Sunday, April 20, 2008

Bus Report #317

I took a 33 home this afternoon from the Mission.
When we got up to the Haight, the driver let a girl out right in front of the Booksmith. As she walked to the door, I watched a guy on a bike speed past.
The girl didn't stop to see if the way was clear, and the guy on the bike plowed right in to her.
Everyone on the bus gasped in unison.
Some dirty, filthy, bongo drum toting fake hippie kids jumped up and stared at the girl, but they didn't do anything except stare.
The girl was okay, she got up a moment later and crossed the street. I couldn't tell if the bike guy followed her or not.
Our bus kept going.

Everyone was to blame there: the bus driver for dropping the girl off between stops, the girl for not watching where she was stepping, and the bike guy for not biking slower.
I hope she was okay.


Blogger Ginger Talk said...

I was nearly plowed over at Market + 5th Street a few months ago. Some joker on a bike was flying down Cyril Magnin/5th and ran a red light. He had the audacity to yell at the pedestrians trying to cross 5th.

What gives a bike rider (or anyone else for that matter) the right to pick and choose which laws of the road to obey? Bikes can be deadly weapons as well; for the rider and anyone hit by one.

8:15 PM  
Blogger Rachel said...

I agree! If you are riding a bike you gotta obey the rules of the road... And if you are walking the bike, you gotta do as the pedestrians do...
Thanks for reading!

9:19 PM  
Blogger TK said...

Yikes. In a similar vein, a couple of days ago I saw a J stopped on Church, letting people out at one of those places where the tracks are sorta in the middle of the road and the stop isn't right by the sidewalk. This lady in a white SUV decided to pass the J, on the right, just as the doors open and people started piling out. I was amazed that she didn't hit anyone.

Don't get me started on bikes blowing through lights and stop signs. I've had a couple of NDEs with that too.

12:46 PM  

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