Thursday, April 08, 2010

MBTA Bus Hits, Kills Bicyclist - Most Popular News Story - WCVB Boston

MBTA Bus Hits, Kills Bicyclist - Most Popular News Story - WCVB Boston

When I saw this headline I thought "It has to be the 39 bus"
Why?
Put it this way - I don't ride the 39 bus a TON, maybe once or twice a week from Brigham Circle to Copley.
Some of the drivers are nice. Most are not.
Most ARE good drivers.
A few are miserable. Yesterday I had to stand because there were no seats. I finally had to squish into a seat at the Prudential stop.
Why? The driver was one of those who would accelerate hard when the opportunity presented itself and then SLAM on the brakes. This happened about 10 times - 10 bad times, with my shoulder feeling like it was about to be dislocated as I swung from the pole. The way the guy was driving was TERRIBLE and felt dangerous.

In defense of the MBTA, I have encountered lovely bus drivers. One guy used to wake me up when I fell asleep on the CT3 so I would get off at Andrew Station. He knew I was working and in school and EXHAUSTED - we talked about it a lot in Melnea Cass traffic. Another lady I encountered used to try her hardest to be perfectly on schedule because one of her regular passengers had to transfer to another bus which literally would be pulling away as our bus would stop. I think overall the MBTA bus drivers are patient and skilled, absolutely. The ones on the 39 route, however, are nothing to write home about. And given the congestion at Huntington and South Huntington, the ridiculous mazework mishmash of trolley tracks intermingled with traffic and criss-crossing streets, and the fact that SOME of the bikers in the LMA area have no regard for the rules/laws of biking whatsoever, I'm not even that surprised someone got killed down there...it's sad though...sad like the family that let their dad/grandfather with Alzheimer's walk the streets alone, but that is a whole other story...

13 comments:

amy_c said...

I have such biker aversion. It's an awful story, either way. No one deserves to die because they're on a bike and obviously the driver didn't purposely hit them. Anyway though, my biker hatred dates back to MDub when the bikers literally collided with walkers on Campus Walk. A girl on my floor sophomore year was taken down by a biker who was like, "Oh, you were in my way." THE PERSON HAD WHEELS. WTF. So yeah, a lot of bikers have no courtesy for the rules of the road/path. The end.

Elizabeth said...

I was in a cafe on my lunch break from integrating this weekend and the waitstaff was talking about this accident. I guess it happened right on Centre St outside the cafe. Soooo sad. :(

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