Update 12:12 p.m.: The cyclist fatally struck by a Muni bus was identified as 47-year-old Mark Heryer, of Berkeley, by the Medical Examiner’s Office. Heryer’s friend, Jordan Greenberg, said he knew Heryer since they were children.
“I’m a little shocked,” he said. Greenberg described Heryer as a talented chef who was very social, and a fun guy. He was, Greenberg said, “a fascinating person.”
Jonah Owen Lamb contributed to this update. The full story from this morning is below.
A Muni bus fatally struck a cyclist mid-afternoon Sunday, near the 500 block of Market street.
The cause of the collision is under investigation, according to SFPD, and they have not yet made a determination of fault.
The SFPD preliminarily believe both the bicyclist and bus were were traveling Westbound on Market Street, when the bicyclist lost control and collided with the bus. The cyclist died on the scene, SFPD said.
The SFPD described the victim as a white male, 48 years old. He was wearing his helmet.
San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency Director of Transportation Ed Reiskin released a statement about the collision.
“The 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 this afternoon,” Reiskin wrote, Sunday. “An investigation into today’s collision is underway by the San Francisco Police Department. Our agency will work closely with SFPD to ascertain all facts of this truly unfortunate event.”
The collision occurred about two blocks away from a section of Market street where private autos are banned, leaving less traffic congestion for cyclists and buses to navigate.
The San Francisco Bicycle Coalition also offered its condolences.
“The San Francisco Bicycle Coalition expresses our deep condolences to the family of the person who died on Market Street today,” wrote Chris Cassidy, a spokesman for the coalition, in a statement.
As the coalition points out, another cyclist was struck Sunday as well. The SFPD reported this female cyclist collided with a horse trailer at Chestnut and Embarcadero and was taken to San Francisco General Hospital with life threatening injuries.
“We hope the person injured in a separate collision while biking recovers quickly and thoroughly,” Cassidy wrote.
Cassidy said both the death and the injury should spur The City to redouble its efforts on Vision Zero – a policy goal of San Francisco to eliminate traffic deaths of pedestrians, cyclists and others to zero by 2024.
“Today’s tragedies demonstrate yet again that our City’s elected leaders and agencies owe it to the growing number of people here who bike, and to the families of those who can no longer join them, to redouble their efforts and investments to deliver engineering solutions without delay, expand safety education, and ensure that the SFPD’s priorities honor yesterday’s tragedies and data through smart enforcement tomorrow,” Cassidy wrote.
“As a city,” he wrote, “San Franciscans and our civic leaders must act immediately to prevent future deaths and severe injuries of people walking, biking and driving.”
This case is still open and active, according to the SFPD, and anyone with information is encouraged to contact the SFPD Anonymous Tip Line at 415-575-4444 or text a tip to TIP411 with “SFPD” at the beginning of the message.