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.

BART’s very weird anti-creep PSAs

bart avoid creeps

Talking about creeps has landed BART in some hot water. In a tweet earlier this week, BART’s new PSA poster references a song by Radiohead’s Thom Yorke while advising riders on how to avoid creeps.

SFist called it “strangely tone-deaf” and that the ad implies “the responsibility lies with the victim to avoid disgusting or assaultive behavior, even though BART issued a longer statement denying that.”

Later, BART tweeted another PSA on how not to be a creep. But does saying “don’t be a creep” ever convince creeps to cease and desist? As a transit rider and occasional target, I think it’s sad we have to remind others to keep their hands to themselves.

May we suggest some additions like don’t light someone’s hair on fire and definitely don’t try to hump your fellow passengers, otherwise you might want to watch out for tasers?

Found on BART: Your direct line to God

god phone number on bart from we built this city

On BART, a very thoughtful believer has left an important tip for you. This comes to us via @TheRealWBTC, who says, “Oh good, I’m gonna have a lot of questions for her when I call. A LOTTA questions.”

Speaking of which, if God had a hotline, what do you think God’s phone tree must look like?

Muni Diaries Live is back on April 15 at the Elbo Room! All the best stories live on stage, and we are bringing back the haiku battle! Tickets on sale.

Rad fnnch art spotted at Powell Station

fnnch

By now, you might’ve seen cute, colorful honeybears painted all around San Francisco. Some are your run-of-the-mill bears; others have hats and costumes, including one wearing headphones and another holding a lightsaber.

Turns out the artist behind these works is known as fnnch, and I spotted the art above at Powell Street Station earlier today. Here’s a message that fnnch sent out yesterday about it:

In August of 2015 I spoke to the BART Board of Directors and said:

“BART is sitting on one of the greatest collections of canvases in the entire world. As someone who creates street art I’ve come to see spaces a little differently than others might. […] Concrete is canvas. And BART not only has an incredible amount of concrete, it has some that is seen by an incredible number of people. This is a really valuable resource.”

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These guys … freestyling on BART is everything

When I moved to SF back in 2000, one of the first things I noticed about Muni Metro and BART trains is the lack of dancers and musicians on the train, a la NYC subways. That’s why it was especially refreshing to see this submission to @bartdiaries the other day, from Urban Baseball Chick.

I just … how do they … WUT?

Maybe you can help this old man ID exactly what this style of dance is called? It’s not poppin and lockin, or is it? Help!

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