Tuesday, 2 February 2010

More on public transport etiquette in London

http://www.ltmcollection.org/posters/themes/theme_sub.html?IXtoptheme=London transport system&IXthemeid=1.EX0?.V

Collection of posters on underground etiquette from london transport museum. This is interesting and inspiring to look at.

In these posters, they have some common features. A strong message is conveyed thorugh very simple graphics or images in addition with one or two eye-catching colours.

It is a very recent survey done by the Transport for London on public transport manners. In responding to the survey result, they therefore held a campaign aimed to improve Londoner's transport manners:

Whatever happened to manners?
AS travellers in the confines of public transport, are we less well-mannered than we used to be?
A survey last year for Transport for London (TfL) found that of 700 passengers questioned, 94 per cent had been annoyed by loud mobile phone conversations, 93 per cent by over-loud headphones and 82 per cent by pushing and shoving.
So a campaign to promote considerate travel, 'Together for London', was launched last year, and is now gathering pace.

Live discussion
In the latest phase, a Together for London website (www.togetherforlondon.org), includes live discussion pages for passengers to join the debate about improving Londoners' transport manners.
'The campaign is about encouraging Londoners to have a little more thought for each other as they travel,' said a TfL spokesperson.
'Passengers are talking about the everyday, irritating behaviours such as feet on seats and talking loudly on your mobile, which annoy other passengers and make journeys less than pleasant.

It is not about criminal behaviour which we of course take extremely seriously and address through policing and enforcement.'

Topics introduced on the website include being careful when turning around wearing a rucksack, covering your nose and mouth when you sneeze or cough, trying not to spill food on the seats, and moving down inside the carriage.

It sounds like just basic good manners really, but some of the annoying behaviours on the website are more subtle.

Agreeable experience
Had you realised that reading your newspaper can invade the personal space of those around you as you turn the pages, arms stretched out wide?
Did you think about your fellow passengers as you lean against the grab-pole leaving others to hang on to thin air?
Thousands are having their say.

Ultimately the campaign aims to make travelling a more agreeable experience
For example, some older people have found using buses in the afternoons when schools come out a difficult experience.
This has put them off getting about by bus at this time of day.
A group of young people may not intend to be intimidating, but can be if they are behaving rowdily.

A little thought
With thousands of Londoners taking part, the campaign is already showing positive signs.
In a recent poll, 93 per cent of those questioned claimed that they have made room for others, 84 per cent said they are now more thoughtful, 80 per cent have given up a seat to someone who needed it, and 76 per cent have even spoken more quietly on their mobile.

Get involved by going to the Together for London website.
As the campaign says: 'A little thought from each of us, a big difference for everyone.'

As mentioned above, the campaign 'together for london' is producing a series of posters/advertiements in responding to the feedback that the public have made.

Etiquette for travellers on the London underground

Public tranpsort etiquette

Provide a very detail description on underground etiquette

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