American cities are designed for cars. As traffic chokes the streets they have, cities urge commuters to take mass transit, yet make little effort to help them do it. For those who ride buses to work or school, the worst part of the trip can be the very first part: the bus stop. Some stops have no sidewalks leading to them, no crosswalks, no light, no place to sit, no shelter from the weather, and are sometimes even hard to find. For the third year in a row, StreetsBlog USA is conducting a tournament to determine the country's sorriest bus stop. The bus stop in the picture above is the contender from San Diego. The bus stop sign is attached to the light pole on the left.
This bus stop is on Mission Center Road across from Sevan Court in Mission Valley, San Diego. Specifically the one on the East side (on the left of the picture). [On] this road people drive highway speeds all the time. It already is a joke that there is a bike lane, everyone I know living around here wouldn’t risk it. The bus would block the bike lane and presumably the entire car lane, while the person leaving or entering the bus has almost nowhere to stand and has to cross four lanes of fast cars. And this is in a central part of San Diego, not some rural area.
Other contenders have bonus hazards, like trains, alligators, and "no pedestrian" signs. Here are the current standings in the tournament