My First Experience with Public Transit

Last week I read a post from a fellow blogger about his first experience with public transit and it inspired me to write about my own experience.  You can find the link to his post below along with other transit bloggers writing about their introduction to public transportation. Enjoy! Continue reading

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Don’t Miss The Bus!

The day has come for your first trip on public transportation.  You know where you need to go, you’ve got your map in hand as well as your bus schedule.  Now comes the task of actually getting on the bus.  Some of you might think, “well how hard could that possibly be?”  For the vast majority of the time its pretty darn simple, but there are those select few times where it might seem like the world is against you.  So hopefully with the help of this post you’ll never miss the bus again, and if you do you’ll understand why. Continue reading

RedBull Flugtag!!!

This Saturday October 8, 2011 RedBull will be gracing Tampa with its presence again.  For those of you who are not familiar with this wacky and fun event you can check out RedBull’s official website.

What I really want to get to is that, for this awesome event HART will be running an altered schedule and service to meet the demand of 100,000+ visitors that are expected to attend.  Park anywhere downtown, in Ybor, or at Channelside and you can avoid the traffic nightmare that will be ensuing.

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If you don’t know what FlugTag is, start by getting out from underneath your rock, and then proceed to push play 😀

When to Cross

If you grew up in the United States, then you more than likely rode to school on one of these:

You knew that when that bus stopped you could get on and off safely without worry.  When you get to your stop you got off and went running home without a second thought to traffic, because it was stopped and couldn’t go anywhere while YOUR bus was there.

Well now you are all grown and you use a city bus to get around, not only is it not bright yellow, but it doesn’t have the same magical powers your school bus did.  Yet you still dart out in front to get to work on time, and that was the last thing you ever did because you just got hit by a car going 45mph to get around YOUR bus.

Its an everyday occurrence, I see a passenger get off my bus and then without thinking begins to walk in front of the bus to cross the street.  I can’t really fault them for it, its something that is ingrained in our minds ever since our first day of school.  But crossing the street BEFORE the bus leaves is one of the most dangerous practices I see daily.  On numerous occasions I’ve had to blow my horn to prevent an unsuspecting passenger from taking what might be their last steps.  This video clearly demonstrates what I mean

The little girl gets off just like she would her school bus.  Thankfully the driver was quick acting and potentially saved her little life.  But as with most things in life it doesn’t always end that way.

So as a passenger, make sure you wait until the bus leaves and whenever possible, cross at a lit intersection with a crosswalk.  As a driver, when you approach a stopped public bus don’t be in a rush to speed around, you may forever alter someone else’s life and your own.  Cover your brake and because alert and cautious until you clear the bus or the bus leaves.  This very small things can have a HUGE impact on your safety and someone else’s.

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

While almost all of my posts are centered around Mass Transit, I decided that this important issue should take center stage.  For the last 25 years October has been National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  This is a very important and personal month for me for two reasons.  The lesser reason is my birthday is October 21st :-p.  The biggest reason is that my mom is a two time breast cancer survivor.  For those of you who may not know what that means, it means she has battled and beaten breast cancer twice.  One of the biggest things that women can do to detect breast cancer is have regular check-ups, but in between those check-ups self examination is the second best way to detect breast cancer.  Early detection is the best way to defeat this horrible disease.  If it hadn’t been for my mom’s regular check-ups she may never have noticed she had cancer until it was too late.

So this month not only should you wear pink at some point to show support, but get checked out (by a doctor lol).  If you don’t want to spend the money to see a doctor for a checkup you can still do a self exam at home, and please PLEASE see a doctor if you do feel something, don’t write it off as nothing.