The Story of the Wiggle Bike Path: Over-Privileged Cyclist vs. Under-Attentive Driver

Here’s a little vignette from The Wiggle bike path in the Lower Haight area of San Francisco. The driver of this green cute-ute literally didn’t know where she was going. So, she sat a bit at the westbound stop sign on Waller at Steiner while trying to think of her next move. Maybe she was lost, or looking for a parking space, who knows.

Then here comes dude on his bike. As he’s he’s blowing the stop sign, passing betwixt the SUV and a parked car, the SUV driver decides to turn right. This cuts off the cyclist, who starts out yelling, “Hey lady, do you know where you’re going?” Something like that. Repeatedly.

So here’s the scene after he chased her down Steiner while yelling all the while.

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No doubt the driver needs to try harder, but the cyclist seems to think he has the right to blow stop signs with impunity. If he had stopped and then gotten cut off, then he’d have a point.

Anyway, this typifies your Over-Privileged Cyclist vs. Under-Attentive Driver angry interaction in San Francisco.

Oh well.

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4 Responses to “The Story of the Wiggle Bike Path: Over-Privileged Cyclist vs. Under-Attentive Driver”

  1. Burgos says:

    If you REALLY want to see some stop sign blowing action, go one block over to Pierce and Waller and stand there. I guarantee that you won’t see one cyclist even slow down for that turn on to Waller then towards Steiner.

  2. Micha Elyi says:

    That’s an Over-Privileged and Under-Attentive Cyclist. Whether I’m a pedestrian, a cyclist, or a driver I’m on the lookout for others on the road who behave strangely and I give them a whole lot of room; I’ll stop and wait if necessary.

    Oh well, had that lazy cyclist gotten clobbered we could just think of it as evolution in action.

  3. Did he start vandalizing the vehicle? I’ve seen it happen in the Mission: over-privileged cyclists swarming around a pickup truck yelling obscenities and yanking off windshield wipers and the like.

    Yet another reason San Francisco is a bad place to bicycle.

  4. sfcitizen says:

    No, more of just an everyday interaction