Buses are a big part of the traffic flow on major city streets and many commuters depend on them to get where they need to go safely. Buses take up a lot of space and make frequent stops, leaving and re-entering the flow of traffic. Buses normally do not have a problem sharing the road, but various factors including road and weather conditions can make it challenging at times.
Using courtesy, caution and showing clear intention promotes a safe trip for everyone on the roads.
Things to remember
- Buses have to make wide right turns. Avoid squeezing by a bus on the right.
- Stay out of bus-only lanes, especially during rush hour.
- Buses are not easy to manoeuvre, and they have blind spots - even though the bus’ mirrors may be adjusted properly, they still can’t spot everything. They also have no rear windows.
- Do not park in bus stops, even if you are just stopping for a minute. This causes buses to stop in areas away from the designated bus stop area which could create problems for transit customers and other drivers.
- Buses need more space than cars when stopping. A bus travelling at 30 km/hr takes 18 metres, or more than one bus length, to stop. Avoid cutting in front of them at traffic lights or traffic circles, even though the gap may look large to you.
- Buses take longer to accelerate from a stop than cars. Please assist buses merging into traffic from stops by allowing them in. Please yield, it takes only 5 seconds.
- A few seconds of extra courtesy on your part might help 50 people catch their connections.