Take a stand on bus etiquette


Perhaps this letter will catch the eye of parents out there.


Perhaps this letter will catch the eye of parents out there and they will feel compelled to remind their children that good manners and common courtesy are still important in this age of high-learning and technology.

Bullying has been in the forefront lately, but I feel the experience we had is comparable from a senior’s point of view.

I had been given two tickets to a Canucks game for my birthday for the March 26 game at Rogers Arena. A friend came over from the Island to go with me and we managed to make our way to the arena using the bus system and SkyTrain.

We hadn’t done our research on the best way to get there, so it was a bit frustrating, but we turned it into an adventure and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.

After the game, we made our way back to the Bridgeport SkyTrain station and caught the 351 bus to the South Surrey Park and Ride. This was at about 10:30 p.m.

The bus was full and we were told to go to the back of the bus. There were no seats available so we had to stand. My friend was hanging on to the bar along the top of the bus, and I was hanging onto him.

As we were travelling along, I noticed four snowboarders each taking up two seats – tired little body in one, snowboard in the other.

I realize snowboarding is an exhausting activity but so is being a senior trying to get out and have some fun.

There were overhead racks and the snowboard could easily have been stored there to free up a seat for at least one of us. Or better yet, maybe the snowboarder could have given up his seat too and we both could have sat down.

From my experience, standing on the bus is a great workout for the leg muscles – trying to keep upright while travelling in a forward motion. Something like snowboarding.

Perhaps we should have said something, but who knows what their reaction might have been? Something like being bullied or standing up for someone being bullied.

Sandie Bardua, Merritt