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Friday, October 25, 2013

Street Sweeper Vehicle Open to the Public: Oh Happy Day!

Posted By on Fri, Oct 25, 2013 at 2:15 PM

Out of the way, skate rat! There's plenty more Hetch Hetchy water where that came from!
  • Out of the way, skate rat! There's plenty more Hetch Hetchy water where that came from!

The sight of a city street sweeper slowly rumbling down the road behind a phalanx of ticket-dispensing parking control officers in their nebbishy three-wheeled vehicles harks to a World War II-era bomber with a fighter escort.

You probably won't get to sit in the cockpit of a B-24 Liberator. But, come Sunday, you can plop down in a street sweeper. This opportunity of a lifetime will commence starting at 11 a.m. at Arguello and Anza. Per the Department of Public Works, this is meant to allow the denizens of San Francisco to "experience firsthand the challenges truck drivers face when navigating the City." These challenges include "drivers, bicyclists, skateboarders and pedestrians."

In other words, the exact obstacles facing anyone navigating the city.

You, however, don't get to blast offending drivers, bicyclists, skateboarders, and pedestrians with a high-pressure water cannon.

Sadly, barring a delightfully unforeseen mishap, you won't get to do so on Sunday, either. In fact, you won't get to do much. A release trumpeting this event notes that you will have the opportunity to "get behind the wheel" of the sweeper truck -- but it doesn't say anything about motoring about.


Per the DPW, those sweeper trucks amass 146,000 miles of city driving per year. That's a lot of sweeping. And, damn it, missed chances to use the water cannon.

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Joe Eskenazi

Joe Eskenazi

Joe Eskenazi was born in San Francisco, raised in the Bay Area, and attended U.C. Berkeley. He never left. "Your humble narrator" was a staff writer and columnist for SF Weekly from 2007 to 2015. He resides in the Excelsior with his wife, 4.3 miles from his birthplace and 5,474 from hers.


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