I was walking to the gym in Columbia Heights at 6:30 a.m. when I witnessed an out-of-service DC Metrobus honking at a cyclist in the bike lane heading northbound on 14th Street. When they got to the intersection with Irving and were stopped by a red light, the bus driver opened his door, stood on the step of the bus and started yelling at the cyclist.He said the biker was going to report it. I haven't noticed this kind of thing with a Metrobus, but I've seen drivers in the neighborhood honking at bikes.
Having been the target of aggressive Metrobus drivers while commuting my way around the city on bike, I decided to see if I could help. The cyclist was asking why the bus driver was honking at him when he didn't need to pull over to the curb (no passengers -- out of service) and could have easily moved to the other north bound lane. The bus driver responded by yelling at the guy. I interjected, "Hey man, can't you be respectful?"
He answered my question at once. "Fuck you" he said. My fault -- I hadn't realized we were dealing with one of DC Metro's ambassadors for public safety awareness.
The light changed and he charged off with his anger management issues back behind the wheel of a multi-ton bus the Washington Metro Area Transit Authority has deemed him fit to drive. I snapped the picture as he drove away.
Bus 6500, northbound, 14th street on 8.25.10 at 6:30 a.m. Jim Graham, do you care?
Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Bus versus biker at 14th and Irving
Just got this note from a reader, who witnessed an unfortunate incident between a Metrobus driver and a bicyclist: