Reduce the health risks when using public transport
You can get around the city by bus, metro, taxi, or bicycle with complete peace of mind, as long as you are fully aware of the measures that are in place for each form of transport in your destination. Check to find out if there are any route changes, avoid crowding, and don’t forget to wear your face mask and to use your hand sanitiser.
1. With safety in mind, what should you carry with you when using public transport?
As well as remembering your face mask, take some disinfectant gel to help keep your hands clean. Apply before and after your journey, and try to avoid touching your face as far as possible.
2. Always avoid peak times if you can
Whenever you can, avoid using public transport during the rush hour. At peak times look for alternatives, for example you could take a taxi. By planning your day carefully, you can make sure that your longest journeys don’t coincide with peak times. And of course you can always take advantage of the situation – why not go for a walk and enjoy the city from a different perspective?
3. How to reduce the risks during your journey?
Find out what the rules are in each city and for each mode of transport, and be sure to follow them. Don’t sit in the priority seats. Try to maintain a distance of two metres between yourself and other passengers whenever possible. Try to keep a distance of two metres between yourself and other passengers, and aim to touch surfaces as little as possible. Lastly, think ahead and avoid crowding when getting on and off.
4. Alternative public transport
As well as the traditional forms of public transport, there are alternatives. You could hire a bike, either for the whole day, or for short journeys (thanks to bike share schemes), or personal mobility devices (PMDs) such as electric scooters may be another option. But of course, the healthiest option when you’re visiting a city is simply to walk.