John Metcalfe was CityLab’s Bay Area bureau chief, covering climate change and the science of cities.
Love music videos about bus etiquette? Then boy oh boy, you're in for a real treat here.
You'd be forgiven for thinking this was just a random afternoon on the frequently weird San Francisco public-transit system. But no, this collection of bus-loving weirdos, including a freakishly bearded hipster and a werewolf cop escaped from the Castro, have collected here for a purpose: To scare rude riders into observing proper bus etiquette, specifically giving up your seat to elderly or wheelchair-using ghouls... er, people.
The curious music video was produced by local disabilities-group The Arc and the city's Municipal Transportation Agency, which must have a bit of spare money lying around the marketing department. The riff on Bobby Pickett and the Crypt-Kickers' timeless novelty song won't win any VMAs, mainly because the "Klingon's son" didn't put enough effort into his costume. (Kidding, guy!) It is definitely in the Top 3 music videos for the decade about bus etiquette, though. Take that, Centre Area Transportation Authority and Valley Metro of Glendale, Arizona!
You got to feel a little for the 49ers fan dressed in red. For the better part of the action, it looks like nobody let him in on the fact this was staged:
H/t to Infrastructure USA