Cyclist Hospitalized After Striking Streetcar

A bicyclist was hospitalized after crashing into the side of a stationary San Francisco Municipal Railway streetcar on Market Street this morning, a Muni spokesman said.

The incident was reported at 8:36 a.m. at Market and New Montgomery streets and involved an outbound F-Market & Wharves streetcar, Muni spokesman Paul Rose said.

The cyclist was riding by when the bike’s wheels got stuck in the trackway, sending the cyclist flipping over the bike and into the side of the streetcar, which was stopped at the time, Rose said.

The cyclist was taken to the hospital with neck and mouth pain, injuries that did not appear life-threatening, according to Rose.

No one on the streetcar was injured, he said.

Dan McMenamin, Bay City News

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  • Forthright

    but of course the SFBC will try to claim that the trolley was ‘misusing’ the tracks it was SITTING on….and that it should have “moved out of the way” when the biker came flying at it…

    • Forthright

      Better get that video footage, you betcha

    • @Forthright – Forthwrong, is more like it. Get a grip.

    • TimDoyle

      Forthright get a life.

    • Faded_seaside

      Man, that straw man is taking a beating!

    • I think the SFBC will say your mom was ‘misusing’ the tracks.

    • sfparkripoff

      Everyone knows that cyclists are not responsible for their own safety. The trolly was clearly to blame here.

  • Ahzley

    I’m just glad he’s ok. Saw the guy lying still on the ground after it happened and couldn’t tell if he was conscious.

  • sebra leaves

    Why as the cyclist not riding in a bike lane?

    • Beef Vindaloo

      You do understand that cyclists are not required to ride in the bike lane, don’t you? Have you ever tried riding in the bike “lane” on Market going westbound? It’s a complete sh*tshow and needs to be made safer asap. I avoid riding on that street whenever possible as it feels like playing russian roulette with all the buses and constantly merging cars in the bike lane.

      • sfparkripoff

        Most cyclists get flattened because they dont follow the rules of the road. Most of em blow through red lights and stop signs in front of police who do not cite them for violating the traffic laws.

        And then you all start boo hoo’ing when your bones get crunched under the wheels of a car because you ignored the rules of the road.

      • sebra leaves

        Mine was a rhetorical question. We know the pavement sucks in the bike lanes on many streets.

        What is the point of painting a few lines that mean something to some people but not the general public.

        My suggestion is to PAVE FIRST before painting any lines or doing anything else. Then EITHER put in bike and right turn only lanes (which tends to narrow traffic lanes) and re-write the law so that bikes lanes must stay in the bike lanes, OR patch and pave the streets (what the residents the voted for) and leave the lanes the way they are, so that cars can more safely share the wider traffic lanes with the bikes the way we share them with them with motor cycles.

        What we have now is a lot of painted bike lanes on streets full of potholes, with narrow lanes. The bikes ignore the bike lanes and do a lot of passing and lanes splitting, (driving between the lanes). This makes everyone mad and irritable.

        See this example of two streets. One paved with bike lanes and one with potholes and bike lanes. Guess which one gets used by bikes.

        See photos and story on Potrero plan here:
        http://metermadness.wordpress.com/

    • Because there are no bike lanes in that area of Market St.

    • the_greasybear

      Because there isn’t one available there. Why don’t you already know that?

    • 94103er

      Also, non-trolley buses block the rightmost lane all the time. So the cyclist was just trying to get through the intersection (maybe turning left?) and had bad luck with a particularly nasty rail gap. It’s pretty much impossible to avoid crossing tracks somewhere.

      • sebra leaves

        Which is probably why some considered keeping the cycles off Market Street. There are a lot of rails.

    • sfparkripoff

      Cyclists obey traffic laws? Bhah ha ha ha ha! U Gotta be Dreaming! San Francisco is already the Wild West of road sharing because bicycling is COMPLETELY UNREGULATED! Why do you think so many cyclists are getting FLATTENED on the streets?

      Common sense dictates that there would be fewer cycling collisions if The San Francisco Police Department simply took the time to enforce the traffic laws for cyclists. Since the bicycle folks are so supportive of “safer streets” we are sure that they would jump at the chance to contribute to society by registering their bikes with the city. The bicycle license fee would help to hire more police officers who would in turn enforce the traffic laws FOR CYCLISTS!

      It’s all about fairness. No more entitlement for cyclists to break the law while insisting on a police state against taxpaying motorists.

      • sebra leaves

        There would be fewer accidents if cyclists followed the rules that they expect the cars to follow. Why are we paying for bike lanes that cyclists don’t use? The narrow traffic lanes are harder for cyclists to maneuver around in. The wider lanes are safer for bikes that insist on passing between the cars, and we save a lot of money by leaving the lanes the way they are.

  • 94103er

    I really can’t believe the city can’t be easily sued for continued negligence re the crumbling streets in the streetcar rail beds.

    My husband was involved in a collison under similar circumstances in 2012, but with a trolley bus. It was moving and it crushed his bike. Luckily he was knocked backwards, not run over, and he was fine.

  • sfparkripoff

    Wheres the Bicycle Coalition on this one? They usually the first ones on the scene to try and whip up some indignation about how unsafe the streets are for cyclists. Since Princess Leah isn’t here I’ll read from their list of canned responses:

    1. “We need to slow the street down”
    2. “it’s really important to have safe routes to work”
    3. ”we need a redesign plan with two-way streets and separate bike lanes”
    4. “large trucks should be fitted with convex mirrors”
    5. “It is not acceptable to sit by while San Franciscans are killed on streets when you have the power to prevent these deaths.”

    • @sfparkripoff:disqus – Pathetic.

    • Maryanne Razzo

      When I took driver’s training in high school, my driving instructor went apoplectic if I so much as went 1″ over the line at the intersection at a stop sign or light. And, she practically counted the seconds that the car was at an actual stop to ensure I was safe to proceed. An ordinance needs to be written to not only require that cyclists are licensed, but that there is some type of road-knowledge workshop, given by disinterested third parties, to people who use their bicycles as their primary mode of transportation. If the cyclist’s tire slipped into the track, or the rail bed, it isn’t anyone’s fault except his own. When I’m standing at an intersection waiting to cross, I don’t just cross without stopping, looking in all directions and listening for cars that might be out of sight. It’s ridiculous to assume that there aren’t hazards of any kind on the road.

  • neighbor

    The tracks are the issue. People need to be safe when riding on them; even experienced cyclist get injured on the tracks. All be careful. There are some technical solutions that could be implemented at key intersections (such as where the duboce bikeway dumps out onto the J and N tracks). Some cities fill the tracks with a light foam that cannot be compressed by cyclists, but can be compressed by the train. I believe this treatment requires monitoring and maintenance to a degree that would not make it tenable for the length of Market Street, but I’d like to see Muni restart research on more innovative solutions that facilitate shared streets!