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:
- 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;
- Ensure full and fair enforcement of traffic laws, with a focus on the most dangerous behaviors, problematic locations and at-fault drivers;
- 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
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.
Download the following resources to learn more:
- Vision Zero Progress Report: a review of the City’s progress during its first year of the goal (available 2/10/15).
- Automated Safety Enforcement Flyer: a fact sheet on a proven, targeted enforcement solution to support Vision Zero.
- Street Score 2014: Walk SF’s first, annual report card on walking.
- Vision Zero Flyer: help call for an end to ALL traffic-related deaths in 10 years by sharing this fact sheet.
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.