5 Tips to Make Public Transportation Safe for Seniors
Friday, July 26, 2019

Public transportation is a great way for seniors to get from point A to point B

But, you have to be aware of these safety tips at all times!

When you are no longer able to operate a vehicle on your own, that doesn’t mean you won’t have places to go. There is still shopping to do, doctor’s appointments to make and social gatherings to get to! Public transportation is a great way to get where you need to go, and RTA in Cleveland provides a great service to the senior citizens of the city. But, there are some dangers associated with public transportation. There are ways to reduce these risks and following these tips can make public transportation safer for senior citizens. 

Tip #1: Keep one hand open at all times.

If you have both hands full with bags or other accessories, you wouldn’t be able to fend off an attack, grab a railing or brace yourself for a fall. Keep one hand open at all times to help you stay safe on the bus or train.  

Tip #2: Keep your distance.

If you are on a near-empty bus and a stranger sits right next to you, there might not be anything suspicious. Then again, they could be positioning themselves to cause harm or steal something from you. Move if you feel uncomfortable. 

Tip #3: Keep your fare ready at all times.

Digging into a purse or your pocket can distract you from your surroundings and can also put a target on you for potential thieves. Not to mention, digging into a heavy purse can cause you to lose your balance and you could find yourself falling. 

Tip #4: Watch your step when you enter or exit the bus.

This seems self-explanatory, but if you misstep you can cause yourself tremendous pain and injury. Take your time and don’t feel rushed if there are others in line behind you.

Tip #5: Ride time isn’t nap time!

Taking a trip on the bus or train might prove to be exhausting, but you shouldn’t use that transit time to take a nap. It is easy for someone to take your belongings when you are asleep, but you could also miss your stop! Stay alert at all times during the ride. 

For more safety tips courtesy of McGregor PACE, see our News section.