Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Playing Chicken with Muni

Early Monday afternoon all the buses and streetcars stopped in both directions on Market between 4th and 5th Streets.

Large crowds on the sidewalk watched as rescue workers attended to a bicyclist who had been seriously injured.

It seems that his or her bicycle wheels slipped on the wet streetcar tracks and mayhem ensued.

Be careful out there, folks, and not just you bicyclists. I've known plenty of people who have slipped and broken bones while tripping over the tracks, usually while running for a bus.

And here's another maxim: Whether you're a pedestrian, bicyclist, or a car driver, NEVER play chicken with a Muni bus. The odds are not in your favor.


Matthew Hubbard said...

Back in the 1980's, MUNI put up signs featuring "MUNI Driver of the Month". Mina Millett suggested they should have a separate "MUNI Victim of the Month" promotion.

Nancy Ewart said...

Yes, don't play chicken with the MUNI - I think they get a bonus for every person that they run over and a commendation for everybody whose face they shut their door on.