Waiting for the 72X to Santa Rosa at the GG Bridge, I had some time to burn so I decided to get pissy and pointed at a driver of a delivery van who was on his cellphone and did the whole miming of a cellphone pressed to my head. He looked at me and yelled something about "Yeah go ride your little bike", adding more distraction to his driving. Not surprisingly since this was the approach to the bridge where several lanes become three lanes, his taunt was quickly followed by the blaring horn of the BMW he almost plowed into as he veered out of his lane. Crash - as well as the pure comedic gold that would have followed - averted.
While riding the 72 to Santa Rosa, perched high in the giant 45 ft MCI bus you get to see a lot of things. Cellphone use was there, of course, but actually far less prevalent than I would have predicted. 2 text messagers, 3 people eating some form of fast food, one guy with a cellphone in one hand and an apple in the other, and someone reading the newspaper. I tried to turn on my flip camera and catch some of the best shots - alas I had no power. Next time.
Public safety and the bike commute
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