Hundreds assist man through city on reclined ride

It may have been the laziest tour of San Francisco in history.

While sitting idle on a ratty La-Z-Boy chair propped on top of two dollies Wednesday, San Francisco filmmaker Tyler MacNiven, a winner on the reality show “The Amazing Race,” trekked 8 miles from the Mission district to the Golden Gate Bridge in the span of eight hours.

He was helped along by hundreds of residentsand tourists who were nice enough to push him down busy downtown sidewalks, up steep hills and onto the wind-whipped, sun-beaten bridge.

Filmed from start to finish and broadcast online, the event was part of a local tech project trying to revolutionize the way consumers receive news and information online.

“We want to prove that it’s possible to broadcast a story semi-live … that people sitting at work can quasi-follow anything going on around the world as it’s happening,” said Chris Lindland, 35, founder of online clothing retailer Cordarounds, which sponsors MacNiven’s adventures.

Footage aired in the form of 30-second video clips every half-hour on Zannel.com, a San Francisco-based company, Lindland said.

MacNiven’s adventure began at exactly 9 a.m. in front of his Dolores Park home. The Woodside-born filmmaker rolled his wheeled golden-brown La-Z-Boy chair onto the sidewalk and began asking passers-by to push him.

Hundreds helped push him and the chair through the crowds of tourists and locals on Market Street and the waterfront, he said, including a 4-year-old girl, an 80-year-old man and even a wheelchair-bound local. He said he didn’t once set foot off his chair.

“The golden chariot was strictly powered by unrefined human kindness,” he said.

Meanwhile, more than 750 people followed the adventure online, commenting in forums while downloading continuously updated video clips of MacNiven’s wild antics. Users were able to follow MacNiven’s progress from their laptops and cell phones, Lindland said.

In previous San Francisco broadcasts on Zannel.com, a so-called Pied Piper of boozing was sent downtown on a weekday to convince people to leave work and join him for drinks, Lindland said.

“We got around 50 people to leave their jobs that day,” he said.

maldax@sfexaminer.com

Bay Area NewsLocal

If you find our journalism valuable and relevant, please consider joining our Examiner membership program.
Find out more at www.sfexaminer.com/join/

Just Posted

Temporary high-occupancy vehicle lanes will be added to sections of state Highway 1 and U.S. Highway 101 through The City including Park Presidio Boulevard to help keep transit flowing as traffic increases. (Photo by Ekevara Kitpowsong/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Transit and high-occupancy vehicle lanes coming to some of The City’s busiest streets

Changes intended to improve transit reliability as traffic increases with reopening

Tents fill up a new safe camping site in a former parking lot at 180 Jones St. in the Tenderloin on Thursday, June 11, 2020. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Proposal for major expansion of safe sleeping sites gets cool reception in committee

Supervisor Mandelman calls for creation of more temporary shelter sites to get homeless off streets

Demonstrators commemorated the life of George Floyd and others killed by police outside S.F. City Hall on June 1, 2020.<ins></ins>
Chauvin verdict: SF reacts after jury finds ex-officer guilty on all charges

San Franciscans were relieved Tuesday after jurors found a former Minneapolis police… Continue reading

San Francisco Unified School District Board member Faauuga Moliga, right, pictured with Superintendent Vincent Matthews on the first day back to classrooms, will be board vice president for the remander of the 2121 term. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Faauuga Moliga named as school board vice president to replace Alison Collins

The San Francisco school board on Tuesday selected board member Fauuga Moliga… Continue reading

Legislation by Supervisor Rafael Mandelman would require The City to add enough new safe camping sites, such as this one at 180 Jones St. in the Tenderloin, to accomodate everyone living on the street. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
City would create sites for hundreds of tents under new homeless shelter proposal

Advocates say funding better spent on permanent housing

Most Read