of www.freedigitalphotos.net


Agree or disagree? Feel free to discuss your own experiences and pet peeves on the comment section below.



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Recultured Team
Recultured Team
This is where you'll find the blog posts that the team has contributed to collectively! What team? Wildcats! -Nope, wrong team. Recultured!

  • Upon first skim, I saw the photo of nail clipping and new this was an article I would thoroughly enjoy. The whole ‘treating your bag like a person and selfishly taking up a spot’ bugs me, too. The only exception I can think of is if it’s a really, really expensive bag, or if your bag contains really, really valuable things. But even so, I still try to make the effort to shove a bum and make some room.

    Couldn’t agree with you more, Winny! Some people. Some people these days.

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