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Friday fun poll: how do you signal that you don’t want a bus to pick you up?

Friday fun poll: how do you signal that you don’t want a bus to pick you up?

If you like, you can skip to the end of this post to answer the signalling poll.

Results from last poll: falling asleep and missing your stop

Last week I asked about whether you had ever fallen asleep on transit and missed your stop.

The results were evenly matched: after 154 votes, 53% of you said yes and 47% said no.

We got a lot of funny stories of people falling asleep on transit and waking up in totally unfamiliar places! Jamey explained that he’d found a solution to make sure he got off at the right stop though:

I used to all the time. A couple times, a driver has had to wake me up at the end of the line (which is quite embarrassing…). Luckily, I take the bus right to the end of the line, so I didn’t have to backtrack too much. I’ve learned my lesson, so I set my cell phone alarm for 10 minutes before my bus arrives at its stop.

But missing a stop happens far less frequently to Richard:

Once and only once, and it was on a frequent service bus, so it was a matter of hopping on the same route going back. Every other time I fell asleep on the bus I woke up a stop or two before, almost as if my brain was trained to know that I was about to get off.

I’m definitely in agreement—as I wrote in the previous post, I always fall asleep on the bus, but somehow wake up just before I’m supposed to get off too! Perhaps it’s something about familiar routines?

Again, read everyone’s “I-fell-asleep-and-woke-up-in-South-Surrey” comments at the original post!

This week’s poll: how do you signal that you don’t want a bus to stop?

Andrew Joyce suggested this poll! Thanks Andrew!

I usually try to make eye contact with the driver and shake my head, actually!