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Your Groceries Don't Need Their Own Bus Seat, Thanks

by Caroline Pham

August 20, 2014

There are clear benefits to public transportation, like saving money on gas, helping reduce traffic congestion, or using that free time to (dare we suggest) read a book, but there are certainly also irritating downsides that contribute to us shying away from shared transit—the most frequent culprit being our fellow commuters. Does your bag of groceries really need its own seat? Is the wait so agonizing that you need to shove your smelly dinner down your gullet right now? Be it bus, train, or subway, somehow what should be common courtesy is often sorely lacking.

Luckily, designer Jez Burrows and the Analog Lab team at Facebook have crafted a handy visual aide for those offenders in need of a refresher course. Behold, the 10 Commandments of Transit, a Risograph zine “about being a good human on public and private transit.”

1. Know thy driver, and praise them.

2. Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's seat.

3. Remember thy surroundings, to keep them holy.

4. Love thy neighbor as thyself.

5. Thou shalt break bread at home, not in thy seat.

6. Thou shalt not sit in an aisle seat and put thy bag on an empty window seat.

7. Thou shalt yield your seat to those in need.

8. Thou shalt keep thy shoes on.

9. Take thy trash with you.

10. Thou shalt be grateful for the journey.

So the next time you’re privy to a public transit perpetrator, slap ‘em with the holy book (now available in a conveniently pocket-sized edition, according to the site) and maybe next time, they’ll clean up their act. 

Illustrations courtesy the 10 Commandments of Transit

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