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Vision Zero

Reducing Traffic Deaths and Serious Injuries to Zero in 10 Years 

Many of San Francisco’s streets are dangerous by design. Each day in the city, at least three people walking are hit by cars. In 2013, a near-record number of people were killed while walking and biking: 21 pedestrians and four bicyclists were victims of lethal traffic crimes–including six year-old Sofia Liu and an 86 year old man who were both killed in crosswalks–the highest number since 2007. Last year, 18 people lost their lives needlessly as a result of traffic-related collisions.

Yet, despite the City’s 2013 release of the Pedestrian Strategy, which identified the most dangerous six percent of roads where more than 60% of pedestrian crashes occur (see map), and  repeated calls for much-needed, engineering improvements for street safety, more targeted and data-driven, traffic crime enforcement, and effective education, San Francisco has made limited progress to improve the safety of people walking on the city’s increasingly chaotic streets.

In response to increasing number of traffic-related injuries and deaths, in 2014 Walk SF and a coalition of community groups, including the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition, called on City leaders and agencies to formally adopt Vision Zero by funding and implementing the engineering, enforcement, and education efforts required to:

  1. Fix the known dangerous locations where people are being injured on our streets – the majority of which are in the SoMa and Tenderloin neighborhoods — by delivering on-the-ground improvements quickly;
  2. Ensure full and fair enforcement of traffic laws, with a focus on the most dangerous behaviors, problematic locations and at-fault drivers;
  3. Invest in training and education programs for all road users, with a focus on frequent drivers, who spend the most hours on the road and are involved in a disproportionate number of fatalities and serious collisions.

Vision Zero Commitments

To date, ten city agencies including the Mayor, the Board of Supervisors, San Francisco’s Department of Public Health, San Francisco’s Municipal Transportation Agency, and the San Francisco Police Department have formally adopted Vision Zero policies and benchmarks to reduce injuries and deaths from preventable traffic collisions. The SFPD have committed to enforcement efforts including focusing citations on the most dangerous driving behaviors (including the leading cause: speeding), reporting, citing and investigating injury collisions, and training all officers on crash prevention.

Vision Zero Coalition

Join Walk SF and the community groups supporting Vision Zero including Alamo Square Neighborhood Association, California Walks, CC Puede, Central City SRO Collaborative, Chinatown Community Development Center, Chinatown TRIP, College Hill Neighborhood Association, Community Housing Partnership, Council of Community Housing Organizations, Excelsior Action Group, FDR Democratic Club of San Francisco, Folks for Polk, Friends of Monterey Blvd., Hayes Valley Neighborhood Association, Independent Living Resource Center of San Francisco, Lighthouse for the Blind, Livable City, Mission Community Market, Mission Economic Development Association, North of Panhandle Neighborhood Association, Pedestrian Safety Advisory Committee, OWL San Francisco, San Francisco Bicycle Coalition, San Francisco National Federation of Filipino American Association, SF Housing Action Coalition, SF Bay Walks, San Francisco Unified School District, Senior & Disability Action, sf.citi, SOMCAN, South Beach Mission Bay Merchant Association, Tenderloin Housing Clinic, Tenderloin Neighborhood Development, TODCO, United Playaz, and the Yerba Buena Alliance.

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Learn more about Vision Zero initiative and the growing movement to save lives through infrastructure, enforcement technology, and targeted education.

Help build the voice for safer, greener streets today! To help support more walkable neighborhoods throughout the city, join or renew as a Walk SF member today.