I was on the #17 bus and we were just pulling away from the stop at the corner of Sherbrook Street and Westminster Ave when the bus stopped part way through the intersection blocking the crosswalk. I wondered why and looked out the window to see what was happening. Coming along the sidewalk beside the Sherbrook Inn was a man I have seen many times on the bus. My guess is that he has suffered a stroke at some point because one side of his body just doesn't work. He walks extremely slowly, shuffling his feet. He is so slow he almost looks like he is walking in place. He looks like he could tip over at any moment. He carries a cane to help with balance. The driver patiently waited for this man to reach the bus and slowly get on. As he usually does, the man stood at the front of the bus, holding on with his good arm. I thought, good for you bus driver.
|The Sherbrook Inn|
On another trip (again on the #17 bus) with a different driver, the bus had just dropped off a passenger in front of Crossways In Common at Broadway and Furby. As the bus was proceeding through the pedestrian corridor, a woman on the sidewalk began to wave and point to the other side of the street. A woman with a stroller and two young children was just coming to the crosswalk. The bus couldn't stop where it was, so the driver waved to the woman and continued through the crosswalk to find a place to stop. There were large snowbanks on the side of the road which would have made it impossible for the woman to get on the bus from the sidewalk. The driver stopped far enough out from the snowbanks that the woman, with her children and the stroller could walk between the bus and the snowbank to reach the bus door. The driven even got down from his seat and got out of the bus to help the woman get the stroller on the bus. Nice.
|Crossways In Common|
Some drivers are helpful, friendly and courteous all the time. Others, not so much. I just want to acknowledge those who make a special effort when the weather is really miserable and if you miss the bus, it is a cold wait for the next one.