Monday, April 27, 2009
Sunday Streets 1: Motorcade
On the way to the San Francisco Ferry Building for the third edition of Mayor Newsom's "Sunday Streets" initiative, our Market Street bus was trapped at Third and Market by a phalanx of policemen running interference for a dignitary's motorcade.
We got off the bus and were allowed to cross Third Street since the motorcade was taking its sweet time to appear. The funny gentlemen in the photo above yelled out to the police, "You really didn't have to do this for me, you know."
On a morning dedicated to streets for pedestrians rather than cars, it was more than a little ironic watching what was essentially a loud, belching motorcycle parade, with policemen yelling at all the pedestrians as if they were lowly peasants who should get out of the way of royalty.
A succession of black SUVs finally came barreling through the intersection, with our unnamed betters protected from the vermin on the sidewalks. I wonder who the San Francisco Police Department bills for this service. Muni?