At least, not on the L train in New York City.
Elizabeth Carey Smith, a graphic designer for The Letter Office, put together the above infographic, which documents her subway rides to and from the doctor’s while she was extremely, visibly pregnant. During the last month before giving birth, Smith noted down each time her fellow travelers on crowded trains volunteered to give up their seats (and when they were less considerate).
As she told the Wall Street Journal:
New Yorkers aren’t as rude as we like to think that we are, or as other people think that we are … I was sure that I was going to find out that people were terrible.
On 108 packed trains, Smith was given a seat 88 times—about 81 percent of the time. Men and women were about equally likely to give up their seats; the G train was the least friendly and the L and the 6 trains topped the list of generosity.
That said, Smith did encounter her share of bad eggs.
There was a guy on a seat blocking an open seat next to him, and I’m 8 ½ months pregnant at this point. I [tried] to fit in next to him. And he barked at me and said, “All the seats are the same size!” I stood there in anger for the rest of the ride.