Sunshine, bright blue skies, outdoor patios and you have forgotten my public transportation etiquette rules, haven’t you? Here’s the summer edition of Pinky’s Public Transportation Etiquette. Let’s continue to follow the previous rules with a few summer-time additions.
Let’s Talk Hygiene
Summer weather brings plenty of sunshine and a good tan but it also brings sweat too. Wear deodorant and wipe the sweat off to be considerate to your fellow riders. Please don’t douse yourself in perfume. Just because you like the scent, doesn’t mean your neighbor with asthma trouble will appreciate it. And it’s a shame this even needs to be said, but absolutely no flossing on public transit.
Outdoor Gear and Backpacks
We understand that sometimes, you can’t fit everything you need into your pockets or a small purse. Enter your handy commute backpack. However, in a crowded train or bus, please place your backpack or outdoor gear down low near your feet/legs. This would help your fellow riders to navigate with ease, while also providing more room for additional rider.
Keep It Tidy
No shoes on the seat. People sit there, ya know?! Also any articles (newspaper, tissues, etc) that you bring with you on the train or bus must be taken with you. Let’s keep the seats clean for the riders.
If you see a pregnant woman, a child or an elderly or disabled person please be courteous and offer your seat to them. Please be cognizant of the seats at the front of the bus or near Metro train doors – those are designated seats for elderly, disabled and persons with small children.
No Food and Drinks
To avoid unwelcome riders like rats and roaches please refrain from eating and drinking on transit. No one wants to commute with a cockroach.
My golden rules are to help make the ride enjoyable and positive for all of us. When we ride transit, it’s a shared small space so it lets be courteous and respect it. See you on the train and bus sometime.
Get your SmartTrip card, get on the train or bus and enjoy your summer. And if you see a golden rule offender tell them about Pinky’s Public Transportation Etiquette.
Stay hydrated! Stay Cool! Enjoy your ride!
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