Probably the news reached you that in Cluj, the inhabitants can get a “health ticket” with which they can go by bus, and this only in exchange for 20 genoflexions, for two weeks.
The ticket is symbolically called the “Health Ticket” and is part of an action launched on the occasion of European Sports Week.
The ticket thus purchased is valid for a trip on the city’s public transport network, in the urban area. To issue these tickets, an intelligent robot was placed in the South Memorandum bus station, which will operate throughout the two weeks.
The solution is good. Why couldn’t it work in Bucharest?
If Cluj residents can do sports for a “Health Ticket”, daily, between 05.00 and 23.00, why couldn’t the people of Bucharest?
The eternal competition between the two cities could take on real proportions, if we talk about sports week. But the problem is that the people of Bucharest would immediately lose the race.
Why? You probably won’t be surprised by the answer.
The whole process behind the initiative is simple: those who do 20 knee bends correctly in front of the robot, for 2 minutes, receive a bus ticket on the spot from the jukebox.
The robot has a software that issues the ticket after identifying, with the help of a video camera, if the ticket applicant performed all the genoflexions correctly.
Now, try to remember the crowds in Bucharest, and not just the traffic, and surely an image with a bus full of people crowded in it will come to mind.
If you also think about the haste with which any of us move through the city and the haste with which everyone gets on the bus, the two minutes imposed as a time limit do not seem so few.
You just want to get on the first one so that you can choose your place in all the two corners of the bus that remain unoccupied. Where do you spend two minutes?
But let’s say you could do the 20 genoflexions in the station, that is, next to the narrow and continuously circulated sidewalk, where it is very possible that someone who is not very careful, who is just in a hurry, will come across you. You probably won’t be so willing to do it a second time.
In addition, let’s admit, if you still want to do 20 genoflexions, why would you take the bus again, when you have just done the right warm-up for a little jog or a walk to the corner store where you still wanted to go by bus?
Finally, maybe I changed my mind. If we place a robot in the stations, you may not get bored when you wait tens of minutes for the right bus to come. And who knows? Maybe in a month to get the bus ticket in this way, we would all have strong legs and a little more physical endurance.
In more serious terms, the initiative is a completely beneficial and even commendable one, nothing to dispute from this point of view.
But before we imagine that it could be implemented in the capital, we should take into account some feasibility indices. And, until new changes, we better pay a visit to Cluj, if we want to try the new scheme.