You wanted a seat? Have knee pains instead.

Hey everyone,

If you live in Vancouver, you must know TransLink— our trusty public transit provider. And by trusty, I mean that if you happen to leave your house early, the bus will come early, but if you leave late and just missed the previous bus, the next one will come as late as possible.

I know, I know, it’s not exactly the bus or bus driver’s fault when buses run behind schedule. That’s why I’m not here to complain about that today. I have something else to rant about, and it’s how seats are positioned in the bus.

I actually really like how Vancouver buses have the first section of the bus designated for people who need priority seating (e.g. wheelchairs, strollers, and the elderly), because in Hong Kong, it’s not uncommon to see youngster snagging a seat while the older folks are forced to hang on to the poles. However, if you make your way towards the back of some of our buses, you get a cool area of seats that are arranged so:

20131022-015337.jpgIf you end up sitting in one of these seats, and there’s someone in the seat across from you, you most likely will run into one of these scenarios:

– leg between leg between leg between leg

Bird's eye view of how this looks

Bird’s eye view of how this looks

– awkward keencap to kneecap

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The kneecap to kneecap is usually accompanied by abrupt braking from the driver

– both forced to sit like Mia Thermopolis, making sure to do so in opposite ways


Seriously, these are the worst seats in the house. They definitely did not consider two normal sized human beings sitting across from one another. But I guess it does beat standing if your commute is long.

Thankfully, I saw the new buses that TransLink has rolling out, and they’ve fixed their seating plan. I’ve actually been on one and they look very nice– but that may be due to it being shiny and new. Sadly, there are quite a lot of these old buses that’ll most likely still be in service for the entirety of my lifetime.

– Karen