Published November 7, 2012
bike , san francisco
Tags: bummer, MUNI, stolen bikes
I was enjoying some after work drinks on Election Night when I decided I had one too many to safely ride my bike home. I put my bike on the front rack of an outbound #71 at Market and 2nd, and took a seat on the front of the bus. I was on the sixth seat back, and had a decent view of my bike. The next stop was Stockton and we pulled up to a red light. As people were boarding the bus I had my head down until the driver called out that someone was taking my bike. By the time I stood up my bike was gone. I ran off the bus and headed back down Market assuming the thief was riding off in that direction but I couldn’t see anything among the lights of Market Street rush hour traffic.
So long bike.
I like to believe that everything happens for a reason, so hopefully my shitty experience will prevent other people from having their bicycles jacked on a bus. Never take your eye off your bike, and if you can throw a u-lock around the tire and frame before you put it on the rack.
I’m not optimistic about getting my bike back, but if you see it on craigslist or at a flea market please don’t buy it. It’s just a bike, but I liked it very much. Here’s what it looked like when it was stolen:
The answer is “pretty much anything,” but a lift downtown on the Bacon Bacon truck would be swell!
[Is this a decent situation to throw out a "thank you"?]
I say it. There are times when I’m the only person on the bus when my stop comes up. On certain occasions I put my bike on the rack and walk out the front door to take it down. Situations occur when it’s completely appropriate and courteous to acknowledge the bus driver with a “thank you.”
But what’s with the people who throw out a “thank you driver” all the way from the back door, attempting to acknowledge the driver who’s 20 passengers deep at the front of the bus? I’ve never heard a bus driver try and shout back “you’re welcome”.
This bizarrely polite situation occurs fairly often on MUNI buses in San Francisco. Is this happening on buses in other cities?
In a last-ditch effort to negatively impact every form of transportation in San Francisco, MUNI is now unloading entire trains of people into the city’s bike lanes. It took me about 3 minutes longer than usual to get into work this morning due to the MUNI bike delays at Church and Duboce.
As the N Judah crosses Church Street along Duboce Avenue going inbound, it creates a drawbridge effect for cyclists coming out of The Wiggle riding eastbound towards the Duboce Bikeway Mural. This effect occurs as the N train stops all car traffic going in either direction on Church Street, which allows cyclists to cross the intersection carefree. When timed right, it’s quite awesome.
The new limited use Clipper tickets for MUNI presents an exciting advertising opportunity. As you can see below, the back of the Clipper ticket offers ’1 x ’2 inch ad space. Given MUNI’s less than stellar track record for service and consistency, we mocked up a couple of
potential fake ads for the back of the Clipper tickets that might catch the eye of some riders.
Wheels when MUNI can’t get you there…
Get to your destination faster, and while getting some exercise, on a bike.
Published March 22, 2010
Tags: bus, MUNI, san francisco
Perhaps this post is a bit more fitting for the Muni Diaries, but nevertheless it has occurred to me that people who ride the MUNI in San Francisco don’t know the possibilites for how dollar bills can be inserted into the fare box.
With the recent fare hike back in July, the cost of riding a bus/light rail in San Francisco has gone up to $2. Now you either a] use a pre-paid bus pass, b] have eight quarters ready, c] contain a fist full of dimes, nickels and quarters adding up to $2, or d] have two $1 dollar bills.
In most cases (at least the situations I’ve seen) people get on the bus with two of the crumpliest, torn, overwashed $1 bills in their pockets. These people then proceed to carefully “iron” out their bills of all wrinkles so that the fare box will eat up their dollars with ease. However, it seems that no matter how long you rub the dollar across your leg or bus hand rail to flatten it out, you will be met with resistence trying to ge that flimsy $1 bill into the fare box.
I’m writing this because I was once one of those people – I thought the MUNI fare box was a vending machine. It was scanning my dollar for authenticity and would spit out any bills that weren’t crisp enough. In actuality the fare box is not a vending machine and there are two ways to make inserting worn out bills much easier.
1. Fold your bill in half the long way. (Aside from making you look cool, this will make it easier for the fare box to catch the bill)
2. Stack two bills on top of each other. (Two worn out bills combined to form one sort-of-kinda-decent bill)
You’re welcome, San Francisco.