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Advice for bus riders

Walked over to the STA Plaza to pick up some fresh bus schedules.

Want to be ready with my Plan B for the day when an overnight "weather event" interrupts my bike commuting.

(Yes, I walked to work for years and droned on about it in print. But since I got on the bike in 2008, my patience with how long it takes to walk downtown has pretty much evaporated. Maybe that will change one day. I sort of hope so. There's much to be said for walking.)

Upon unfolding a schedule for the No. 43, I saw a "Make Sure We Stop for You" heading.

Beneath that, "Some tips to make sure you get noticed."

So, OK. Let's review.

"Be at the stop as the bus approaches."

Can't argue with the wisdom of that. Sound advice.

"Face the bus and nod your head 'yes' or wave to the driver."

Not sure about that waving thing. You might appear to be someone who has availed himself of a mood-altering substance or look like a politician.

"Hold up your pass."

I don't use a pass. Maybe I could hold up a Juan Marichal baseball card.

"Wear light colored clothing or use a flashlight at night."

I'll go out on a limb and guess that this gets ignored.

"If you're in a shelter, walk to the stop as the bus approaches."

Unless, of course, you expect to be carried to the bus.




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