BART handrails make for perfect stunt ramp

Ay, caramba! This guy jumping off of the narrow handrails at a BART station is having more fun than just about anyone else. Thanks to @ocular.pleasantries on Instagram sent over this mind-boggling action shot. We hope there was a good landing at the end!

Muni seems to be the perfect backdrop for life hacks, like this unconventional way to ride a bus, or this Muni-powered trip down the block.

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What’s the back story to this BART station graffiti wall?

How many San Francisco graffiti artists can you spot in this photo. Reader and keen urban observer Cole Brennan (Belle_Cunningham on Instagram) spotted this wall of graffiti signatures, on which the cleaning crew and artists seemed to have reached an accord:

Most graffiti gets cleaned off of the Muni system pretty regularly. Not so with the back of this map, which puts a neatly partitioned blank wall on the landing of the long stairs up from Bart. The graffiti artists and the cleaning crew seem to have some sort of detente worked out for this wall. I spend way too long trying to read it all, searching for new tags and regulars. That Rveng is classic, and you can’t throw a rock in this town without hitting something Zamar has tagged, but this is the first I’ve seen of Croak. Visiting artist? New tagger? Oldtimer just switching it up?

I’m no graffiti artist, and I won’t pretend to love all of it. Certainly, some tags demonstrate nothing but dull, amateur hubris. The good tags have a confidence that I admire, though.

Here’s an interview with Zamar, who created the mischievous squid seen all around town.

Post-It artist brilliantly illustrates Hamilton on BART

hamilton post it artist by andy lie

Bay Area creativity and our collective Hamilton craze were fiercely represented in a Post-It note artist’s work on BART.

As seen by @andylie1 on Twitter, someone brought brilliant cultural cachet to the fine station and city of Lafayette with some well-placed Post-It notes on this BART map. For those of you not (yet) in the Hamilton crew, Marquis de Lafayette is a character in the musical portrayed by Daveed Diggs. Here’s the video to said lyrics, and consider this your Broadway earworm of the day.

As if this is not cool enough: Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda full-on quoted the tweet for his million-plus following and gave it a big ole double tap regram on Insta. Dear Post-It artist, I think your whole life has been made.

lin manuel miranda regram

Thank you to Muni Diaries reader Deirdre O. for spotting this gem!

Other inspired uses of Post-Its on transit:
– “Don’t sit there”: Five things to be thankful for on Muni
– Mystery rider’s sweet Post-It reminder for all
– Using Post-Its to make the commute more entertaining

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Bike on BART? Strap it on, baby

bike strap on BART by prinzrob

Last September we told you about the new bike straps that BART was piloting in select cars, intending to secure unruly bicycles during bumping rides. Or during that false stop + go slightly + stop-stop. Ugh, you know what I’m talking about.

SFGate reported that, as a part of a new test program in 60 BART cars, you’ll find more of the storied straps, either Velcro or a buckle. Rider @prinzrob spotted the velcro variety on BART the other day.

Multi-modal riders: how are the new straps working out for you, and any tips you want to share with fellow cyclists/BART riders?

For real? Real time signage at Civic Center BART

BART real time from Erich

No, BART didn’t break again (but the day and week are young!)

It appears a new real-time transit arrival time sign is being installed at the Civic Center Station recently. At last, you can find out when the train is arriving before you enter the fare gates. That’s right — before you rush into the turnstile and hear Electronic BART Lady or Electronic BART Guy proclaim it 15 minutes to the next SFO train. Thanks to Erich and Amy from Capp Street Crap for the tip.

The screens are a part of the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC)’s Hub Signage Program, announced in 2011. Here’s what the signage looks like for Muni, as seen at the Embarcadero Station.

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