CL’s Guide To: Practicing Good Etiquette On Public Transportation
September 28, 2012 | by MayaD
- Don’t put your feet on the seat. Kicking your heels up on the seat across from you not only takes up space that can allow a standing person to sit, but it is also just icky. Your shoes are now making a clean seat dirty, where someone might want to sit.
- Give your seat up for an elderly person or pregnant woman. We classy co-eds are still young and fit, so let those who really need seats sit down.
- Let people off before you board. It makes no sense for you to try to squeeze your way through a handful of people that is getting off so you can get on the train first. Allow all those who are leaving the train car or bus to exit before you enter (Also, don’t hover right in front of the door leaving them nowhere to go!)
- Lend a hand to someone who may need help. If you see someone who has to drag three suitcases onto the train platform, help him or her. The same idea applies if you see someone who has to board the bus with a baby stroller and a load of groceries.
- Don’t take up more space than you need. If the area is crowded, don’t hog two seats so your backpack can sit comfortably in its own seat. Also, don’t make fellow commuters step over your legs just because you feel like stretching your them out, thereby taking up the aisle space. Be considerate, and give yourself and those around you enough personal space!
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