Muni Ran Over My Bike on the Bike Rack

Bicycle transport
Photo by Simon Li

Muni and bike rider Helen watched her bike get crunched falling off the bike rack on Muni the other day.

I am curious to know from other bike riders if they have ever put a bike on Muni and had if fall out and then run over by the bus?

I put my new Fuji Absolute Hybrid 3.0 with all the bells and whistles on it. I had only rode it for two weeks. It was rainy and dark, and the bus driver didn’t make much eye contact with me. I put the bike in and put the lever lock over the wheel at about 1 or 2 pm. I shook it to make sure it was stable. Then when we were going downhill I heard a HUGE crunch.

Sadly, my bike is really messed up, but the frame is still ok. I do have renter’s insurance, but that has a $250 deductible. Has anyone had any luck getting a claim money back from the City Attorney’s office for a bike falling off of the rack? The Muni supervisor on scene stated that it happens. I’m so bummed out because I loved my new bike and spent a lot of time fixing it up. It also had all of its original components. On Muni’s website it says that you use the bikeracks at your own risk and they aren’t responsible for any damages.

The SFMTA’s “Bikes on Muni” page has information on how to put your bike on the racks, with an accompanying video. We posted a how-to rap video in 2009 here on Muni Diaries. And Helen was correct that you’re putting your bikes on the Muni bike rack at your own risk, even though we’ve known helpful Muni drivers who lend a hand. Cyclists have also told us about bikes being stolen off the racks. Be careful out there, everybody.

2 comments

  • John Pobuda

    I had a bite that just got on ran over by the bus we left at 8th and market all the sudden I heard the noise I look no bike bus driver stops I get out and see the front wheel sticking out from under the bus the bus driver had the backup just so I could get the bicycle back it’s not too banged up but the driver I can’t believe I didn’t notice the j-bar coming off the wheel and the bicycle jumping out of the rack to make it under the bus how does that happen without the bus driver noticing? My Fuji is pretty hammered on bummed out in San Francisco bummer!

  • John Pobuda

    I had a bike that just got on ran over by the bus. We left 8th and market in bound around 1:45 pm BUS # 8875 ROUTE # 9. THEN all the sudden I heard the noise. I look no bike bus driver stops I get out and see the front wheel sticking out from under the bus the bus driver had to backup just so I could get the bicycle back. It’s not too banged up but the driver I can’t believe didn’t notice the j-bar coming off the wheel and the bicycle jumping out of the rack to make it under the bus. How does that happen without the bus driver noticing? My Fuji is pretty hammered. I’m bummed out. That’s life in San Francisco.🚲🚲 Stay strong keep ridding. I am.

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