Then acting surprised when all visitor spots (and any other sufficiently large terrain gets taken by residents vehicles.
Today I needed to catch a bus and found out I couldn't.
The buses only accept metrocard. You can no longer buy a one off ticket from the machines. The machines don't sell metrocards. The machine on bus don't take eftpos. Te nearest place to get a metro card is 40min walk.
So basically as I can't buy a metrocard I can't catch a bus unless I can get the driver to feel sorry for me and let me on without one.
This isn't exactly public transport survey there should be an option for people who are stuck and need to get somewhere.
I've seen some really weird stuff, just wanted to hear some stories from my fellow brits :)
EDIT: Considering so many have shared their stories I think I should share one of my own. I remember getting on the tram in Manchester once and an old man and I ended up just having a basic talk about god knows what(weather to sports or something). It was a friendly chat.
We were sat by the doors of the tram and just got to a stop. A skinny man who was clearly on something ran into the doors while they were closed. Me and the old man just looked like wtf. Then he kept mashing the button and it finally opened for him to literally run around within the tram speaking some completely incomprehensible words, I'm guessing it was gibberish because it sounded so unstructured. Everyone looked up and I could tell a couple highschoolers were a bit scared so I kept an eye on him incase he tries anything silly with some of the more vulnerable passengers.
To my surprise, after about 3-4 long minutes of his high energy weirdness, he just completely pauses, looks around and calmly says "don't blame me, blame the drugs". He then calmly sits down with good posture and crossed legs for the next 4 stops or so. The way he sat I can best describe as elegantly and in quite a classy manner. He remained quiet for the rest of the journey.
I have a couple more stories I may share, Manchester has alot of weirdos on public transport lmao
But none of the higher cost of living/big corporation investments that those cities have. I respect everyone's opinion and desire but choose your pick.
Don't hate on the likes of Apple and Google moving in if you want more local government funded projects.
TLDR Edit: I knew it would probably a shitty thing to release footage of kids even if they’re being racist, guess I just wanted to hear validation in the heat of the moment.
I won’t film them so I guess there’s nothing much that can be done besides trying to talk to them and their target. Thanks for giving input, interesting to hear what people thought.
I know people do it for adults but not sure where we stand on kids?
Ran into a bunch of racist kids on scooters ages 10-14 on the train. Didn’t film but this isn’t the first time it’s happened so I am wondering if it’s ethical to film next time.
Just saying “hey stop being racist” won’t stop them from exploding at their targets.
One of their friends went “hey that’s racist man” to their other friend and then they laughed and continued to say fuck you ching chong suck my dick even louder.
I want to show that they’re swearing at and insulting and mimicking Asian commuters. I won’t call police on a bunch of kids.
Was thinking a bit of public shame could get their parents and school’s attention but that could be a bit much. Also dunno how ethical it is to doxx kids.
I’m upset but I don’t want to hurt rando racist kids cos they’re just kids and they can change.
Idk what to do, just ignore it? I’ve been here so long and all I do is ignore it and I’m ashamed I got so used to it that I can’t even stand up for others.
For example there are certain people that get on at a stop and it’s routine. The best is when you see them in the morning as well as at the end of the day.
I just don't understand it.
Take the A38 through Derby: it's an absolute mess. It's a roundabout where it meets the A5111 at Kingsway. Then there's another roundabout where it meets the A52 (at that point a single carriageway, and is better known to locals as Ashbourne Road) and the road name changes to Queensway. A bit further down the road there's a third roundabout at Little Eaton, where it meets the A61. Traffic just gets completely snarled up along the whole stretch, and it's an absolute nightmare at rush hour.
Highways England desperately wants to fix this, to separate long distance A38 traffic from local A5111/A52/A61 traffic. Yet it's facing opposition because people don't want trees cutting down to "save ten minutes". It's not about saving ten minutes (ha! If you get through there at ten minutes then it's not bloody rush hour!), it's about ending the pollution caused by masses of traffic being stuck in crawling traffic jams because that whole section is a shit show.
And with HS2! Again, it's about more than just speed, it's about reducing congestion. Splitting intercity express rail away from local stopping services and freight will benefit all classes of rail traffic. Yet it's bandied about as "saving ten minutes on the journey", and very rarely are the other reasons for HS2 mentioned outside of the internet. And while it's not a perfect solution, we shouldn't let perfect be the enemy of good. Our rail network is literally Victorian, and HS2 is the start of a modernisation to our network that should be lauded and not demonised.
These are just two examples, but there's probably more from all over the country. Why are people so oppositional on this subject?
Seriously. They’re a time I can relax, listen to an audiobook, play games on my phone without feeling like I should be doing something else, scroll through Reddit, and mentally prepare for the day.
It’s also time I can gather my thoughts and a time to reflect on life generally without having other things I need to be doing.
So, in a town that has Legoland, a large airport, and a huge waterpark - you can barely get there with public transportation. (Billund) There are no trains for instance. It does have busses. But, the conections can be difficult and rare.
Getting from a town that is only about an hour away by car, can easily take 2-4 hours by bus and train, and you will likely need a taxi at the end. But taxis are rare, and unbelieveable expensive.
I've come to realize this as we have an exchange student in my family from France. And she and her friends want to explore the country and see things on their own hands - which is perfectly fine. But the struggle of finding connections and getting around is near unbearable.
I would love to go to the beach, I live just half an hour by car from the beach, but I have no bus connections to go there. Even though it is a very popular turist place.
I suppose the conections have faded away because no one uses them, and they are too expensive to upkeep. But that makes me wonder, how is your country for public transport? Do you feel like you can get around, and go to the places you want?
Google Maps is popular in my city (Baku, Azerbaijan), but it is not updated good enough recently. So, I want to bring Moovit, as it is like Wikipedia that can be edited by everyone. But there is tremendous work to do. I want to make sure if it is worth it.
I have a condition that causes me to puke, get dizzy, feint, etc. It can be set off by things that spin and bad driving among others. Public buses are usually great, drivers pros.
That morning I was on my commute feeling fine when the driver had to swerve and do a whole bunch of bullshit because of a rouge cyclist who was weaving around the road and nearly got himself killed. Something about the way the driver manoeuvred set off my illness. Thankfully the next stop someone near me got off and I got their seat. I was still ready to hurl, but at least I knew I wasn't going to pass out. A few stops later an elderly man got on (he was like prehistoric, had a cane, couldn't stand perfectly straight, the works) and no one offered him a seat. I loath being "voluntold" to do so I wasn't about to nominate anyone. I thought that if I pass out, very annoying, but I'll live. If he falls, he could legitimately die, need a new hip, other major surgery etc. I offered him my seat and opened up a plastic bag in my purse just in case.
The man got off about 5 stops later and gave me the seat back, which I could not have been more relieved about because I was barely keeping it down. Thank god I had only had tea that morning.
As soon as I sat back down, a pregnant woman I didn't even notice came over right into my space and without any kind of intro demanded the seat. She literally said "Give me your seat, I'm fucking pregnant"
I'm a young woman (early 20s) and do not look at all physically compromised so I tried to explain it to her.
I tried to explain to her that unfortunately I couldn't, that I was sorry, etc. but she was having none of it and kept cutting me off. I even showed her that I had a made myself a puke purse, nothing was getting through to this woman. She's getting really keyed up and I'm feeling sicker and sicker. Some else offers her a seat and she goes "but why can't this bitch give me her seat, is she too good for me?". That was when I had hit my limit. I told her she had another option and to leave me alone, I was done. I wasn't mean, but I was very firm that I was done. She then blew my mind by straight up calling me a racist. I genuinely couldn't figure out how she came up with that (I'm white and she's black, but idk what that had to do with anything), so I just kind of sat there and watched her lose it. She screamed about me being a bitch for a while then came out with the idea that white people only look after there own (this is wh... keep reading on reddit ➡
So the Tramways union has created a petition to get the government to look into public transport reform as a priority measure.
If you want to look at it and/or sign it you can find it https://www.parliament.nz/en/pb/petitions/document/PET_111091/petition-of-kevin-o-sullivan-improve-the-pay-and-conditions
Many people are still using Public Transport and wearing those blue surgical masks. Recently I saw on the message boards of RMW that it's mandatory to wear FFP2 Masks. Those blue surgical masks (yes I know we all look like JD and Turk from Scrubs) will no longer be sufficient.
See excerpt from Hessenschau:
"Im Öffentlichen Nahverkehr sowie in Taxen gilt ab einer Inzidenz von 100 die Pflicht, eine FFP2-Maske zu tragen. Bislang sind auch OP-Masken erlaubt."
"In local public transport and in cabs, it is mandatory to wear an FFP2 mask from an incidence of 100. Up to now, surgical masks have also been permitted."
And I smell okay and try to not occupy more space that I need (which isn't much) so I don't know why it happens but it's really saddening
Or should I keep my face masks for any future restrictions?