Common Sense Rules of Vancouver #0002 – Skytrain Platform Etiquette
Common Sense rules of Vancouver #0002 – Skytrain Platform Etiquette
There are two types of Skytrain riders in this city. Those who take the skytrain because there is nothing to do, so they wander in and out of the trains, seeing all there is to see, and indulging in their eccentricities (or mental illnesses, as it were).
The other type comprises about 98% of the rest of the Skytrain user population….
The other type comprises about 98% of the rest of the Skytrain user population, the “I don’t want to ride the Skytrain, but I am riding for the following reason….” crowd. They could be going shopping downtown and don’t want to pay for parking. They could be university students enjoying the study time on a slowly-moving light-rail train. They could be the business commuter, the construction worker, the Starbucks clerk, all heading to work. They could even be the “I love the Skytrain because I am an environmentalist and I don’t believe in cars.” crowd.
One thing is certain. In the aforementioned group, the process of the Skytrain visit is clear.
- Get on
- Get to where you’re going
- Get the hell off
So what could be more infuriating than those who wish to impede this holy and sanctified process?
And who would dare interfere with the sacred rite of the Skytrain ride?
Perhaps the most nefarious group to infiltrate the Skytrain:
The Door Crowders
The concept is simple. Door opens. People exit. Then, and only then, can you enter. The Skytrain door is like a valve, allowing people in only after others have exited. The Skytrain door is not like the stomach of a bulemic, allowing to-ing and fro-ing at will. It is a holy and special place with codified rules, not unlike the Vatican.
So, rule #0002 would seem to be that the Skytrain door is sacred, like the door of a house of worship. Treat it with respect.
Common Sense Rule of Vancouver #0002 reads as follows
Thou shalt not, while awaiting the arrival of the Skytrain, block, stand, or crowd near the door in anticipation of gaining access to the beloved commuter vehicle.
Thou shalt, instead, yield the right of way to those exiting said Skytrain, and only enter once the door is clear, and those exiting are on their merry way. Doing so entitles thou to utilize the title of Reasonable Person (See Below)
Read Common Sense Rules of Vancouver #0001. Please.