Pushing, shoving and getting the flow right
How many of you have a daily commute to work or university? Is it comfortable or very crushed?
Here in the UK we've been told our trains are going to get even more busy as more people switch to public transport, and the population in urban areas grows.
But apparently we're not doing ourselves any favours. A Productivity Consultant Eugene Chinal says we're not very good at getting on and off trains. We waste time and energy. Isn't this obvious?
The most effective way to board a train apparently is:
a. to wait for everyone to get off allowing them lots of space to leave the train
b. keep a consistent flow of passengers getting on
c. don't push even if everyone else is!
So what are your fellow commuters like? Do you feel you're all in it together or do you secretly hate them? I got told off for taking up too much space reading the newspaper last week. And I often tell people off for speaking on their mobiles in the 'quiet carraige' so I think I'm probably not a very nice commuter!
I want to hear about your journeys to work.
Mine: I cycle furiously down to the train station, buy a ticket in the machine and run up and down two flights of stairs until I'm completely out of breath. Then I run down one end of a platform, to a place where I think there might be spaces on the train when it arrives. I do my make-up on the train, write my to-do list and send lots of quiet texts. My journey on the train is about 35 minutes. At the other end, I get a 'Boris bike' to the BBC building and cycle over the Thames admiring the view of St Pauls and the Houses of Parliament.
I'll tell you about 'Boris bikes' later..... do you know what they are?
Now let's hear about your commutes.
Some words and phrases:
crushed - lots of people packed together
public transport - trains, buses, tubes, trams, boats for commuter travel
urban areas - towns and cities
we're not doing ourselves any favours - we aren't making things easier for ourselves
Productivity Consultant - somebody who gives advice on how to do things better and faster
consistent flow - steady stream of people
commuters - people who travel to work
all in it together - we're experiencing a difficult situation as a group
out of breath - exhausted
to-do list - list of tasks you need to finish