Bus safety tips

Headline: Bus safety tips

Courtesy of GVSU Transportation Services

For Grand Valley State University students, riding the bus can be an extremely convenient and money-conscious alternative to driving. Rather than circling campus searching for a parking spot, paying for a meter downtown or stressing about rising gas prices, many students choose to take advantage of The Rapid services. However, when riding the bus, individuals should first be aware of how to use the transportation in the safest way—both when they are on and off the bus. Below are some “bus safety tips,” courtesy of GVSU Transportation Services.

General tips

  • Plan your route ahead of time. Know the bus schedule so you aren’t forced to wait longer than necessary.
  • Observe the behavior of those around you.
  • Travel with a friend or co-worker whenever possible.
  • If you are riding a route where you need to show ID, have it ready so that you don’t have to fumble with your purse/wallet.
  • Avoid talking to strangers, especially in isolated areas. Never give out any personal information. The person you’re talking to may be fine, but others can overhear.

Walking to/from the bus stop

  • Walk briskly and confidently to your destination.
  • Scan the area as you walk and be aware of the people in the area.
  • lf someone looks suspicious, move away from them.
  • Have your keys out and ready before you reach your vehicle/residence.


  • Try to avoid isolated bus stops. When riding a bus, use a stop that’s well lit and near a coffee shop/store that’s open.
  • When waiting for a bus, stand near other passengers and in well-lit areas. Move to your bus as it arrives.
  • Keep your belongings secure at all times.
  • Don’t get too involved with reading/listening to music while you wait. Stay alert!

On the bus

  • Always be alert and aware of your surroundings and the people around you. Stay awake.
  • Refrain from listening to music or wearing headphones while riding the transit system (iPods, cell phones and portable radios will distract you and could make you a potential target).
  • Keep your belongings secure at all times. Hold on firmly to your purse or briefcase. Don’t put it on the seat beside you. Keep it in your lap or wedge it between your feet.
  • During off hours, ride as close to the bus driver as possible; find a moderately crowded section of the bus.
  • Sit near the aisle so you can get up quickly if someone bothers you.
  • Move away from people who appear intoxicated.
  • lf trouble occurs, notify the bus driver.