Residents respond to call to assist bus riders
Locals yesterday took to the internet to organise rides for those stranded by the bus strike.
People in need of transportation posted their destination on the Facebook page, Help Give a Ride to Work Bermuda and others posted rides they could offer. While people used the site to organise rides, others posted positive comments commending Bermudians for coming together. “I am so proud and thankful to you all for stepping up and helping your people. Bermuda is the best. Thank you all so much,” one man wrote.
One woman posted about her experience: “I was unaware of the strike and was waiting with my daughter and another lady at the bus stop when a young man stopped to give us a ride into town. I was so grateful because I was making time to a dentist appointment.”
Some people picked up others they saw along the rode. One woman wrote: “I picked up two ladies this morning on North Shore from Spanish Point and took them into town.
“They didn’t know about the strike. Then on way to the gym I picked up a visiting Italian couple (the lady was pregnant) patiently waiting at a bus stop in front of Pembroke West School.”
One woman wrote: “I gave two tourists waiting for the bus in Point this morning a ride to town. Felt good but it was embarrassing to me as a Bermudian.
Many were concerned about tourism. One man wrote: “This is crazy Bermuda is already on the NO-GO list for all the tourists, now the bus drivers make it an even worse experience for the few tourists who still decided to give Bermuda a chance.”
Others congratulated their fellow Bermudians on a job well done. “I didn’t see anyone on my way in this morning either! Go Bermuda! Sometimes we really can be the unified country we used to be!”
As of 5.15pm yesterday 791 people liked the Facebook page.