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Romanian City Gives Free Bus Rides To Passengers Who Read Books Inside
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Romanian City Gives Free Bus Rides To Passengers Who Read Books Inside

To encourage more people to read on public transportation, I proposed to our mayor Emil Boc that the city not charge passengers who read books. It took me more than a year to make this proposal a reality. Long story short, between the 4th and 7th of June 2015 everyone who “travelled by book” in Cluj-Napoca rode free of charge.

I also do other campaigns with my friends to promote reading, for instance, Bookface. People who have a book on their Facebook profile picture receive discounts in all sorts of places, from book stores to hair salons and even in dental practices. Another action we carry out is on the 23th of April (World Book Day). On this day, people who have a book with them can visit for free the local Botanical Garden.

PS: our biggest challenge now is to persuade Mark Zuckerberg to Book-face his Face-book profile. So keep your fingers crossed.

I came up with the idea of not charging passengers who read books on public transport

Our mayor posted my proposal on his Facebook page and the feedback was amazing

Finally, after 1 year of constant effort, my idea became a reality

Between the 4th and 7th of June 2015, anyone who read a book on the bus rode for free

I believe that it’s better to promote reading by rewarding those who read, instead of criticising the ones who don’t

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TedGreen
Community Member
6 years ago

Would love to see this done in America !

SoDou
Community Member
6 years ago

That is very cool!

Hithere Itsyou
Community Member
3 years ago

it's fake. only for the news. me and a friend got a ticket for it. just for the news

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AnnaDewart
Community Member
6 years ago

What, no Kindles?!

GabrielSocaciu
Community Member
6 years ago

Nope, only physical books. Imagine the conductor's reaction if you had with you In Search of Lost Time :))) Jokes aside, I'm from Cluj and I haven't seen many people with Kindles in city buses, either because they're expensive or they're not so popular yet.

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ElenaLiviaBradeanu
Community Member
6 years ago

The guy reading the romanian literature history made me smile. That's one biiig book :-)

DebraBrooksKapellakis
Community Member
6 years ago

Awesome idea and to reward the ones who do as opposed to criticizing those who don't is a beautiful. My thanks to the Mayor of this city and the citizen who encouraged him to do it.

DanielaBlueMoonBoal
Community Member
6 years ago

This wouldn't work for me :/ I absolutely love books!!! But reading them while in motion makes me feel so sick :/

DanielAmin
Community Member
6 years ago

Read a book, any book - great idea and maybe can be promote as EU/US/UNICEF initiative. I think is worth a lot, for future.

AngelaM.
Community Member
6 years ago

1.) This discriminates against people with motion sickness 2.) Will the driver actually be checking that everyone is reading? 3.) What about Kindles? 4.) How on Earth does having a book in your FB profile picture prove that you read???

LaureluSoarecu
Community Member
6 years ago

People with motion sickness will get motion sickness regardless if they pay a ticket or not. By all means blow down a fun measure that promotes culture and only took place for a few days because of a small percentage of the population. 2) You have ticket checkers in busses, so no, the driver does not check tickets. 3) Few people use kindles here..too expensive. 4) How does having a physical book on the bus proves that you read?

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EdersonPaivaMelo
Community Member
6 years ago

maybe it would be a great idea here in the city i live in brazil

Hithere Itsyou
Community Member
3 years ago

it's fake, i got a ticket for it :) and i`m from the city. fake news, fake city, fake country

Ligia Tuhut
Community Member
3 years ago

Yeah..so very cool until you get a fine because the ticket checker said that I was only holding the book in my lap, but I was looking out the window, which I did, for like 5 seconds, to check the station. And of course we got into a fight and I ended up paying the fee, which was like 10 times more than a ticket itself. So yeah...sounds good, doesn't work.

Ayanasjoberg
Community Member
6 years ago

That is just amazing

NorbertKovács
Community Member
6 years ago

Giving free ride to encourage reading Give penalty to Hungarian minority because on the market they dare to write their product's name in Hungarian (for Hungarian customers)....What are you doing Romania?

dwarren1010
Community Member
6 years ago

Wouldn't they miss their stop all the time?

AlexandraKonstantopoulou
Community Member
6 years ago

Great idea! I would love to experience such an action in Athens !

Rhon
Community Member
6 years ago

All of my family are Bookaholics So I think getting more people reading books is great. The smell and feel of a real book can't be beaten BUT I feel reading on public transport means travellers will miss out on meeting those around them. Chatting with the person next to you can be such a wonderful thing. We need more book shops that don't just sell best sellers but obscure books too. Also book exchanges are wonderful.

EmmaPeel
Community Member
6 years ago

awesome! truly there are folks with more creative substance than we will ever know. who would have thought of such a dramatic and dynamite idea? thank you! hope it will become a world-wide once-a-year event.

KmsMad
Community Member
6 years ago

Harry Potter, anyone?

LynneFindley
Community Member
6 years ago

I consider it two birds with one stone as it's also a goal to let people ride for free and leave their damn cars at home.

DariaB
Community Member
6 years ago

This is very cool, but I wanna vomit when I read in a bus. I'm motion sensitive, sorry. Can't even read a comic. Tried it, felt dizzy.

NicolaiRentrer
Community Member
6 years ago

I would love to see this happen in Australia!!!

Hsing-meiChiang
Community Member
6 years ago

Great job!

AngelaM.
Community Member
6 years ago

1.) This discriminates against people with motion sickness 2.) Will the driver actually be checking that everyone is reading? 3.) Why are Kindles not allowed? 4.) How on Earth does having a book on your FB profile picture prove that you actually read???

ElenaLiviaBradeanu
Community Member
6 years ago

I think you take the discrimination part way too far. It's not like they're not allowed to get in the bus. They don't read in the bus anyway, regardless this project it's done or not. And about the tickets: in our country the driver doesn't check them, he only drives. I feel sorry for you because you are so pessimistic.

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Sonia.Alexandra
Community Member
6 years ago

That was an awesome idea for our city. :D Congrats!

CristinaBurcea
Community Member
6 years ago

Proud to be romanian !!

IustinUrsica
Community Member
6 years ago

carry on with your ideeas ^^

LucianMihai
Community Member
6 years ago

Nice 1

AnnSefir
Community Member
6 years ago

GOOD THINKING !

karenza
Community Member
6 years ago

brilliant

MegiStaykova
Community Member
6 years ago

Extraordinary idea, I love it!!!

YolopopTai
Community Member
6 years ago

I always read...........................................................................................................unless I'm on my computer AT HOME.

JamieJones
Community Member
6 years ago

Love it!

AlexSteel
Community Member
6 years ago

Gypsis know to read ?

TedGreen
Community Member
6 years ago

Would love to see this done in America !

SoDou
Community Member
6 years ago

That is very cool!

Hithere Itsyou
Community Member
3 years ago

it's fake. only for the news. me and a friend got a ticket for it. just for the news

Load More Replies...
AnnaDewart
Community Member
6 years ago

What, no Kindles?!

GabrielSocaciu
Community Member
6 years ago

Nope, only physical books. Imagine the conductor's reaction if you had with you In Search of Lost Time :))) Jokes aside, I'm from Cluj and I haven't seen many people with Kindles in city buses, either because they're expensive or they're not so popular yet.

Load More Replies...
ElenaLiviaBradeanu
Community Member
6 years ago

The guy reading the romanian literature history made me smile. That's one biiig book :-)

DebraBrooksKapellakis
Community Member
6 years ago

Awesome idea and to reward the ones who do as opposed to criticizing those who don't is a beautiful. My thanks to the Mayor of this city and the citizen who encouraged him to do it.

DanielaBlueMoonBoal
Community Member
6 years ago

This wouldn't work for me :/ I absolutely love books!!! But reading them while in motion makes me feel so sick :/

DanielAmin
Community Member
6 years ago

Read a book, any book - great idea and maybe can be promote as EU/US/UNICEF initiative. I think is worth a lot, for future.

AngelaM.
Community Member
6 years ago

1.) This discriminates against people with motion sickness 2.) Will the driver actually be checking that everyone is reading? 3.) What about Kindles? 4.) How on Earth does having a book in your FB profile picture prove that you read???

LaureluSoarecu
Community Member
6 years ago

People with motion sickness will get motion sickness regardless if they pay a ticket or not. By all means blow down a fun measure that promotes culture and only took place for a few days because of a small percentage of the population. 2) You have ticket checkers in busses, so no, the driver does not check tickets. 3) Few people use kindles here..too expensive. 4) How does having a physical book on the bus proves that you read?

Load More Replies...
EdersonPaivaMelo
Community Member
6 years ago

maybe it would be a great idea here in the city i live in brazil

Hithere Itsyou
Community Member
3 years ago

it's fake, i got a ticket for it :) and i`m from the city. fake news, fake city, fake country

Ligia Tuhut
Community Member
3 years ago

Yeah..so very cool until you get a fine because the ticket checker said that I was only holding the book in my lap, but I was looking out the window, which I did, for like 5 seconds, to check the station. And of course we got into a fight and I ended up paying the fee, which was like 10 times more than a ticket itself. So yeah...sounds good, doesn't work.

Ayanasjoberg
Community Member
6 years ago

That is just amazing

NorbertKovács
Community Member
6 years ago

Giving free ride to encourage reading Give penalty to Hungarian minority because on the market they dare to write their product's name in Hungarian (for Hungarian customers)....What are you doing Romania?

dwarren1010
Community Member
6 years ago

Wouldn't they miss their stop all the time?

AlexandraKonstantopoulou
Community Member
6 years ago

Great idea! I would love to experience such an action in Athens !

Rhon
Community Member
6 years ago

All of my family are Bookaholics So I think getting more people reading books is great. The smell and feel of a real book can't be beaten BUT I feel reading on public transport means travellers will miss out on meeting those around them. Chatting with the person next to you can be such a wonderful thing. We need more book shops that don't just sell best sellers but obscure books too. Also book exchanges are wonderful.

EmmaPeel
Community Member
6 years ago

awesome! truly there are folks with more creative substance than we will ever know. who would have thought of such a dramatic and dynamite idea? thank you! hope it will become a world-wide once-a-year event.

KmsMad
Community Member
6 years ago

Harry Potter, anyone?

LynneFindley
Community Member
6 years ago

I consider it two birds with one stone as it's also a goal to let people ride for free and leave their damn cars at home.

DariaB
Community Member
6 years ago

This is very cool, but I wanna vomit when I read in a bus. I'm motion sensitive, sorry. Can't even read a comic. Tried it, felt dizzy.

NicolaiRentrer
Community Member
6 years ago

I would love to see this happen in Australia!!!

Hsing-meiChiang
Community Member
6 years ago

Great job!

AngelaM.
Community Member
6 years ago

1.) This discriminates against people with motion sickness 2.) Will the driver actually be checking that everyone is reading? 3.) Why are Kindles not allowed? 4.) How on Earth does having a book on your FB profile picture prove that you actually read???

ElenaLiviaBradeanu
Community Member
6 years ago

I think you take the discrimination part way too far. It's not like they're not allowed to get in the bus. They don't read in the bus anyway, regardless this project it's done or not. And about the tickets: in our country the driver doesn't check them, he only drives. I feel sorry for you because you are so pessimistic.

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Sonia.Alexandra
Community Member
6 years ago

That was an awesome idea for our city. :D Congrats!

CristinaBurcea
Community Member
6 years ago

Proud to be romanian !!

IustinUrsica
Community Member
6 years ago

carry on with your ideeas ^^

LucianMihai
Community Member
6 years ago

Nice 1

AnnSefir
Community Member
6 years ago

GOOD THINKING !

karenza
Community Member
6 years ago

brilliant

MegiStaykova
Community Member
6 years ago

Extraordinary idea, I love it!!!

YolopopTai
Community Member
6 years ago

I always read...........................................................................................................unless I'm on my computer AT HOME.

JamieJones
Community Member
6 years ago

Love it!

AlexSteel
Community Member
6 years ago

Gypsis know to read ?

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