John Metcalfe was CityLab’s Bay Area bureau chief, covering climate change and the science of cities.
Watch these drivers cling to a street-sweeper’s bumper like hungry suckerfish.
Burrito J. recorded the wondrous procession in the Mission District, the eighth ring of the city’s parking hell. He emails:
I was on my bike and could see the street sweeper coming down the street a block away—there were a lot of leaves on the street and I thought it would be a fun before-and-after shot. But then I noticed the cars following closely behind it like sharks (or maybe lampreys, or remoras?).
I find San Franciscans’ behavior around street-cleaning days to be hilarious—everyone circles in their cars or pulls up on sidewalks at unnatural angles to avoid the three-wheeled parking attendants and their $66 tickets.
For folks who enjoy such scenes, here’s another video from January taken on the same desperate street.