A BusMan Rescue
Today I rode my bike to play softball in Mar Vista. After the game I was riding to an errand in Hollywood when I got a flat tire. I was on Santa Monica Blvd., just west of Beverly Glen, on the new, fantastic bike lane they just put in between Sepulveda Blvd. and Century City. But you can't go very far or very fast with a flat tire, even in a bike lane.
I walked my bike to the bus stop just west of Beverly Glen and when I saw the bus approaching I waved him down. However, the stop where I was stranded was not only not a stop for this driver's bus - he was driving an express route - it was blocked off with construction cones. Nevertheless, the driver saw that I was in distress and stopped so I could load my bicycle and board the bus. That was super nice of him.
(In addition, an elderly gentleman boarded the bus at Santa Monica and Wilshire. He asked the driver what number line the bus was, and explained that he could not see it on the bus because he was legally blind. He asked if the bus stopped at Doheney, and, though that is not a regular stop for this express line, the driver made sure the man was able to exit at Doheney. This was a good bus driver.)
I rode the bus on Santa Monica to La Brea, got off, transferred to the La Brea bus northbound, which took me to Hollywood and Highland, right across the street from my bike shop. That's about 7 miles of bus ride, far too much to walk with a flat tire. My bike shop, Hollywood Pro Bicycles, fixed my tire and got me on my way.
Saved by the bus. An exciting day.