Many people take the tube everyday through necessity rather than choice. The journeys are already unpleasant, what with delays, cancellation and overcrowding all due to factors beyond our control. Blame TfL for that. But there are things we can do to make life easier on the tube. Here are some suggestions from City Breaks 101 to improve the life of your fellow commuter. But why should you bother? Because others could show the same consideration, or lack thereof, to you next time.
Let people off first
The most obvious one comes first! You see this all the time, you hear it all the time and you probably read it all the time but you still see people trying to get on the carriage before everyone has got off first. I see this nearly everyday. If you are one of these people, and judging by the number of people guilty of doing this, there is a high chance you are, do the maths. If the carriage can accommodate 50 people in total, there are 40 people in the carriage, 5 want to get off and 15 want to get on, if you don’t let the 5 off first, there will never be enough space for 40 + 15. So once again, let people off first, so you get more space for you.
Don’t crowd near the door
Probably nearly everyone does that, judging by how crowded it is near the doors and how empty it is in the middle of the carriages. Unless all of you enjoy being squashed like sardines and feel hot, why not simply move down. If I’m seated, I take great pleasure in looking at how squashed people are near the doors. If all the seats are taken and I’m near the doors, I’m usually that person who pushes his way through roughly to the middle and leave the rest of you crowding near the doors. Move down for god’s sake!
Your bag doesn’t need a seat
You see this all too often too. Someone sits and puts his bag on a seat next to him, taken up an extra seat. I admit I do that too as I don’t want my bag being on the dirty floor and I don’t want a heavy bag on my lap. But don’t do it in rush hour or when there are few seats. There are some people who actually look for seats with bags and ask to sit there even if there are plenty of other free seats. Just to make a point!
Backpack off your back
You take too much space and too often you forget that you have an oversized back sticking out and you end up hitting the person behind you in the face or chest. So if you don’t want to be shoved forward roughly, take off your backpack and make space for everyone. The carriages are small enough already.
No feet on the seats
Especially on a rainy day. Young people are usually guilty of that. They think they look too cool. Remember, someone had put their feet across on the seat where you are sitting right now. Not so cool anymore, init? I’ve never seen anyone older than 40 do that. Maybe they don’t have the flexibility? Or they have the maturity?
Stand to the right…
…When on the escalators. There are even signs in front of all of them so you don’t have to know English. Don’t blame tourists. I see people in group (of just 2) too busy talking to pay attention to the fact that they are blocking everyone on the elevator. Fortunately, a stern ‘excuse me’ gets them mooving.
So fellow commuter, you might think you’ve taken the tube long enough but you might still make these rookie mistakes. Don’t be one of them.