How to Remain Standing While Riding a Bus

You're standing on a crowded bus, surrounded by folks who are waiting for the driver to call their stop. Then the bus stops suddenly. If you don't have a good hand hold, you go flying forward into other passengers and start a domino effect! Here's how to keep your footing during challenging times.

  1. Place your feet about a foot apart in the shape of a "T" after boarding the bus. One foot should be aligned with the direction of travel and the other should be placed behind it perpendicular to the direction of travel.
  2. When the bus stops, bend your rear leg and keep the front one straight to lean towards the back of the bus. As the bus comes to a stop, slowly straighten your legs to stand upright.
  3. When the bus starts again, bend your front leg to lean forward.
  4. Use the foot placed perpendicular to the direction of travel for lateral stability (i.e. during turns). Lean into the turns.

This technique works best for shuttle buses that make frequent, predictable stops. They also work great for subways and light rail.

Another approach is to stand diagonally in the bus. This gives stability for lateral as well as forward-backward motion!

This is not meant to be used as a substitute for holding onto the hand rails. The hand rails are there for your safety, use them if possible.

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