Thursday, March 31, 2005
Paris wants you to be polite when using public transportation. It started with the buses. A few months ago, these little brightly colored stickers were placed in the buses near particular seats... is someone carrying heaving bags, please be kind and let the person sit here....is someone in a wheelchair, please let the person use this space ... kind of thing. Because these signs are brightly colored, they attracted my son's attention and he would spend the time reading all the little signs.
Recently, the metro added signs too. These signs, as you approach your train, tell you to keep the rhythm. The first part of the sign reminds you to let people get off the train. Once the people are off, then it is your turn to get on the train. The third part of the sign reminds you that once the train door closure alarm rings, don't try to jump on the train but rather just wait for the next train.
So when in Paris... be polite and for goodness sake keep the rhythm -- the metro tango!
-- said Auntie M in Paris
Decals, stickers and brochures are far cheaper than law enforcement personnel. A great deal of the hassles that metro police and CRS have to deal with (and which blow up into violence, according to Le Parisien) are caused by what the French term "incivilités" and "incivisme", roughly meaning "lack of politeness" and "reluctance to follow the rules". Hopefully this campaign will make a bit of difference. Hopefully. Hopefully.
# posted by L'Amerloque : 6:28 PM
love yer blog
dream of visiting paris in my life
# posted by Patty : 11:28 PM
# posted by pismire : 5:53 AM
# posted by Sammy : 7:37 AM
# posted by Oz : 9:27 AM
Patty, I lived in DC and I definitely thought people were pushy there.
Pismire, I'm constantly amazed when people are on a really crowded train and leave their back packs on their shoulders. I'm constantly getting hit and the person has no idea and keeps moving around. Maybe we could use a similiar sign here... there are tons of backpackers here.
Sammy, I thought the Parisian frown was their smile! If someone smiles at me I assume they are a foreigner.
Oz, I still don't know which rules are the rules you follow and which are the rules you don't. There are so many, many rules in France and it seems most of them are disregarded by people.
# posted by Auntie M in Paris : 8:18 PM
>>There are so many, many rules in France
>>and it seems most of them are disregarded
Difference in cultures. (smile)
I know many, many French people who have returned from the USA after having lived there (not tourists – people who lived and worked there). Many of them say: "There are so many, many rules in the USA, far more than in France, and it seems all of them are followed by the people. C'est affreux !"
# posted by L'Amerloque : 8:54 AM
# posted by Auntie M in Paris : 8:35 PM
The bunny is too old, now!
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# posted by Amy Alkon : 7:20 PM