Maximising Bus Routes
On a recent bus journey in a SW UK city, I noticed an excellent use of road control mechanisms. This gave priority to buses and thus increased the efficiency of their routings. Watching the driver of our bus confidently enter a “no through road”, my curiosity was stirred. I wondered how he was going to negotiate turning the vehicle in such a restricted area.
Ahead of us were two formidable bollards, silently guarding the road. They effectively prevented traffic moving out into a busy thoroughfare. The bus driver reduced speed. As he did so, the bollards began gracefully sinking below the surface and the bus exited with ease. Once through the barrier, the bollards came back into their blocking position again.
Being my first experience of such ingenuity, I was pleasantly encouraged to see such creative and intelligent thought being invested in the road systems and circulation patterns controlling the traffic flow in that city.
Well done, may we see more such wisdom invested in our communities in many areas of life.
Surprised by Light
Travelling in London recently, I needed to check the bus timetable at night. The street lighting was diffused and I wondered how I would see the minature print on such a timetable. Then I noted a small button at the base of the timetable screen. What a wonderful discovery to find that it illuminated the timetable for a few seconds and then switched off. I thought this was a brilliant example of a useful and practical innovation with customer care in mind.
Small but so helpful…
Well done London Transport….
Planning your route online is an excellent option these days but take care…. to check and double-check. I recall using online travel website. Everything seemed to fine and worked out well until midnight…. Then I encountered a “hiccup”. A bus schedule for aa certain time did not arrive. The friendly hotdog stall holder assured me it always came but that night there was a problem….. What to do next? While wandering in the area, on a cold winter noght, a young couple asked if I was ok. I explained the hiccup and they quickly googled on their I-phone. Soon, I was safely on another bus to which they guided me. Online travel advice is not able to be always perfectly upodated. They do a great job but things can happen unexpectedly.