To chase a Muni bike thief, or not to chase?


Photo by miggslives

San Francisco seems to alternate between a town of “Genovese syndrome” bystanders and Wild West-style vigilantes. To note, this tweet from @bpelletier1:

A guy stole a bike off the front of a 5 Fulton last night. Bike owner chased the man down on Market Street. What would you do?

We’ve got to wonder, too: Would you chase? If you’re smart enough to know how to get your bike on those bus racks in the first place, that is.

5-Fulton Limited Community Input Meeting Tuesday Evening


Photo by yruffy

Have you ever been on a Muni limited line? They’re kinda bizarro Muni. Cleaner, faster, better.

There’s a move afoot to inaugurate a 5-Fulton Limited line, to faster, more cleanly whisk riders to the outer reaches of the Outer Richmond. And there’s a community meeting tonight that you should totally go to if you’re interested in things like cleaner, faster, better Muni lines.

Here’s some info about the proposed new route:
The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency is considering the creation of a 5 Fulton Limited line to ease crowding and improve transit times during peak hours.
Proposed Route and Changes:
• Peak period 5L would make local stops to 6th Ave, then limited stops to Van Ness Ave.
• Peak hour 5-short-line would begin at 6th Ave., making all local stops and providing additional needed capacity.
• East of Van Ness, both 5 and 5L would make all local stops to Downtown via McAllister and Market.

And here are the meeting deets:
Date: Tuesday August 21, 2012
Time: 5:30pm-7:00pm
Place: Richmond Police Station Community Room, 461 6th Avenue (map, take the 2, 28, 31, 33, 38, or 44)

If you can’t make the meeting or need more information, you can contact Supe. Eric Mar’s office by calling 415.554.7410 and asking for Nickolas Pagoulatos.

Pants, Check: Lost and Found on Muni


Photo: nelz9999

100 Muni StoriesSome of our favorite stories are those of lost and found. Love. Clipper Cards. Pants?

@Robbie_Lawrence‘s tweet tells a compelling, centennial-worthy tale in Twitter-size bites:

lost my pants and my wallet one night. Month later a homeless guy brought it to me saying was on 5-Fulton

Score one for humanity.

Catch up with all the published stories on our 100 Days, 100 Muni Stories page. And help us celebrate 100 years of journeys on Muni: submit your own entry today or tweet @munidiaries with hashtag #100MuniStories.

Smile in 3, 2, 1: Balloon Animal on Muni

Rider Anthony sent us this picture of ol’ yellow on a “very crowded 38L.” When you’re ass-to-crotch with strangers during commute hour, it’s the little things that count.

Balloon animals on Muni is my favorite meme, short of actual pets on the bus. (And the even rarer meme of the bus arriving just when I needed it.) I spotted my first balloon animal on a snoozing Muni in October, after which rider Kristin sent us a pic of its twin (or perhaps the same one?) on a 16X. Rider Heather sent us a blue balloon dog from 2010, and, stretching even further back, we’ve got this orange one on the 5-Fulton, via telluomo on Flickr:

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Trick or Treat

Dhyana posted this celebration of coconuty chocolate on the Muni Diaries Facebook Page, noting this:

On the 5 this morning: Some guy got up and dumped a bag of bite-size candy into the seat next to me and then left the bus. “Sometimes he has cupcakes,” said the person sitting across from me. Muni is weird.

Maybe this is part of his oeuvre, a la Felix Gonzalez-Torres. It is so contemporary.

Either that or coconut macaroons are next. But really, though, what does this “sometimes” look like when it’s cupcakes, instead?

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