Melbourne transport


If you get the chance, check out tonight’s MX, page 17. If you missed it, here’s a scan…

MX 19/1/2004

See it bigger here.

They edited it a tad – the “We’ll all be old or pregnant one day” bit originally added “Okay, maybe not pregnant.” So it sounded rather more bizarre than intended.

But fun stuff. And doubly amusing to be riding the train home tonight watching people reading it.

By Daniel Bowen

Transport blogger / campaigner and spokesperson for the Public Transport Users Association / professional geek.
Bunurong land, Melbourne, Australia.
Opinions on this blog are all mine.

10 replies on “Etiquette”

Wht a fun article. Point 1. Girls do it, put your make up on in public. At least the tram driver might see you and get some tips. Point 2. Basic politeness, you will know when you have to shift over. Point 3. See point 2, but just sit in the seat and stuff whatever is placed there. They will move it. Point 4. While staying in your seat, call out can someone give up a seat for this old/disabled/pregnant person. Point 5. Yeah, always stay downwind. Point 6. The tram driver only opened the door becasue he missed the lights, he would not have opened them if he could have caught them. A thank you is nice, but not deserved. Point 6. The Japanese seem to handle this question rather well. They have a lot of experience. Point 7. Some people don’t need mobile phones as their voice could be heard by whoever they are talking to without a phone.Point 8. Well, of two people snogging, surely you can have a fantasy about one of them and drift off. Point 9. Yeah escalators. Should the peolple stationary on the right be shot or stabbed or just kicked down to the bottom out of the way.

Oh it just makes me so furious to have someone clogging an escalator fast lane. The worst kin of people whom I have dealt with told me to “f*** off there is no sign to stay on the left”. Daniel could the PTUA help with such a small but significant signage.

We tried, but the operator of the station (M-Train) said that they weren’t allowed to advise people to walk on a moving escalator for safety reasons. We think this is crap, but haven’t pursued it further: the next logical step would be to check with Workcover whether they did in fact impose such a ban.

No I never thought of it that way. Hope it doesn’t bring along some bad aspects of M-train such as being inherently stubborn, hopeless and in need of a welfare cheque (Vic government). Any anagrams for peoples names for Connex? Not likely.

Not allowed to change lanes when walking on an escalator! What’s next? Any way the whole sign thing reminded me of this picture I hope you like it.

You know cut paste and all that.

People who stand on the right, or worse, who stand next to someone completely blocking the escalator need to be severely punished.
I usually say excuse me and shove past them, not especially carefully.
I think my favourite PT story is the time a friend of mine was almost knocked over while getting off a tram by a guy shoving his way on. She completely b*tched him out, and got applause from all the other passengers!

On the right? Blocking traffic by standing on the right? I know. They must be European tourists-not-Britishers not realising that right is wrong in your country.

Cheers Daniel

It’s amazing how similar the etiquette is really.

Also I be they have similar ones in Tokyo although from what I’ve seen of recent Tokyo subway signs they tend to be much more graphic with their official “do’s” and “don’ts”

Anyway, thanks for a fantastic article in the first place. You’ve got a great blog


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