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Friday fun poll: where do you keep your bus pass?

If you like, you can skip to the end of this post to answer the poll about where you keep your bus pass.

Results from last poll: where do you stand on a bus?

Last week I asked where you like to stand on a bus.

And after 152 votes tallied, 48% of you hover near the middle of the bus, 41% try to as far back on the bus as possible, and the last 11% choose the front. I’m going to speculate that’s because the front is reserved for those with mobility issues, so people generally try to avoid standing there.

In the comments, Henry wondered how people chose their standing places:

I would actually like to know why people stand where they do. Especially those that hover near the doors for over 10 minutes during a ride. I never stand there unless I am getting off in a few stops. Otherwise, I can’t stand being in others’ way. I feel I’m being rude if I stand by the rear doors for too long.

And U92 didn’t pick a standing location, but had a standing strategy instead:

If I can’t avoid standing (and I don’t look disabled, so people don’t usually get up for me), I go for the nearest pole so I don’t have to reach up or swing, and keep my body close to it and feet planted apart, so I can use my core muscles to stabilize myself. Once I find a good pole and solid position, I won’t move back or relinquish it unless I see a seat that I can reach before the bus starts moving again!

As always, you can read all the comments at the original post

This week’s poll: where do you keep your bus pass?

I was just thinking that most of us probably have a common place we keep our bus pass for easy access—so I thought I’d ask you all about it.

I keep mine in my wallet so I always have it with me, plus it makes the pass easy to find quickly. Also, I tend to lose my pass if I kept it separately—an expensive mistake you don’t want to make more than once :(


  • By CJ Stebbing, July 10, 2009 @ 4:58 pm

    Greetings y’all!

    I have been away on vacation for the past week, so I haven’t been able to participate in the blog for the past week. I’m still on vacation, but could only afford a week away from home.

    Anyway, I agree with jhen on this one. I have mine in my wallet. I even have a clear slip (for ID) in my wallet which I use. I usually put the next months pass behind the current one so that way I know where it is. I know that drivers have a hard time with ppl not visibly showing their pass, partly because the month isn’t displayed. I do my best to make the drivers job less of a hassle when it comes to my fare…lol.

    Hey jhen. I was wondering if Translink was ever looking at putting wifi on the busus. I know they have it out on Comox buses, but I wasn’t sure if we were going to or not. Be kinda nice, that way ppl can get some office stuff done while they travel……

  • By cree, July 10, 2009 @ 7:55 pm

    I keep mine seperate from my wallet. I have a kimono card case used for train passes in Japan. there is a clear window on it so drivers or any attendants can see it.

  • By Steven, July 10, 2009 @ 8:16 pm

    I keep mine in a separate wallet designed for Oyster Cards in London. Oyster Card wallets of different and wild designs are all the rage, I got mine from my home city of Camden, actually from the Market. It is made out of and old Spider-Man comic and threaded up to make a cool wallet. Its a great size to store mini-maps from the Paris metro and London underground (folded)…pity Vancouver doesn’t do such a thing, would be very welcome!

  • By Alexwarrior, July 10, 2009 @ 8:19 pm

    I don’t have a pass, but I keep a book of Faresavers in my wallet.

  • By Josh, July 11, 2009 @ 4:24 pm

    I almost always have a backpack or something along the lines of that with me, so I usually keep my pass there. The last time I kept my pass in my pocket it fell out and I had to track that bus down (not very fun :p).

  • By Richard, July 12, 2009 @ 1:19 am

    Years ago I read advice from a transit agency (BC Transit? possibly in the Buzzer?) that recommended against putting your pass in your wallet, since thieves would see where you both stored your pass and your wallet. The idea was it was better the thief didn’t know where your wallet was. If it was in case written in the Buzzer, then TransLink has moved away from that: “To protect against damage, store your U-Pass in your wallet.”

  • By Donald, July 13, 2009 @ 10:27 am

    I usually keep my pass in a wallet. I tried keeping it attached to a Translink lanyard I have but I found that once or twice a week I would forget it at home or at the office. If we ever move the smartcards, I’d like them to build on technology to implant little nano smartcard chips into a finger. That way we would NEVER lose or forget our transit passes!

  • By Tsushima Masaki, July 14, 2009 @ 2:13 am

    I keep mine in a wallet insert which ironically has supplanted my actual wallet. It holds most of the cards I need for when I go out (Driver’s License, Credit Card, Bank Card). My actual wallet is too bulky so I use it hold my loose change and cards I don’t use as often (such as shopping cards).

  • By Crawford, July 15, 2009 @ 2:51 pm

    I keep my pass in a business card holer in a seperate pocket of my belly bag. That way I can access it quickly & show it as needed without having to root around looking for it. Also, that way I never leave home without it,

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