Bicyclist dies in collision with Muni bus

A bicyclist died in a collision Sunday afternoon with a Muni bus in San Francisco, police said.

The first report of the collision came in at 3:23 p.m. in the 500 block of Market Street, according to police.

Muni Director of Transportation Ed Reiskin released a statement Sunday night offering the agency’s condolences to the bicyclist’s friends and family.

“The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) and its more than 5,000 employees, wish to express our deepest sympathies and condolences to the family and friends of the cyclist who lost his life in a bus collision along Market Street late [Sunday] afternoon. An investigation into [Sunday’s] collision is underway by the San Francisco Police Department (SFPD). Our agency will work closely with SFPD to ascertain all facts of this truly unfortunate event,” the statement said.

According to police, the 48-year-old bicyclist was traveling westbound on Market Street along with the bus, when the bicyclist lost control and collided with the bus. He succumbed to his injuries at the scene, Officer Grace Gatpandan said. The bicyclist was wearing a helmet and the investigation on the collision is ongoing.

Another bicyclist was injured on Sunday afternoon in a separate incident, Gatpandan said. About 4:01 p.m., a 46-year-old woman reportedly collided with a truck pulling a horse trailer at Chestnut Street and The Embarcadero.

The woman sustained injuries to her head and she was hospitalized, but her injuries were not considered to be life threatening, Gatpandan said. The driver of the truck remained on the scene and cooperated with investigators.

In Reisken’s press release, he reaffirmed the SFMTA’s commitment to Vision Zero, The City’s plan to eliminate all traffic deaths by 2024.

“We are committed to working with our partners to make San Francisco streets safer, while educating the public on traffic safety, enforcement of traffic laws and prioritizing the necessary resources that implement life-saving initiatives,” he said.

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