On the weekend we bought two monthly travel passes. These are great and give us free access to both bus and light rail transport throughout the greater area of Bergen.
For the queuing enthusiast, they also provide an ideal opportunity to study the behaviour of the local population, often giving underlying insight into their society and culture.
For example, take New Zealand.
New Zealanders employ the clumping queuing algorithm. If waiting for a bus, they’ll clump randomly around the bus stop, spilling onto the foot path and blocking the path for pedestrians. Then, when the bus arrives, they agitate like localised energized particles, without really moving anywhere, making it difficult for people disembarking the bus to negotiate a clear path out and even more difficult for pedestrians just passing through.
It’s chaotic and unstructured.
Norwegians on the other hand, employ a different algorithm, which seems reflective of their polite and organised culture. Waiting for the bus or train, they’ll patiently sit, or stand inside the bus stop. Then, when the bus arrives they all move off to the side in an orderly fashion, leaving space for pedestrians and disembarking passengers, before then boarding themselves.
Buses are fun.