10 pet peeves when taking the bus

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Do you take the bus?

  1. Riding the bus is a good way to get around the city. It is also practical.
  2. But sometimes, people do things that make other passengers uncomfortable.
  3. Pet peeves are things that you don’t like or annoy you.
  4. Below are examples of pet peeves on the bus.
  5. Avoid doing them.

10 pet peeves

  1. Not paying the fare
    1. Do not expect to get a free ride on the bus.
    2. Asking for a free ride is unfair to those who pay.
    3. It holds up the bus when you talk to the driver for a long time.
  2. Holding up the bus
    1. Some hold up the bus when they can’t find their Peggo, pass, tickets, card or transfers on hand.
    2. They take a long time looking for it in their bags or pockets.
    3. People in line cannot get on the bus. They have to wait a long time.
    4. It keeps the bus from moving.
    5. Step back and let others go ahead of you if you need to look for your pass.
    6. Get your pass ready before the bus comes.
  3. Occupying too much space
    1. Do not sit on the aisle seat and put your bag on the window seat.
    2. Be considerate. Occupy one seat. Let others sit beside you.
    3. Do not block the aisle.
    4. Do not put shopping bags or big packages along the pathway where people will pass through.
  4. Speaking loudly
    1. Speak in a low volume when you talk on the phone. Also do this when talking to someone on the bus.
    2. Others do not need to hear your problems or life story.
    3. Be respectful. Tone your voice down or just text.
  5. Not vacating priority seats
    1. It’s okay to sit on the priority seats when they are not needed yet.
    2. Vacate the seat when the following get on the bus:
      • elderly
      • differently-abled passengers
      • parents with baby carriages
    3. Lift the seats up to help them position their wheelchairs or carriages.
  6. Littering
    1. Do not leave trash.
    2. Do not eat on the bus. If you must, do not to leave empty wrappers or any kind of mess on the bus.
    3. Keep candy wrappers, pieces of paper, or chewed out gum (wrap it in a piece of tissue) in your bag. Throw them in the trash can when you get home.
  7. Lack of personal hygiene
    1. Strong body odour or too much perfume are hard to handle inside a bus.
    2. Make sure you don’t stink or reek on the bus.
    3. Do not clean yourself on the bus.
    4. Do not:
      • brush your hair
      • clip your nails
      • pick your nose
      • spit
      • floss
  8. Blocking the entrance and exit
    1. Do not stand near the entrance or the exit of the bus.
    2. You will be blocking the doors if you do not need to get off yet.
    3. It will make it hard for passengers to get in or get off the bus.
  9. Disrespecting the driver
    1. Winnipeg Transit drivers deserve our respect.
    2. Greet them when you get on the bus. Say “thank you” before getting off.
    3. Drivers are friendly and helpful.
    4. They help you find your way around the city.
    5. They watch traffic and road conditions. They help you get to your destination safely and quickly.
  10. Flying backpacks
    1. Being hit on the face by a backpack is not pleasant.
    2. Watch the space behind you if you carry a backpack.
    3. You can hit people with your bag when you’re walking along the aisle.
    4. Take it off before getting on the bus. Place it on your lap after you sit. You can put it on your side if you have to remain standing.
    5. Leave a bigger space between you and the bag if you are behind a person who carrying one.
  11. We are lucky to have a reliable public transport system. We can all experience a comfortable and worry-free bus ride every day by following a few rules.

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Community Resources

Go to Winnipeg Transit’s Busology page for more etiquette tips.

Learn about the Public Transit By-Law and Code of Conduct. These are important reminders of what you can and can’t do inside the bus.

Read 10 things you need to know about taking the bus to know more about Winnipeg Transit.

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