The MTA needs to be seen as a partner to the cycling community. Public transportation helps get more cars off the road and (except for MARC) is completely interactive with bikes! On a personal level, MTA also gives me the chance to take a nap on my way home.
Last Wednesday on my multi-modal commute in, I was pedaling east on Baltimore St approaching the Charles Center Metro Stop in the right lane. From my left, an MTA bus made an unnecessary leapfrog, bringing me within inches of my life. I avoided the collision and made mental notes of the incident as I passed the now stopped bus on the left. Like most of you, I’ve had some close calls with buses, nothing too serious, but this incident was different. This was a clear case of vehicular harassment.
I got in touch with Joe Sietz at the Maryland Transit Administration (MTA), who apologized for the incident. Joe also wanted to know if any other cyclists have had less than favorable experiences with buses. If you have (and I know many of you have), then post about it below.
If you want change, make your voice heard!