Thursday, March 15, 2012

MAKE IT RIGHT FOR A BETTER RIDE!

"Commuters, Commuters, Give up your seats. Don’t be shy, Give it a try!" These are words from 10-year-old Stella Yuen who took part in LTA's 'Make it Right for a Better Ride' contest last year, which garnered nearly 1,700 student entries. Besides the reflections from students like Stella, this year’s graciousness programme also featured the seniors who shared their thoughts on gracious commuting. Members from the Life Art Society also contributed Chinese verses inspiring gracious behaviours through calligraphy, adding an artistic boost to the public transport network.
You can see these vibrant posters and stickers featuring the winners at selected MRT stations, bus shelters, MRT trains and buses. Look out for them the next time when you take the trains or buses or check them out at www.facebook.com/WeKeepYourWorldMoving.

I'm a frequent user of the train service every day, traveling to and fro my work place and i noticed many ungraceful act of human beings on or outside of the train. So I'm here to Make it Right for a Better Ride!
  1. Give up your seat to the elderly
  2. Give up your seat to the pregnant lady
  3. Give up your seat to whoever that needs it more than you
  4. Say "Thank you" to the person who gave the seat to you
  5. Say "Excuse me" if someone is in your way, rather than pushing your way out
  6. Always stay behind the yellow lines till all the alighting passengers has alighted
  7. Allow passengers to come out of the train first before entering
  8. Move in to the center of the train so that more passengers can board on the same train with you too
  9. Do not bring food (esp. durians, as some people do not like the smell) or drinks on to the train
  10. Do not lean onto the poles for the commuters to grab
  11. Do not sit on the floor as it will disrupt the human traffic and cause inconvenience to the commuters
  12. Do not carry out unpleasant actions like digging your nose on the train
  13. Do not brush your hair too hard as it may be unhygienic to the person beside you
  14. Do not be too intimate with your partner on the train
  15. Do not spit on the train
  16. Do not speak too loud on the train
  17. Do not listen to your earpiece with very loud volume as it may disturb your fellow commuters
  18. Do not play games on your device with the music on, it may cause disturbance to others.
  19. Silent your mobile phone so that it would not disturb others
  20. Be prepared when the door is opening from the other side as you may be blocking the traffic that is coming from behind you 
  21. Cover your mouth when you yawn or cough
  22. Always try to leave the "Reserved Seat" empty for the elderly or pregnant woman to sit
  23. If you have available seats beside you, shift yourself to either the left or right seat so that the other couple whom you've been watching can sit together and chat
  24. Help to inform the person if his or her stuff drop onto the floor
  25. Pick up any litter that is on the floor
  26. Look after your kids, do not let them run around on the train or swing from one handle to another
  27. Try to keep yourself clean and fresh when boarding the train so that you do not stink
  28. When someone's bag is left opened, be kind to inform him or her
  29. Stay awake so that you would not doze off and knock onto the person beside u
  30. Do not stare at people even you have nothing to do
  31. Last but not least, DO NOT FART on the train!
*Note: These are points to note with respect to when you're on the train, it will be likewise for buses. :)

Here are the posters that were used for this campaign.

“和谐共乘一段旅程
安宁分享满厢温馨”
When you travel with others in mind, the journey will be peaceful and enjoyable

Christina Chen, Life Art Society

Like this Poster? Tweet: “#BetterRide When you travel with others in mind, the journey will be peaceful and enjoyable on.fb.me/betterride” by 28 March and stand to win a pair of movie tickets! 

“温馨乘坐一程
谦让其乐融融”
Giving up space to another makes for a pleasant ride.

Ngiam Tong Chang, Life Art Society

 Like this Poster? Tweet: “#BetterRide Giving up space to another makes it for a pleasant ride on.fb.me/betterride” by 28 March and stand to win a pair of movie tickets!

“Give up your seat, go inside
It’s not so hard to love your ride
Let’s be gracious, don’t cut queue
When everybody comes out, they will say “Thank you!”

Let everybody board the bus or train
There is no rush and there is no rain
That’s all I really have to say
So remember, don’t block the way”

Allen Quinn, 10, with Vice Principal Mdm Hong Gay Lee & Head of Department (Pupil Well-Being) Mr Yeo Wee Kiang

Pei Tong Primary School
Most Supportive School for “Make It Right For A Better Ride” Contest

Like this Poster? Tweet: “#BetterRide Give up your seat, go inside. It’s not so hard to love your ride! on.fb.me/betterride” by 28 March and stand to win a pair of movie tickets!

“If you want to enjoy your ride,
Then you must stand aside,
Do not stand near the door,
Be one gracious Singapore,
Do not block the way,
Come on, let’s do this today.”

Naveen Kaur, 12, Kuo Chuan Presbyterian Primary School

Like this Poster? Tweet: “#BetterRide Do not stand near the door, be one gracious Singapore on.fb.me/betterride” by 28 March and stand to win a pair of movie tickets!

“A little consideration for seniors
Will be so noble and kind
For this good deed
Will remain in this heart of mine”

Koh Kay Seng, 71, Singapore Action Group of Elders (SAGE)
 
Like this Poster? Tweet: “#BetterRide A little consideration for seniors will be so noble and kind on.fb.me/betterride” by 28 March and stand to win a pair of movie tickets!

“Mirror mirror on the wall,
Who’s the most considerate of them all?
Those who choose to give it all,
Or those who make the rest fall:
It’s your choice to sit or stand tall.”

Lee Chong Hong, 13, Canberra Secondary School

Like this Poster? Tweet: “#BetterRide It’s your choice to sit or stand tall on.fb.me/betterride” by 28 March and stand to win a pair of movie tickets!

 “People who don’t give up their seats,
Think they are so much in need.
But they do not see them all,
The people who are about to fall.

People who don’t give up their seats,
Are always rocking to the beats.
Oh this not only throw their grace,
But also makes them lose ‘face’. ”

Chua Shin Yoong, 15, Yuhua Secondary School

Like this Poster? Tweet: “#BetterRide People who don’t give up their seats do not see people who are about to fall on.fb.me/betterride” by 28 March and stand to win a pair of movie tickets!

“让座于人,乐己乐人”
Offering a seat fills our hearts with happiness.


Tan Jwee Meng, Life Art Society

Like this Poster? Tweet: “#BetterRide Offering a seat fills our hearts with happiness on.fb.me/betterride” by 28 March and stand to win a pair of movie tickets!

“I like it when passengers give up their seat to those in need. Not grumpily but willingly.

I like it when they stand to the side,
So that there’s no need to squeeze my way in or out.

I like it when I can board the bus,
In ease without having to squeeze

Good citizens we are,
Who make it right for a better ride! ”

Song Jia En, Joween, 13, Chung Ching High School (Yishun)

Like this Poster? Tweet: “#BetterRide I like it when passengers give up their seat to those in need on.fb.me/betterride” by 28 March and stand to win a pair of movie tickets!

“I like,
When others move to the centre
Of the train to allow me to board.

I like,
When others don’t stand at the door
So that I can alight easily.

I like,
When I see the elderly’s tender smiles
When someone gives the seat to them.

I like,
To take the public transport as
others are gracious in every way! ”

Song Jia Juan, 10, Admiralty Primary School

Like this Poster? Tweet: “#BetterRide I like when others move to the centre of the train on.fb.me/betterride” by 28 March and stand to win a pair of movie tickets!
“Be a sport, give up your spot to someone who needs it a lot.”

Michael Ang En Xue, 9, Pei Hwa Presbyterian Primary School

Like this Poster? Tweet: “#BetterRide Be a sport, give up your spot to someone who needs it a lot on.fb.me/betterride” by 28 March and stand to win a pair of movie tickets!

 “先出后进是礼貌
不推不挤真优雅”
Let others alight first,
So that we can board easily.

Tan Khim Ser, Life Art Society

Like this Poster? Tweet: “#BetterRide Let others alight first, so that we can board easily on.fb.me/betterride”
by 28 March and stand to win a pair of movie tickets!
 

“Keep clear of doors. That’s the sign!
You will know when the train arrives
Stand aside with calm patience
Or you’ll be squashed like a pie
After all, everyone should know
Make it right for a better ride! ”

Tiffany Zhao Gui Ying, 16, Jurong West Secondary School
 
Like this Poster? Tweet: “#BetterRide Keep clear of doors. That’s the sign! on.fb.me/betterride” by 28 March and stand to win a pair of movie tickets!
“放低你的声量
共享一厢宁静”
Lower your voice, and the journey will be full of peace and joy.

Tan Khim Ser, Life Art Society

Like this Poster? Tweet: “#BetterRide Lower your voice, and the journey will be full of peace and joy on.fb.me/betterride” by 28 March and stand to win a pair of movie tickets!

“Waiting patiently for a ride behind the yellow line
Doors open, but no rushing and pushing in sight
Everyone considerately moves inside.
Leaving more room for the others outside
Offering seats to the elderly and to those in need
What a friendly community indeed! ”

Ng Yi Shien, 14, Kent Ridge Secondary School
Like this Poster? Tweet: “#BetterRide Waiting patiently for a ride behind the yellow line on.fb.me/betterride” by 28 March and stand to win a pair of movie tickets!

“美德自让位开始
快乐从礼貌而来”
Offering your seat is a kind act that makes people happy.

Du Feng, Life Art Society

Like this Poster? Tweet: “#BetterRide Offering your seat is a kind act that makes people happy on.fb.me/betterride” by 28 March and stand to win a pair of movie tickets!

“你排队我让位
我开心你微笑”
Queuing up or offering your seat,
Brings a smile to everyone.

Christina Chen, Life Art Society 

Like this Poster? Tweet: “#BetterRide Queuing up or offering your seat brings a smile to everyone on.fb.me/betterride” by 28 March and stand to win a pair of movie tickets!

“Commuters, commuters,
Give up your seats.
Don’t be SHY!
Give it a TRY! ”

Stella Yuen, 10, Huamin Primary School

Like this Poster? Tweet: “#BetterRide Don’t be SHY, give it a TRY! on.fb.me/betterride” by 28 March and stand to win a pair of movie tickets!

“It’s a tiresome day
Travelling from east to west
Today and everyday
It’s a long long way

How I wish to have a seat along the way
If someone could give up their seat, that would make my day! ”

Anna Leow, 58, Singapore Action Group of Elders (SAGE)

Like this Poster? Tweet: “#BetterRide If someone could give up their seat, that would make my day! on.fb.me/betterride” by 28 March and stand to win a pair of movie tickets!


“敬人者人亦敬之”
He who respects will be respected.

Tan Jwee Meng, Life Art Society

 Like this Poster? Tweet: “#BetterRide He who respects will be respected on.fb.me/betterride” by 28 March and stand to win a pair of movie tickets!

“Look to the left
then to the right,
Be considerate
to enjoy the ride!

Open your eyes and
use your heart.
Respect and compassion
is a piece of art! ”

Erni Faizah Binte Iskandar, 8, Huamin Primary School

Like this Poster? Tweet: “#BetterRide Respect and compassion is a piece of art! on.fb.me/betterride” by 28 March and stand to win a pair of movie tickets!

 “Bus to school, everything is cool
Boarding the bus,
You know what to do?
Up the steps, don’t look back.
Move to the rear,
don’t hold everyone back.

Find a chair to rest your feet.
If someone has needs,
then give up your seat!

Tell Mr Driver early,
when it’s time to alight.
Walk, don’t run,
and everyone will be alright. ”

Oscar Tee, 8, Pei Tong Primary School

Like this Poster? Tweet: “#BetterRide Move to the rear, don’t hold everyone back on.fb.me/betterride”
by 28 March and stand to win a pair of movie tickets!

"C’mon just give up your seat,
Don’t ever pretend to read!
Give’em out to those in need,
Don’t ever try to pretend to sleep!

You don’t have to go the extra mile,
To make someone smile,
So please give up your seat
And do a good deed!"

Lau Ai Xuan, 12, Rosyth School

Like this Poster? Tweet: “#BetterRide Give up your seat and do a good deed! on.fb.me/betterride” by 28 March and stand to win a pair of movie tickets!


“I give up my seat on the lower deck of the bus to the elderly because they are frail and cannot climb the stairs to the upper deck easily.
Although my friends say this is uncool, I feel that this is cooler than having electronic gadgets because this act comes out of compassion for the elderly.”

Yeo Shi Wen, 11, CHIJ Katong Primary School

Like this Poster? Tweet: “#BetterRide Giving up my seat is cool on.fb.me/betterride” by 28 March and stand to win a pair of movie tickets!


 This will be my favourite poster!
I always appreciate chinese culture and their history.. and i find that the wordings and poems are very meaningful in many ways. Mr Tan Khin Ser has a few workpieces in these roll of posters.. but i think this is the BEST! :)
Read on...

  “一次善心换一份温馨
一次让座换一份感激”
Giving up a seat is an act of kindness that warms my heart and yours.


Tan Khim Ser, Life Art Society

Like this Poster? Tweet: “#BetterRide Giving up a seat is an act of kindness that warms my heart and yours on.fb.me/betterride” by 28 March and stand to win a pair of movie tickets!

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Here are some of the bad experiences that I encountered personally.

Scenario 1
The was once I saw an elderly man walking in to the center of the bus.. his movement was very slow as his legs were weak. A young guy who was sitting in front of him pretend to be very engrossed playing his game on the phone, ignoring the old man who was in front of him. It lasted for quite some time until the old man arrived at his stop, he then got up an alighted at the same stop with him.

My say...
This is very inconsiderate and selfish. The young chap should have stop or pause his game for a while and allow the old man to sit down and rest. Furthermore, the bus was moving, it will swerve left or right and the old man has to grab on to the poles tight before he ending up in a fall, the result might not be good for him at this age. I was too far to ask the guy to give up his seat at that time, the bus was crowded also.

Scenario 2
When i was about to exit the train, the commuters stood directly outside the train door, did not stand behind the yellow lines, did not care if i'm coming out though i'm the only one coming out, hence blocking my way when i walked out of the train. Sometimes they even went in before i came out.

My say...
Its a very unpleasant sight to see these people rushing in to the train trying to grab a good seat for themselves and did not care for others.

Scenario 3
There were a few occasions whereby I travelled on the train, someone actually farted and the smell was so strong that I couldn't think of myself staying there and continue to smell, so i stood up and walk over to another carriage.

My say...
It was AWFULLLLL...


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Here are some of the ideal experiences that I think we can cultivate and hence improve the graciousness of our society.

Scenario 1


DO NOT SIT on the reserved seats. The word "Reserved" is already in the Past Tense.. which means someone has already reserved it already. You should not sit on it unless you are one of the categories below.

They are mainly the elderly, pregnant woman, parent with a child or baby and injured person who has moving difficulty. Are you one of those? Else leave the seat empty for whoever who is in this category to sit. Make it available for them ANYTIME when they come in to the train. It would help save their trouble asking you to give up the seat to them, sometimes they might be shy to ask. Everybody is different. :)

Here is an example of how a lady occupy the reserved seat though she's not the one sitting it.

 She occupied the seat with her shopping bags.

Scenario 2

When you have empty seats beside you and you saw a couple, be it they are friends or anything and they wanna find a seat beside you, do not hesitate to shift yourself to the left or the right seat so that both of them can sit together and continue to chat. This is being GRACEFUL! :) Hope everyone can adopt this gesture, else perhaps ASK YOURSELF "WHY HESITATE?"

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Here are some unpleasant sights of commuters on the trains and buses grabbed from the STOMP website.
Some of which are quite similar to what I've mentioned earlier in the point list above, e.g. not sitting on the train floor and speaking too loudly.

A boy seated on the train floor, blocking the way of fellow commuters. 

The STOMPer said
"He is blocking the way and inconveniencing people as they move out of the MRT."

 These two commuters hogging Reserved Seats on MRT and ignoring a person with baby in front of them.

The STOMPer wrote:
"These two people were acting blur so that they don't need to give up their seats to the person who was carrying a baby in front of them."

STOMPer Angie was annoyed to see these kids drinking and making a racket on the train.

The STOMPer wrote:
"I was on the train heading towards Marina Bay this afternoon when I saw this group of primary school kids on the train." 
"They were drinking and making a lot of noise on the train."
"Even though they are just kids they should have basic knowledge of how you're not supposed to drink on the train."

A lady resting her feet on the crowded bus.

The couple gets intimate on the train.
The STOMPer said "The actions of this couple were making the people around them uncomfortable."


Are you like one of them before?

If YOU'RE... please be considerate and do not repeat it again!
MAKE IT RIGHT FOR A BETTER RIDE!



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