So this is how you skateboard uphill in San Francisco. This guy nonchalantly catches a ride from the 24-Divisadero, to what I can only imagine was the awe and surprise from the line outside of Brenda’s Meat and Three. Thanks to Wenyan Chen for this Instagram video.
We love transit geeks, especially ones who are handy with time-lapse videos. Via SFist, we found YouTube user STLTransit, who created time-lapse videos of public transit systems, including one of San Francisco that shows the movement of every Muni bus, BART train, and ferry boat over a period of 24 hours.
I just can’t stop watching the littler dots of buses buzzing by, and the color-coordinated dots for BART lines whizzing through the East Bay.
Must. Click. Play. Again.
After things got out of hand Sunday night, including the burning and other forms of destruction of Muni buses, some people started a Facebook campaign to ID the vandals
But Facebook commenters “got the wrong guy” because of a misfired joke. According to a Wired.com story, a San Francisco man named Tony Lukezic used a photo of one of the vandals as his Facebook profile picture because friends say he looked like the vandal. He thought it would all be a funny joke.
What isn’t too funny is that after he changed his Facebook profile picture, Facebook commenters threatened Lukezic, posting his phone number and threatening to turn him in to the cops.
Now that the police has arrested Gregory Tyler Graniss (aka, not the Facebook joker), investigators are still looking for other vandals who set a Muni bus on fire.
A Muni Diaries reader sent us a video of the bus being lit on fire Sunday evening.
According to KTVU, nine people have been charged with crimes related to Sunday night’s vandalism, and 36 people have been arrested.
The Giants post-World Series Win Riot on Muni Diaries:
Photos of Muni buses being trashed by rioters
Man gets beat up trying to “defend Muni” during riot
Video of a bus rider who wouldn’t riot
Here’s video I shot on my iPhone of rioting on Muni on McAllister and Larkin. I started filming toward the end, about ten minutes before the cops showed up. There were a few buses stalled there because the streets were overflowing with people. When rioting began on Muni, this particular gentleman on the back of the bus was having none of it. He sat there stonefaced amidst all the chaos, presumably texting to his friends about his miserable experience commuting on Muni yet again. Everyone outside noticed his lack of spirit and started taking pictures and video of him until the lights went out.
Earlier: Photos of buses set on fire, trashed, and climbed on by rioters.
The company says it has seen a 16 percent increase in visits to its stores. I guess the smell of coffee beats lots of other possible smells on the bus. What do you think of the ad campaign? Too creepy or kind of cool?
via Huffington Post
The life of a Muni transfer ain’t easy, especially if you’re bigger than everybody else. Mike Torchia and John Espey blew up a Muni transfer to take it around town, and fellow passengers acted like it’s no big deal. Which is why I love San Francisco, really.
But will station agents let these filmmakers catch a ride using their life-size transfer? One way to find out, if you’ve got 10 minutes handy for this ode to the humble transfer.