Thursday, November 13, 2008
Muni vs. City Cab
At approximately 1:00 PM this afternoon in San Francisco's Financial District, a #45 Muni bus was making a left-hand turn from the one-way Kearny Boulevard to the one-way Sutter Street, in its slow and lumbering fashion, when it crashed into a City Cab vehicle that was trying to make the same turn in the inside lane.
Though the cab driver was yelling at the bus driver that it was all his fault, the truth was actually the opposite.
One of the serious rules of survival in San Francisco is that you should never play chicken with a Muni bus, either in a vehicle or as a pedestrian.
Though there are plenty of crummy San Francisco Muni bus drivers, as a class they are infinitely superior to their cabbie counterparts in this city, many of whom seem to be lunatics and/or terrible, unsafe drivers.
It took about ten minutes for the cab to move his vehicle away from the corner, while cars continued to try to take blind left turns onto Sutter Street, nearly plowing down pedestrians in the crosswalk along with bus riders trying to make an escape.
Thankfully, our bus driver (in the two photos above) was great, and helped the older passengers safely to the sidewalk before finally making his left turn and parking on Sutter. He deserves a commendation, while that crappy cab driver should be taken off the streets.