Sunday 31 July 2016

52x52: Considerate Commuting

52 random acts of kindness that each take under 52 seconds. One action each week, over a year takes less than an hour of your life.

There are some habits, traditions or laws of etiquette travelling about in a city which are not just about kindness or courtesy but about safety. Whether it is standing to the right on a London underground escalator or letting people off the train or bus before boarding, we have ways of doing things that help the organization of 8 million people in the close confines of a city. 

Driving on the right side of the road is a bigger scale law as is stopping at lights. All things which are there not just to prevent harm to others but to keep you safe too. This extends to cyclists and pedestrians too. Crossing at places other than designated crossings and cycling on pavements or against the lights are all split second decisions which could have disastrous consequences. 

So this week watch out for opportunities to be kind to fellow commuters, passengers, pedestrians, drivers and just people in general. Just because you have done what you do and survived, doesn't mean you haven't given someone the fright of their life. Be kind and be a considerate commuter.

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