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SF Appeal | February 13, 2015

A Year After A Driver Killed Paul Lambert On Van Ness Avenue, Are Pedestrians Any Safer In SF?

One year ago today, at about 1 a.m. on February 13, 2014, Mageb Hussain, driving 48 mph in a 25 mph zone struck and killed 35-year-old Paul Lambert as he attempted to cross a Van Ness Avenue mid-block near Pacific Avenue…Read more… 

 

Streetsblog | Februry 11, 2015 

One Year Into Vision Zero, Advocates Call for Bolder Action From City Hall

 A year after City Hall officials first pledged to embrace Vision Zero, safe streets advocates have released a report [PDF] reviewing the state of efforts to end traffic fatalities by 2024…Read more…

 

Chronicle | February 10, 2015

Safer Streets

Smartphone thefts have dropped dramatically in San Francisco and at least two other major cities since “kill switches” started appearing in more cell phones, said District Attorney George Gascón, who has pushed the change…Read more…

 

KABC7 | February 10, 2015

San Francisco Unveils New Pedestrian Safety Efforts

SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) –There are new pedestrian safety efforts in San Francisco. On Tuesday, the city unveiled the latest component of its ambitious “Vision Zero” campaign…Read more…

 

SF Examiner | February 10, 2015

SF launches vehicle training program to improve safety on streets

Mayor Ed Lee announced Tuesday the launch of a large-vehicle training program that will educate truck drivers on how to safely traverse The City’s streets as part of its Vision Zero strategy aiming to eliminate all traffic deaths in San Francisco by 2024…Read more…

 

Mission Local | February 9, 2015

Crash on South Van Ness Injures Three, Sparks Crackdown

A collision between a Jaguar sedan and a Toyota pickup truck at South Van Ness and 14th Streets left two pedestrians and the sedan driver seriously injured Saturday evening, according to initial reports by KGORead more…

 

Streetsblog | February 6, 2015

Will the SFMTA Board Demand Complete Protected Bike Lanes on Polk Street? 

Police data shows that between 2006 and 2011, 53 pedestrians and 69 bicycle riders were injured by drivers on Polk, or about two people per month, and the city has designated the street as a “high-injury corridor.”

“I’m not worried about getting hit by a bike. I’m worried about getting hit by a car,” said resident Gregory Arenius, who described nearly getting run over by drivers as he walks his baby carriage through crosswalks on Polk. “Free and easy parking isn’t a right… finding you parking isn’t the city’s responsibility. The safety of people on the street is.”…Read more…

 

San Francisco Examiner | February 6, 2015

Officials to seek state law change to end San Francisco’s ‘culture of speeding’ 

With some effective traffic measures such as 20 mph speed limits and automated speed enforcement cameras requiring changes to state law, city leaders say they will pursue the measures this legislative session. The focus comes as The City has adopted Vision Zero, a goal to end all pedestrian and bicyclist deaths by 2024…Read more…

 

Next City | January 23, 2015

NYC, San Francisco on Different Paths to Pedestrian Safety

New York isn’t the only city celebrating an anniversary: San Francisco’s version of the same campaign also launched a year ago this month. Because eliminating traffic fatalities will only work through a series of cultural shifts (on top of policy and design changes), I spoke with advocates about the wildly different cultures that define each city, and how — or if — they’re beginning to see change…Read more…

 

SFBay.ca | January 13, 2015

Report Calls for Smaller City Fire Trucks

For pedestrians and bicyclists in San Francisco, smaller roads mean increased safety, but for fire trucks, narrow roads pose a challenge…Read more…

 

Streetsblog | January 13, 2015

SFPD Traffic Commander’s Strategy for Safer Streets: Finger-Wagging

The reason so many people are getting killed by drivers on SF’s streets apparently has nothing to do with the fact that every station but one is failing miserably to adhere to the department’s “Focus on the Five” enforcement strategy…Read more…

 

San Francisco Chronicle | January 10, 2015

SF Traffic Fatalities Dip, But Not Bad Behavior

Nicole Schneider, director of Walk San Francisco, which advocates for pedestrians, said she thinks the city is moving in the right direction — but a lot more needs to be done…Read more…

 

San Francisco Examiner | January 7, 2015

SF may slow down street repaving projects as costs increase

Nicole Schneider, executive director of Walk San Francisco, a nonprofit pedestrian-safety advocate group, said that road repaving projects do bring “bundled” pedestrian-safety measures, such as bulb-outs, but she cautioned against using the PSI score as the only measure of the transportation system…Read more…

 

San Francisco Examiner | January 2, 2015

Vision Zero advocates push forward as pedestrian deaths decline in 2014

Pedestrian fatalities in San Francisco in 2014 were down slightly from the previous year, but still higher than the past several years, a figure that traffic-safety officials and advocates hope to drive down with Vision Zero projects planned throughout 2015…Read more…

 

KQED | January 1, 2015

How San Francisco Plans to Reduce Pedestrian Deaths

Pedestrian fatalities in San Francisco in 2014 were down slightly from the previous year, but still higher than the past several years, a figure that traffic-safety officials and advocates hope to drive down with Vision Zero projects planned throughout 2015…Read more…

 

San Francisco Chronicle | December 31, 2015

Scavenger hunt in the Mission and prep for the SF Marathon

It’s the new year and time for some resolutions to bring you health, happiness and well-being in 2015. Walk San Francisco is bringing you two options that will do all of the above…Read more…

 

San Francisco Chronicle | November 22, 2014

Supes All Riled Up about Interim Board President 

Political insiders gathered in the Board of Supervisors chambers at City Hall on Tuesday to watch, as was alternately predicted, a “Game of Thrones”-like battle or a knife fight. The agreed upon Twitter hashtag for the event was #prezaggedon…Read more…

 

KQED | November 10, 2014

Ed Lee Promises to Cut Through Bureaucracy on Traffic Deaths

On Friday, safe streets advocates and the families of victims killed in collisions held a rally and memorial on the steps of San Francisco City Hall to call on Mayor Ed Lee to take quick action to fix the city’s most dangerous streets…Read more…

 

Streetsblog | November 10, 2014

Safe Streets Advocates: “Enough is Enough” — Time to End Traffic Violence

The recent spate of drivers killing or maiming pedestrians has both City Hall leaders and SF agencies running out of excuses for their snail’s-pace implementation of measures that would make city streets safer…Read more…

 

Sacramento Bee | November 8, 2014

Pedestrian Deaths Spark Concern in San Francisco

Community activists in San Francisco are urging city officials to hasten their efforts to make the streets safer for pedestrians and bicyclists…Read more… 

 

KTVU | November 7, 2014

Advocates Call for Street Safety Improvements Following 18th Deadly Accident

Pedestrian safety advocates in San Francisco are calling on city leaders to speed up the pace of street safety improvements….Read more…

 

KNBC | November 7, 2014

Rally to Fight Traffic Violence after Golden Gate Transit Kills Jogger

A coalition of pedestrian friendly advocates are holding a rally on Friday morning at San Francisco City Hall to protest “traffic violence,” after a 51-year-old jogger was killed by a bus the day before…Read more…

 

KABC | November 7, 2014

Activists Plan Rally After Another SF Pedestrian Killed by Bus

San Francisco police are investigating the death of yet another San Francisco resident hit by a bus…Read more…

 

San Francisco Chronicle | November 7, 2014

Somber Memorial in SF to Dozens Killed in Traffic Accidents

Twenty-eight pairs of white-painted shoes — one for each person killed in a traffic collision this year — sat on the steps of City Hall Friday morning, a somber reminder of how deadly San Francisco’s streets have become…Read more…

 

San Francisco Bay | November 7, 2014

Pedestrian Advocates Rally for Safety

Family members and friends of those killed this year in traffic collisions held a memorial on the steps of City Hall Friday morning, chanting: “Enough is enough. The time is now”…Read more…

 

Streetsblog | November 6, 2014

Tomorrow: Rally for Vision Zero After Spate of Traffic Violence 

A coalition of street safety advocates will hold a rally on the steps of City Hall tomorrow morning at 10 a.m., calling upon city leaders and agencies to step up the action on Vision Zero. The event will also serve as a memorial to victims of traffic violence….Read more…

 

Streetsblog | October 15, 2014

Advocates: Ocean Ave Plans Come Up Short for Safer Bicycling at Balboa Park

city proposal for Ocean and Geneva Avenues would do little to make bicycling safer and more comfortable between the Balboa Park BART and Muni station and destinations west of City College’s main campus, say bike advocates…Read more…

 

SF Chronicle | October 13, 2014

Police Commission adopts zero-tolerance domestic violence policy

The San Francisco Police Commission has adopted a zero-tolerance domestic violence policy for prospective employees, unanimously approving a general order stating that no one who has been convicted of a domestic violence offense will even be considered for hiring…Read more…

 

Streetsblog | October 11, 2014

 SFMTA Proposes New Car Restrictions, Extended Bus Lanes on Lower Market

Last week, the SFMTA presented its proposal to ban private auto drivers from turning onto Market Street, between Third and Eighth Streets. The move would be complemented with extended transit-only lanes, plus a new system of wayfinding signs aimed at keeping drivers off of Market…Read more…

 

World Journal | October 9, 2014

International Mayor Li Mengxian to accompany children in walk as they celebrating  school day  (Chinese)

 

Streetsblog | October 9, 2014

SF Officials Tout School Zone Safety Upgrades on Walk and Roll to School Day

On another record-breaking Walk and Roll to School Day, Mayor Ed Lee and other city officials held a press conference to tout recently-completed pedestrian safety measures on streets surrounding Bessie Carmichael Elementary in SoMa, and three schools in the Avenues…Read more…

 

SF Chronicle| October 9, 2014

Walktober: Warm month is a perfect time to be ambulatory

October is the month to celebrate walking, here in San Francisco and across the globe. This Walktober, Walk SF and partner groups have a lineup of events guaranteed to get you moving before the holidays kick in…Read more…

 

SF Chronicles | October 8, 2014

IMAGE on Front Page of SF Chronicle

On International Walk and Roll to School Day, students at Bessie Carmichael Elementary School in the South of Market area formed “walking school buses” to get to school from Victoria Manalo Draves Park between Folsom and Harrison streets. The global event involves communities from more than 40 countries walking and biking to school as part of a campaign for year-round safe routes to school…Read  more…

 

Bay City News | October 8, 2014

SF Announces Safety Improvements In School Zones On Walk To School Day

On International Walk to School Day, Mayor Ed Lee today announced that the San Francisco Municipal Transit Agency has completed safety modifications around several San Francisco school areas in order to improve pedestrian safety and encourage families to walk, bike or take public transit to school…Read more…

 

Streetsblog | October 8, 2014

NACTO Street Design Guides Now Official Policy in SF

The Board of Supervisors yesterday voted unanimously to establish the National Association of City Transportation Officials’ Urban Street and Urban Bikeway Design Guides as official policy for all city agencies, as proposed by Supervisor Scott Wiener…Read more…

 

SF Examiner | October 8, 2014? ?Record number of SF students take part in Walk and Roll to School Day

Nearly a year ago, city officials and pedestrian safety advocates began pushing Vision Zero, which aims to eliminate traffic deaths in San Francisco by 2024, and the latest related effort was unveiled this morning as part of the international Walk and Roll to School Day…Read more…

 

SF Examiner | October 8, 2014

Look out for students on streets for Walk and Roll to School Day 

Commuters around San Francisco on Wednesday morning should take extra caution as about 14,000 students and 84 schools are participating in international Walk and Roll to School Day…Read more…

 

Streetsblog | October 7, 2014

Witness: Hit-and-Run Driver Fled With Victim in Sunroof, Tried to Toss Booze

A drunk driver who hit a man crossing the street at Valencia Street and Duboce Avenue Sunday continued to drive with the victim hanging head-first inside the sunroof, according to a witness who saw the vehicle stop outside his home on Market at Guerrero Streets…read more…

 

SF Chronicle | September 10, 2014

Walk and Roll to School Day

School is back in session, and families around the Bay Area are incorporating the daily school trek back into their routines…Read more...

 

Streetsblog | September 4, 2014

Tomorrow: Hearing on Traffic Signals to Speed Muni on Haight, McAllister

On the agenda [PDF] for tomorrow’s SFMTA public engineering hearing are proposals to speed up Muni lines with transit-priority traffic signals and bus bulb-outs along Haight and McAllister Streets…Read more… 

 

Yes Magazine | September 2, 2014

For Walkers and Cyclists, A Swedish Road-Planning Strategy Helps Save Lives

More than 4,500 pedestrians are killed and more than 68,000 are injured by motor vehicles every year on the streets of America. The victims are disproportionately children, seniors, and people of color…Read more…

 

SFist | August 18, 2014

Pedestrian Hit While Hailing a Cab in the Mission Sustains Life-Threatening Injuries In more bad news about pedestrians being hit by cars over the weekend — which includes a two-year-old girl struck and killed in a hit-and-run — a 28-year-old man is in the hospital with life-threatening head injuries after being struck on Mission Street near 24th Street.. Read more…

 

KTVU | August 18, 2014

Pedestrian Safety Stepped up on 1st Day of School On this first day of school, San Francisco parents around the city were encouraged to walk their children to campus. It’s seen as a way of bonding and highlighting street safety.

 

SF Appeal | August 18, 2014

Police Step up Pedestrian Safety Enforcement as Kids Go Back to School Police and street safety advocates are reminding San Francisco drivers that with school back in session starting today, they need to watch out for children walking to school…Read more…

 

San Francisco Chronicle | August 13, 2014

Peak2Peak Hits its Stride and the Big 10 Next month’s 10th annual Peak2Peak walk is a near half-marathon urban trek that scales 10 peaks throughout the city. Every year the route changes, inviting walkers to explore new paths, neighborhoods and vistas…Read more…

 

San Francisco Bay Guardian | August 12, 2014

Shahum Leaving SF Bike Coalition to Study Vision Zero San Francisco cyclists are losing a key advocate — but this and other US cities may next year gain a knowledgeable new leader for Vision Zero, the ambitious program for eliminating all pedestrian deaths — with today’s announcement by Leah Shahum that she is stepping down as executive director of the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition at the end of the year…Read more…

 

KTVU | July 28, 2014

Officials Look to Make Sunset Blvd in San Francisco Safer for Pedestrians. San Francisco police and transit officials say drivers have for too long treated Sunset Boulevard as a freeway, endangering pedestrians trying to make it across the six lane road.

 

Streetsblog San Francisco | July 24, 2014

Court Applies Reckless Driving to Bikes. When will Gascon Apply it to Cars? A California state appeals court ruled last week that “reckless driving” can be applied to people on bicycles who kill or injure others, just as it’s applied to people driving. Read more…

 

San Francisco Chronicle | July 16, 2014

Walking Market & Octavia’s Living Spaces in San Francisco In 2008, with strong support from the Hayes Valley community, the City passed the Market & Octavia Neighborhood Plan to encourage growth with transit-first, pedestrian-friendly urban design. Read more…

 

San Francisco Bay Guardian | July 15, 2014

San Francisco to Study Dropping Speed Limit to 20 mph for Pedestrian Safety As a part of a citywide effort to eliminate all pedestrian deaths by 2024, San Francisco will study the impact of reducing speed limits to 20 mph. Read more…

 

KQED News | July 14, 2014

San Francisco to Study Lowering Speed Limit to 20 mph With growing concern about pedestrian safety in San Francisco, and the city getting on board with a plan to end all traffic deaths within 10 years, Supervisor Eric Mar wants to study lowering speed limits to 20 mph, especially on streets with high collision rates. Read more…

 

The Sacramento Bee | July 6, 2014

San Francisco Works to Improve Pedestrian Safety. In an effort to make San Francisco streets safer, at least three city agencies in the past year have begun supporting a strategy called Vision Zero, aimed at ending pedestrian fatalities within the next 10 years.

 

Streetsblog San Francisco | July 1, 2014

Supervisor Mar Wants to Study How Lower Speed Limits Could Improve SF Supervisor Eric Mar requested a city study last week about how lower speed limits could benefit San Francisco. Although lowering speed limits without implementing physical traffic calming measures isn’t a panacea for safer streets, the measure does hold promise as a first step toward saving lives and implementing Vision Zero. Read more…

 

Streetsblog LA | June 20, 2014

Speaking with Seleta Reynolds, Garcetti’s New LADOT GM Nominee Earlier today, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti nominated Seleta Reynolds to be the new general manager for LADOT. Reynolds currently works for the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA), where she leads three teams in the Livable Streets subdivision. Read more…

 

San Francisco Chronicle | June 18, 2014

Land o’ Lakes: Hike Takes People through Golden Gate Park Next month, Walk San Francisco will help you carve out some time for nature in your own backyard. Join longtime Walk SF member Ellen Campbell and District 1 Supervisor Eric Mar on a 4-mile guided walk through Golden Gate Park. Read more…

 

KTVU | June 16, 2014

City Expected to Come to a Compromise on Street Width. The San Francisco Fire Department is sorting through a compromise on street width as  the city works to finalize plans for a development that will replace Candlestick Park in the city’s Bay view District.

 

San Francisco Examiner | June 13, 2014

Forty Short-Term Road Safety Projects Puts San Francisco on the Road Toward Zero Traffic Deaths by 2024 San Francisco is on track to implement 40 highly pedestrian safety projects by January 2016 as it strives to eliminate traffic fatalities within the decade under a Vision Zero policy recently adopted by city officials. Read more…

 

CBS San Francisco | June 10, 2014

San Francisco Community Groups Receive Grants to Protect and Educate Pedestrians As San Francisco struggles to combat an alarming rate of pedestrian deaths and injuries, several local community groups are receiving money to educate residents. Read more…

 

San Francisco Chronicle | May 21, 2014

Hidden SoMa: Safer Streets, Green Alleys Treat for Walkers Next month, Walk San Francisco will lead a walk to take a closer look at both the mean and green streets of SoMa. Read more…

 

Yahoo News | May 21, 2014

Did Cooper Stock Really Have to Die? In 1997, Sweden passed a piece of legislation, Vision Zero, with the goal to reach zero pedestrian deaths in all of Sweden. Under the program people are valued over cars, safety over efficiency. At the start of this year, city officials in New York, San Francisco and Chicago announced they would embrace Vision Zero more fully. Read more…

 

ABC 7 News | May 12, 2014

Traffic Signals Going in at Deadly Intersection Crews will begin installing traffic signals this week at an intersection on San Francisco’s Sunset Boulevard where an elderly man was fatally struck in February and two other pedestrian accidents have occurred this year. Read more…

 

Streetsblog San Francisco | May 9, 2014

SFPD Tickets to Peds, Cyclists Grow 7x Faster than “Focus on the Five” The SFPD may be working towards its “Focus on the Five” goals — focusing traffic enforcement on the five most dangerous violations, all by drivers — but meanwhile, it’s really ratcheting up its ticket enforcement against those walking and bicycling. Read more…

 

San Francisco Examiner | May 7, 2014

More San Francisco Agencies Signing on to Pedestrian Safety Initiative Vision Zero San Francisco’s police and public health departments didn’t wait to formally adopt Vision Zero resolutions before taking measures to eliminate pedestrian traffic fatalities. Read more…

 

Streetsblog San Francisco | April 29, 2014

Scott Wiener Proposes to Curb SFPD’s Push for Wider Streets The San Francisco Fire Department has not let up in its fight against narrower roads in the city, protesting measures like bulb-outs and traffic lane removals that make streets safer. Supervisor Scott Wiener today proposed legislation that challenges the SFFD’s stance. Read more…

 

San Francisco Chronicle | April 26, 2014

Mystery Bicyclist Whose Death Nearly Passed Unnoticed is IDd Harold Swaggard often felt ignored in life. He was almost ignored in death, too. Read more…

 

San Francisco Chronicle | April 25, 2014

Surveying the Megablocks of Mission Bay: See Changes in Area On May 17, Walk San Francisco will host its monthly walk in Mission Bay. Participants will explore the megablocks of the city’s most visible redevelopment project, now home to biotech companies, UCSF, new housing developments and Mission Creek. Read more…

 

SF Weekly | April 23, 2014

Curbside Manner: Police are Stepping up Efforts to End the Ancient Conflict Between Man and Car Earlier this month, a police source told SF Weekly, “You have no idea how much pressure is coming down to write traffic citations.” Last week, we all found out. Read more…

 

ABC 7 News | April 22, 2014

SFPD to Crack Down on Violators for Pedestrian Safety In a few hours there will be a big crackdown on San Francisco streets — the police operation will be targeting the city’s biggest hotspot for pedestrian accidents and fatalities, Van Ness Avenue between Market Street and Geary. Read more…

 

San Francisco Chronicle | April 21, 2014

S.F. Sunday Parking Meter Charge Voted Down After being bombarded for hours from all sides, the city’s SFMTA board voted to give up $11 million in annual revenue and go along with Mayor Ed Lee’s plan to stop charging for parking in metered spaces on Sundays. Read more…

 

San Francisco Chronicle | April 20, 2014

Keep an eye out when on foot in San Francisco In January, this column suggested a New Year’s resolution that everybody who traverses San Francisco’s streets – drivers, bicyclists and pedestrians alike – be more considerate and pay more attention. So far this year, seven pedestrians and one bicyclist have been killed on the city streets and plenty more have been hurt. Read more…

 

KTVU | April 15, 2014

Officials Look for Ways to Reduce Pedestrian Deaths Seven pedestrians have been killed so far this year in San Francisco. The City is waging a campaign to make streets safer. Read more…

 

San Francisco Examiner | April 15, 2014

SFMTA Begins Moving on Vision Zero Projects San Francisco’s Vision Zero plan to eliminate traffic deaths within a decade is moving beyond the vision stage toward concrete projects. Read more…

 

KTVU | April 15, 2014

New SFMTA Budget Hikes Cash Fares, Eliminates Sunday Meters. Tuesday evening the SFMTA passed a budget that included a 25-cent increase in cash fares for parking meters, but kept the Clipper Card rate the same and eliminated the enforcement of meters on Sundays.

 

SFBay | April 12, 2014

City Projects Tackle Pedestrian Safety San Francisco’s transportation agency announced during The City’s second annual Walk to Work Day Friday that it had completed one of 24 pedestrian and bike safety projects outlined in the Vision Zero plan. Read more…

 

SF Appeal | April 11, 2014

City Leaders Hit the Pavement for Walk to Work Day Many San Francisco city leaders, public safety officials and community members took to the streets this morning for the second annual Walk to Work Day, an event organized by pedestrian advocacy group Walk San Francisco to promote safe streets and walking culture. Read more…

 

Streetsblog SF | April 11, 2014

SFMTA Announces 24 Vision Zero Bike/Ped Projects for Next 24 Months At this morning’s Walk to Work Day press conference, SFMTA Director Ed Reiskin announced a plan to implement 24 bike and pedestrian safety projects over the next 24 months. Read more…

 

KTVU | April 11, 2014

Police Make Arrest in Hit-and Run That Killed 80 Year-Old-Woman. Weeks after a hit and run crash that left an 80-year-old woman dead, San Francisco police made an arrest in the case.

 

CBS San Francisco | April 10, 2014

San Francisco Police Issuing More Traffic Citations to Curb Pedestrian Deaths The number of traffic citations issued by police in San Francisco has risen through the first three months of 2014 due to an enforcement effort to stem the surge of pedestrian fatalities in the city. Read more…

 

SF Weekly | April 10, 2014

Stop Being Lazy and Walk to Work Tomorrow Tomorrow, San Franciscans will ditch their car keys and Clipper Cards and instead hike to the office as part of a public event to reclaim the streets amid the recent spike in pedestrian accidents. Read more…

 

SFist | April 9, 2014

Get Free Stuff Simply by Walking to Work this Friday As San Francisco celebrates its second annual Walk to Work Day this Friday, Walk SF encourages walkees to visit local businesses to power up with free Clipper cards, totes, Clif Bars, and coffee. Read more…

 

SF Appeal | April 7, 2014

72-Year-Old SF Man Identified as Pedestrian Killed by Driver on Van Ness A pedestrian who was fatally struck near San Francisco City Hall on Sunday night has been identified as 72-year-old Il Sun Im. Read more…

 

San Francisco Chronicle | March 26, 2014

Walk to Work Day: S.F. Event Offers More Hubs, Prizes On April 11, take the most healthy, sustainable and low-cost form of transportation to work: your feet. During Walk to Work Day, take a peek at all the gems that walking allows you to discover along your route. Read more…

 

Streetsblog San Francisco | March 25, 2014

SFPD Finds SUV in Crash that Killed Oi Yeung, 82; Driver Still at Large SFPD has found the SUV in the crash that killed 82-year-old Oi Yeung in a crosswalk at Bayshore Boulevard and Visitacion Avenue Thursday morning, after which the driver fled the scene. Read more…

 

CBS San Francisco | March 24, 2014

Vision Zero, the Plan to End Pedestrian Deaths on San Francisco Streets KCBS’ Patti Reising and Ed Cavagnaro sit down with Nicole Schneider, the executive director for Walk SF, San Francisco’s only pedestrian advocacy nonprofit group, to discuss the rising number of pedestrian injuries and deaths and Vision Zero. Read more…

 

Streetsblog San Francisco | March 13, 2014

Section of Arguello Blvd in the Presidio Widened for Sidewalk, Bike Lanes City officials held a press conference yesterday to tout the widening of Arguello Boulevard in the Presidio to add sidewalks and bike lanes. Read more…

 

Streetsblog Los Angeles | March 12, 2014

Bill Suspending Hit-and-Run Drivers’ Licenses Passes Assembly Committee The California Assembly’s Public Safety Committee voted 7-0 Tuesday to approve A.B. 1532, which would require an automatic license suspension for drivers who flee the scene of a crash where a person is hit, even if that person is not injured. Read more…

 

Streetsblog San Francisco | March 12, 2014

Irving Transit Bulb-Outs Downsized to Appease SFFD, Parking Complainers Sidewalk widenings on Irving Street in the Inner Sunset, proposed by the SFMTA to make it safer and easier for tens of thousands of commuters to board the N-Judah, have been cut down in size to a fraction of the original proposals due to neighborhood complaints about losing car parking and protests from the SF Fire Department. Read more…

 

San Francisco Chronicle | March 7, 2014

S.F. Announces $17 Million Plan to Make City Safer to Walk Mayor Ed Lee has announced a plan to invest millions to build safer intersections, and supervisors and pedestrian advocates have called on city agencies to develop a Vision Zero strategy to eliminate all fatal vehicle collisions in 10 years. Read more…

 

San Francisco Bay Guardian | March 6, 2014

ABC7?s Pedestrian Safety Coverage Courts Controversy ABC7 News Investigative Team’s new “investigative report” on pedestrian safety stirred controversy this week as street safety advocates called out the video for its insensitivity towards pedestrian deaths and lax attitude toward unsafe drivers. Read more…

 

ABC 7 News | March 6, 2014

Pedestrian Safety Plan Announced in San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee and city leaders kicked off their city-wide action plan to increase pedestrian safety for people walking in the city. The Mayor described the plan as data driven, using safety statistics and city maps collected through the Department of Health and San Francisco Police Department to target areas that have had the highest number of pedestrian collisions. Read more…

 

KTVU | March 6, 2014

SF Mayor Announces $17 Million in Funding for Pedestrian Improvements. San Francisco will spend $17 million in the coming years on pedestrian safety projects in spots identified as the most dangerous areas of the city for those on foot.

 

Streetsblog San Francisco | March 6, 2014

Mayor Lee Unveils 5-Year Plan to Improve Safety at up to 265 Intersections Today Mayor Ed Lee and city officials announced a five-year plan to implement pedestrian safety upgrades at 170 priority intersections. Read more…

 

KQED News | March 6, 2014

San Francisco to Focus on Most Dangerous Intersections for Pedestrians San Francisco transportation officials have unveiled a new round of street safety initiatives to curb pedestrian deaths and injuries by targeting the city’s most dangerous intersections for makeovers. Read more…

 

San Francisco Examiner | March 6, 2014

SF Announcing More Plans to Boost Pedestrian Safety The most dangerous streets for pedestrians in San Francisco will be getting extra attention over the next five years as The City puts more resources into safety improvements proposed by WalkFirst, a new initiative being unveiled today. Read more…

 

ABC 7 News | March 3, 2014

I-Team Investigates What’s Causing Pedestrian Deaths Five people have been killed walking on the streets of San Francisco this year. The I-Team wanted to see what is causing the spike in pedestrian deaths, and we spent months on the streets investigating the problem. Read more…

 

Streetsblog San Francisco | February 28, 2014

DA Gascón to Hire Attorney Dedicated to Vehicular Manslaughter Cases District Attorney George Gascón has announced that he will hire an attorney devoted to handling vehicular manslaughter cases, in what could be a major step toward bringing accountability to drivers who kill. Read more…

 

San Francisco Chronicle | February 26, 2014

Three Pedestrian-Friendly Events Happening Soon in S.F. The days are getting longer, and Walk San Francisco has a spring in its step as a season full of events unfolds that will celebrate people, our streets, health, the environment and, of course, walking. Read more…

 

KTVU | February 21, 2014

New Pedestrian Safety Efforts Focus on Elderly. Mildred Lusardi, a 90-year-old woman, was killed on Fillmore Street Thursday afternoon in the city’s fifth pedestrian fatality this year.

 

San Francisco Examiner | February 19, 2014

Potential Safety Benefits Stir Calls to Discuss Fees for Downtown Drivers As concern grows over the number of vehicles injuring and killing pedestrians in The City, a congestion pricing proposal that studies have shown could reduce such incidents remains little talked about and a political hot-button issue. Read more…

 

Streetsblog San Francisco | February 19, 2014

Ped Signal at Sunset and Yorba, Where Man Was Killed, Sped Up by a Year On deadly Sunset Boulevard, the SFMTA’s plans for a new pedestrian-activated stop light at Yorba Street have been advanced by a year. The signal, originally scheduled to go in by the end of 2016, is now set to be activated by the end of 2015. Read more…

 

San Francisco Examiner | February 19, 2014

Expansion of Free Youth Muni Proposed As the talks for the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency’s two-year budget got rolling Tuesday, a call to expand a free Muni for youth pilot program emerged as an early rallying point. Read more…

 

San Francisco Examiner | February 19, 2014

SF Takes Step Forward in Education for Pedestrians, Cyclists and Drivers While the City’s yet-to-be-adopted Vision Zero plan calls for eliminating pedestrian fatalities through engineering, enforcement and education, the education piece is moving along on various fronts of its own. Read more…

 

KQED News | February 17, 2014

How Can Cities Keep Pedestrians and Bicyclists Safer? Rising numbers of pedestrian fatalities in San Francisco and San Jose are drawing attention to what many walking and cycling advocates say is a longtime problem. Read more…

 

KTVU | February 13, 2014

Officials and Residents Remember Pedestrian Accident Victims. There is a call today to protect pedestrians and make San Francisco streets safer. Friends and city officials gathered to remember people who have been hit and killed while trying to cross streets in the City.

 

SF Appeal | February 13, 2014

Pedestrian Advocates, Collision Survivors Converge on City Hall to Demand Change Several people who have been hit by cars but survived spoke at San Francisco City Hall today, calling for safer roadways and better driver education. Read more…

 

ABC 7 News | February 13, 2014

Group Makes Push to End Pedestrian Deaths in San Francisco There’s a big push underway to stop what feels like open season on pedestrians in San Francisco. Today, the group Vision Zero took a public stand and said enough is enough. Read more…

 

Streetsblog San Francisco | February 13, 2014

Supes, SFPD, SFMTA Stand with Crash Victims and Advocates at City Hall SFPD officials, transportation department heads, and three supervisors stood outside City Hall this morning alongside safe streets advocates and people whose lives have been affected by traffic violence. Read more…

 

KTVU February 13, 2014

Collision Survivors, Advocates Call for Safer SF Streets. A vigil was held at San Francisco City Hall Thursday in remembrance of pedestrians killed on city streets.

 

San Francisco Chronicle February 9, 2014

Pedestrian Death Nothing New on Perilous Sunset Boulevard People who live or work near Sunset Boulevard on San Francisco’s western edge were saddened when a 78-year-old man was fatally struck by a car last week while traveling across the street in a crosswalk. Read more…

 

San Francisco Chronicle February 5, 2014

Streets of S.F. a Road Hazard as Pedestrian Deaths Spike Pedestrians continue to be maimed and killed by cars on San Francisco streets, and some city officials and residents think part of the reason is that the city has been slow to follow through with its proposals to improve street designs and crack down on drivers who break traffic laws. Read more…

 

CBS San Francisco | February 4, 2014

SFMTA Adopts Policy That Seeks to Eliminate Pedestrian, Cyclist Traffic Deaths On Tuesday, the SFMTA Board of Directors approved a Vision Zero Policy to eliminate pedestrian and cyclist fatalities within a decade. Read more…

 

San Francisco Appeal | February 4, 2014

Medical Examiner Identifies Man Killed in Grisly Sunset Boulevard Collision A man struck and killed by a car in San Francisco’s Sunset District this morning has been identified by the medical examiner’s office as 78-year-old Isaak Berenzon. Read more…

 

ABC 7 News | February 4, 2014

Advocacy Group Wants Monthly Pedestrian Safety Projects Another pedestrian was hit and killed in San Francisco Tuesday, just as the city’s transportation agency was holding a meeting about pedestrian safety. Read more…

 

KQED News | February 4, 2014

As S.F. Transportation Officials Back Street Safety, Another Pedestrian Dies On a day that saw yet another pedestrian struck by a car and killed in San Francisco, city transit officials vowed action on a plan that aims to end such fatalities within a decade. Read more…

 

Yahoo.com February 4, 2014

Group Wants Monthly Pedestrian Safety Projects in SF A pedestrian was hit and killed in San Francisco today, coincidentally just as the City’s Transportation Agency was holding a meeting about pedestrian safety. Read more…

 

NBC Bay Area February 4, 2014

Pedestrian Killed by Car in SF’s Sunset District A man was struck and killed by a car as he crossed a busy thoroughfare in San Francisco’s Sunset District Tuesday morning, and neighbors said afterward that the street is known to be dangerous to pedestrians. Read more…

 

San Francisco Chronicle February 4, 2014

SFMTA Faces Host of Challenges With a deadly and deepening pedestrian safety problem, struggling transit and taxi systems and a boom in bike riding, San Francisco faces an abundance of transportation challenges. Read more…

 

San Francisco Examiner February 3, 2014

SFMTA Board to Address Plan to End Pedestrian, Cyclist Deaths in SF At an annual budget workshop today, San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency board members will, among other issues, consider adopting a Vision Zero policy aimed at eliminating pedestrian and cyclist fatalities in The City within a decade. Read more…

 

San Francisco Chronicle January 29, 2014

Love for Walking: Open Heart to Stronger Body, Mind Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and Walk San Francisco is spreading our love to everyone who walks. Whether it’s for your heart, your sweetheart or your neighbors, we challenge you to do the same. Read more…

 

San Francisco Chronicle January 25, 2014

Walkers Just Add to Perils on San Francisco Streets Nicole Schneider, executive director of Walk San Francisco, agrees with the widespread notion that everybody needs to be more responsible on the city’s busy streets. But the bottom line is that there will always be human error – in cars and on foot – and the city needs to do a much better job ensuring the streets and sidewalks are built so mistakes don’t lead to deaths. Read more…

 

Curbed San Francisco January 24, 2014

OPA Architects Imagine Greener, Safer Intersections for S.F. Ogrydziak Prillinger Architects have partnered with advocacy group Walk San Francisco to completely rethink the basic design of an intersection. Read more…

 

The Architect’s Newspaper January 22, 2014

A Life-Saving Proposal for San Francisco’s Sidewalks Can better design save lives? With help from AIA San Francisco, Ogrydziak Prillinger Architects partnered with local advocacy organization Walk San Francisco in a bid to improve pedestrian safety at street crossings. Read more…

 

LA World Journal January 22, 2014

Jinshan Community Gathers on Pedestrian Casualties Multiple organizations rallied in front of City Hall to urge the government to take more stringent measures to improve traffic safety. Read more…

 

BeyondChron January 22, 2014

Vision Zero Activists Pressure SFMTA Board on Pedestrian Safety On Tuesday, scores of supporters headed to City Hall in order to continue to put pressure on San Francisco to make the city’s streets safe for pedestrians, cyclists and other non-drivers. Read more…

 

San Francisco Appeal January 21, 2014

Advocates for People Who Don’t Want to be Struck by Drivers (or Their Cars) to Rally at City Hall Tuesday In the wake of several recent deaths, bicyclist and pedestrian advocates are planning to hold a rally outside San Francisco City Hall on Tuesday as they continue to call for safer streets. Read more…

 

Talk 910 KKSF January 21, 2014

Rallying Around Cyclist and Pedestrian Safety “We’re really operating on an un-level playing field when you’re looking at an urban environment.” Listen…

ABC 7 News | January 20, 2014

Pedestrian, Bike Advocates to Rally for Safety Improvements in SF In the wake of several recent deaths, bicyclist and pedestrian advocates are planning to hold a rally outside San Francisco City Hall on Tuesday as they continue to call for safer streets. Read more…

 

SF Weekly | January 20, 2014

Are You Sick of Pedestrians Getting Hit by Cars? Several community groups, including Walk SF and the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition, are planning to rally outside City Hall tomorrow afternoon to make noise about the out-of-control pedestrian collisions as of late. Read more…

 

San Francisco Examiner | January 20, 2014

Pedestrian, Bike Advocates to Rally at San Francisco City Hall for Safety Improvements In the wake of several recent deaths, bicyclist and pedestrian advocates are planning to hold a rally outside San Francisco City Hall as they continue to call for safer streets. Read more…

 

Fog City Journal | January 19, 2014

Spike in San Francisco Pedestrian Fatalities Sparks City Response San Francisco Police Chief Greg Suhr is promising to implement new enforcement measures to help curb a disturbing rise in pedestrian deaths in the city. Read more…

 

KRON 4 | January 17, 2014

Pedestrian Struck by Car in Nob Hill A pedestrian was struck by a car in San Francisco’s Nob Hill neighborhood this afternoon, a police spokesman said. Read more…

 

San Francisco Bay Guardian | January 17, 2014

Police Pledge New Pedestrian Safety Reforms, and to Revisit Collision Cold Case At last night’s meeting on pedestrian safety, Police Chief Greg Suhr promised to re-open a traffic collision case that left a 31-year-old woman with a traumatic brain injury. Read more…

 

KQED News | January 17, 2014

San Francisco Police Vow Tougher Enforcement to Curb Pedestrian Deaths San Francisco Police Chief Greg Suhr is promising to implement new enforcement measures to help curb a disturbing rise in pedestrian deaths in the city. Read more…

 

The San Francisco Appeal | January 17, 2014

SF’s Pedestrian Safety Crisis: SFPD Chief Vows to Enforce Existing Laws San Francisco city leaders and police officials pledged during a joint hearing at City Hall Thursday night to strengthen enforcement of traffic violations and work to prevent fatal collisions as more and more cars, bicycles and pedestrians make their way around the city. Read more…

 

CBS San Francisco | January 17, 2014

San Francisco Pledges to Boost Traffic Safety After Deadly Crashes San Francisco city leaders and police officials pledged during a joint hearing at City Hall Thursday night to strengthen enforcement of traffic violations and work to prevent fatal collisions as more and more cars, bicycles and pedestrians make their way around the city. Read more…

 

San Francisco Examiner | January 16, 2014

Lee Unveils Push for Pedestrian Safety Measures As a coalition calls on Mayor Ed Lee to support a plan to end pedestrian deaths in The City within 10 years, he made his own push Wednesday for a driver education campaign, planned safety measures for two busy streets and ramped up police enforcement. Read more…

 

San Francisco Chronicle | January 16, 2014

In S.F., Pedestrian Deaths Shine Light on Street Safety Twenty-one people were struck and killed by drivers while walking the streets of San Francisco last year, the highest number of pedestrian deaths since 2007 in a city where three people on an average day get hit by cars or trucks. Read more…

 

San Francisco Examiner | January 16, 2014

Mayor’s Vision for Transportation Falling Short on Safety: Citizens Call for Action As San Francisco’s streets become increasingly hostile, with a nearly record-high number of tragedies last year, the lack of decisive action from our Mayor  is startling. Read more…

 

NBC Bay Area | January 15, 2014

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee Announces Pedestrian Safety Plans In advance of a joint hearing Thursday by San Francisco politicians and police on pedestrian safety, Mayor Ed Lee has released plans for increased enforcement, training and a citywide public awareness campaign on the issue. Read more…

 

SF Weekly | January 15, 2014

S.F. Calls on Mayor Ed Lee to Do Something About These Pedestrian Accidents — Now Community groups and politicians are teaming up, calling on the mayor, the cops, and the director of transportation in San Francisco to put an end to all the pedestrian accidents that have, as of late, been out of control. Read more…

 

Streetsblog San Francisco | January 15, 2014

NYC Mayor de Blasio Pursues “Vision Zero” While Ed Lee Displays Zero Vision New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and San Francisco Mayor Ed lee both issued press releases recently addressing traffic violence, demonstrating varying levels of commitment to making safer streets a major priority. Read more…

 

NBC Bay Area | January 15, 2014

Uber Driver Arrested in San Francisco Crash That Killed Girl A driver with the San Francisco ridesharing service Uber was arrested on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter for striking and killing a 6-year-old girl in the city’s Tenderloin neighborhood on New Year’s Eve. Read more…

 

San Francisco Bay Guardian | January 14, 2014

Safety Scramble In 2012, 16 pedestrians were killed in vehicle collisions in San Francisco. That number jumped to 21 in 2013, according to the SFPD, and the new year has brought new collisions and more pedestrian deaths. As the debate over safer city streets continues to unfold, the road to pedestrian safety looks to be bumpy. Read more…

 

Streetsblog San Francisco | January 14, 2014

Imagine No Deaths: Supes, Safe Streets Advocates Call for “Vision Zero” A coalition of safe streets advocates, community organizations, and city supervisors have launched a campaign for San Francisco to join leading cities in adopting a “Vision Zero” goal — an end to traffic deaths on city streets within ten years. Read more…

 

Fast Company | January 10, 2014

Redesigning Crosswalks Into a Network of Mini-Parks to Save Pedestrian Lives Even though San Francisco is known as a walkable city, it isn’t exactly safe: On average, three pedestrians are hit by cars every day. A new design proposal for city streets could change that, while also rethinking the idea of a street as public space. Read more…

 

Streetsblog San Francisco | January 10, 2014

More SFPD Pedestrian Victim-Blaming: Taraval Station’s Insane Flyer The SFPD’s campaign to chide pedestrians for getting run over by reckless drivers has manifested itself in a flyer distributed by Taraval Station in the Sunset since last summer. Read more…

 

San Francisco Chronicle | January 8, 2014

Run, Don’t Walk on S.F. Streets San Francisco’s streets have never been more dangerous for pedestrians. Last year’s toll of walkers killed by drivers was the highest in six years, and the past two-week increase suggests the number could head higher in 2014. Read more…

 

BeyondChron | January 8, 2014

Is it Safe to be a Pedestrian in San Francisco? Two New Year’s Eve incidents that saw two pedestrians killed by vehicles in San Francisco sparked a social media barrage that highlighted a growing concern among SF residents that crossing streets can be a dangerous affair. Read more…

 

Streetsblog San Francisco | January 7, 2014

DPW Tallies the Vote Before Committing to More Ped Space on Potrero The Department of Public Works has selected a design option for the two most heavily-contested blocks of Potrero Avenue following a vote by attendees of two public meetings. Read more…

 

San Francisco Examiner | January 6, 2014

Fatally Struck Pedestrian to be Honored as Safety Measures Sought in Chinatown At the first Board of Supervisors meeting of the year, board President David Chiu will honor an 84-year-old activist who was fatally struck by a car late last year in Chinatown, which, according to the San Francisco Pedestrian Strategy, is part of the district with the highest rate of pedestrian injuries since 2006. Read more…

 

San Francisco Examiner | January 2, 2014

Two Fatalities Close Out High Year for Pedestrian Deaths About four hours before the clock struck midnight Tuesday, a driver struck a family of three, killing a 6-year-old girl and marking an end note to a year marred with the highest number of pedestrian fatalities since 2007. Read more…

 

KQED News | January 2, 2014

UberX Driver Arrested On Vehicular Manslaughter Charge San Francisco police Thursday released the names of two men arrested on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter for separate collisions on New Year’s Eve that killed a 6-year-old girl and an 86-year-old man. Read more…

 

Streetsblog San Francisco | January 2, 2014

SFPD Arrests Two Drivers After Holiday Spate of Pedestrian Deaths In what could be a departure from the SF Police Department’s usual failure to penalize reckless driving, officers have arrested two of the five motorists who have killed people on San Francisco streets since December 20. Read more…

 

ABC 7 News | January 1, 2014

Deadly Pedestrian Accident, Driver Claimed He Drove for Uber The driver involved in a deadly car accident in San Francisco may be a driver with the popular ride service, Uber. That accident on New Year’s Eve in the city’s Tenderloin neighborhood killed 6-year-old Sofia Liu. Read more…

 

KTVU | January 1, 2014

Girl Killed Crossing Road Tops Deadly Year on SF’s Streets. A few flowers and a candle mark a memorial on the northwest corner of Polk and Ellis Streets in San Francisco’s Tenderloin district, where 6-year-old Sophia Liu was killed New Year’s Eve as she crossed the street with an adult and another child.

 

Times-Herald | December 27, 2013

San Jose: Pedestrian Deaths in City Reach Nearly Two-Decade High with Few Answers for Spike This has been a particularly dangerous year on roadways throughout San Jose, with 26 traffic fatalities involving a pedestrian or bicyclist – the highest total since at least 1997 and the most of any city in the Bay Area. Read more…

NDTv | December 21, 2013

Prosecutors Reminded the Public to Remember Traffic Safety this Holiday The San Francisco DA’s Office held a press conference to remind the public to pay attention to traffic safety this holiday season. Read more…

NBC Bay Area | December 20, 2013

Recology Garbage Truck Kills Pedestrian, 3rd Death Since May A Recology garbage truck struck and killed a man early Friday morning in the Tenderloin District of San Francisco, fire officials said, the second such death in less than a month, and the third since May. Read more…

Streetsblog San Francisco | December 19, 2013

With WalkFirst, SF Takes a Data-Driven Approach to Pedestrian Safety The City recently launched the WalkFirst program to lay a data-driven, participatory foundation to attain the main goal of its Pedestrian Strategy — cutting pedestrian injuries in half by 2021. Read more…

San Francisco Examiner | December 18, 2013

Fire Department Hindering Street Safety The City has been doing better recently in terms of street safety, with almost every agency contributing to make our streets safer. The exception to this is the Fire Department, which is blocking treatments like bulb-outs, which would reduce serious injuries and deaths. Read more…

San Francisco Examiner | December 15, 2013

SF is Receiving Vehicle Collision Data Faster with New Database The San Francisco Police Department’s old, inefficient system for compiling accident data is being replaced by Crossroads Software Co.’s Traffic Collision Database. “This is a big step forward for the field of enforcement,” said Nicole Schneider of Walk San Francisco. Read more…

San Francisco Examiner | December 15, 2013

SF Fire Department Remains Concerned about Pedestrian, Cycling Improvement Projects The Fire Department is pushing for modifications to major traffic redesign projects intended to improve pedestrian and cyclist safety, as it opposes widened bike lanes and bulb-outs at crosswalks because they reportedly slow down emergency vehicles. Read more…

Streetsblog San Francisco | December 13, 2013

Fire Chief’s Pedestrian Victim-Blaming: Wrong and Dangerous The Fire Department has not provided any accurate data to back its misguided campaign against bulb-outs and bike lanes on the grounds that they cause delays for emergency vehicles. Read more…

KTVU | December 12, 2013

Pedestrian Accidents Down in 2013, but Still Plague City New statistics show more than 500 pedestrians have been injured or killed in San Francisco in 2013.  While those numbers are on pace to be a slight improvement over 2012, safety advocates say there’s still a long way to go. Read more…

Streetsblog San Francisco | December 9, 2013

Artist Kurt Dalen, 30, Killed by Hit-and-Run Driver on Valencia Near Duboce Kurt Dalen, a 30-year-old Mission District artist, was killed by a hit-and-run driver on Valencia Street south of Duboce Avenue at about 2:45 a.m. last Thursday. Dalen is the 14th pedestrian known to have been killed by a driver in San Francisco this year. Read more…

KTVU | December 9, 2013

Family of SF Hit-and-Run Victim Asks for Public’s Help Pepe Bolorinos, a 25 year-old UC Berkeley economic graduate was struck Tuesday night as he stepped off a curb at Scott and Oak streets. It was one of four hit-and-run incidents in the city last week. Pedestrian advocates say the cases highlight a wider problem on crowded city streets. Read more…

San Francisco Chronicle | December 4, 2013

Tips for Walking 30 Minutes a Day The best gift you can give yourself this holiday season – better than any new gadget and guaranteed not to become obsolete in six months – is a daily walk. Read more…

Streetsblog San Francisco | December 3, 2013

Mayor’s Task Force Proposes Solid First Steps to Fund SF’s Transport Needs The funding measures recommended by the Mayor’s Transportation 2030 Task Force are a promising step toward building out the safe, reliable networks for transit, walking, and biking that San Franciscans need. Read more…

San Francisco Examiner | November 25, 2013

New Effort to Put SF Resources into Pedestrian Safety Several city agencies have jointly launched WalkFirst, a pedestrian safety program aimed at reducing the high rates of injuries and fatalities in San Francisco.“This project marks an important milestone towards advancing pedestrian safety in our city,” said Nicole Schneider, executive director of Walk San Francisco. Read more…

San Francisco Chronicle | November 6, 2013

Walk Cole Valley to the Cloud Forest On November 17, Walk San Francisco’s monthly walk will begin in Cole Valley and lead to Mount Sutro. Walk SF’s monthly walks are one way people who enjoy urban walks can connect with other like-minded members of the community. As the holidays approach, walk enthusiasts are invited to join Walk SF at Woonerven, an annual member celebration. Read more…

KTVU | November 4, 2013

Friends Remember EPA Worker Killed in Car Accident Bryan Goodwin, the 31-year-old man who was fatally struck by a car at the Market Street and Octavia Boulevard intersection was mourned by friends and family Monday night. The intersection has the most collisions in the city – 30 between 2009 and 2011. Read more…

Streetsblog San Francisco | November 4, 2013

Man in Wheelchair Killed by Freeway-Bound Driver at Market and Octavia A 31-year-old man in a wheelchair was killed by a driver at Market Street and Octavia Boulevard around midnight last night. “News of another pedestrian death on Market and Octavia is truly devastating, and reminds us of the dangers pedestrian face when freeways intermix with city streets,” said Walk SF Executive Director Nicole Schneider. Read more…

Streetsblog San Francisco | November 1, 2013

Noticed More “Continental” Crosswalks? They’re Now Standard on SF Streets Crosswalks around San Francisco are being upgraded to the “continental” striping style, also known as “ladder” or “zebra-striped” crosswalks, to make people more visible to drivers when they’re crossing the street. Read more…

SF Weekly | October 31, 2013

It’s Halloween: Please Refrain from Running Over Ghosts and Goblins with your Car San Francisco is the no. 1 place for trick-or-treating and it’s also a top spot for pedestrian fatalities. So on the most walkable holiday, whether your trick-or-treating or bar hopping, Walk SF’s executive director, Nicole Schneider, is asking everyone to be even more attentive than usual. Read more…

San Francisco Examiner | October 29, 2013

Pedestrian-Vehicle Injury Collisions Rising in San Francisco The number of injury collisions involving vehicles and pedestrians is on the rise, as San Francisco strives to become the most walkable city in North America. Read more…

Streetsblog San Francisco | October 29, 2013

Parking-Obsessed Extremists Threaten Plan for Safer Walking on Potrero  Flyers and a petition full of misinformation are being circulated against the city’s proposed safety plan to widen the sidewalks on Potrero Avenue. Read more…

Streetsblog San Francisco | October 28, 2013

Han Cheng Li, 62, Killed By Driver at 16th and Potrero Han Cheng Li was struck and killed by a driver on 16th Street at Potrero Avenue on Saturday night, becoming the 12th pedestrian fatality on San Francisco streets this year. Read more…

Streetsblog San Francisco | October 25, 2013

Double-Parked Driver Chokes Wiggle Intersection; SFPD Nowhere to be Found At an intersection where SFPD frequently target bicycle commuters’ rolling stop signs, a driver double-parked his car and put every passerby in danger for at least 10 minutes, facing no consequences. Read more…

Streetsblog San Francisco | October 24, 2013

SFMTA Shops Folsom Buffered Bike Lane at Crowded Community Meeting The SFMTA’s proposal to widen the Folsom Street bike lane with a buffer zone and remove a traffic lane drew significant turnout at a community meeting in SoMa yesterday evening. Read more…

Streetsblog San Francisco | October 10, 2013

Adorable Scenes from a Record-Breaking Walk and Roll to School Day A record-breaking 13,000 students at 76 San Francisco schools participated in International Walk and Roll to School Day yesterday, including over a hundred little ones who formed a “walking school bus” at E.R. Taylor Elementary. Read more…

San Francisco Chronicle | October 8, 2013

Walk the Bay Takes Trip Across New Bay Bridge On Saturday, Walk San Francisco is partnering with California Walks, Walk Oakland Bike Oakland and Oakland Urban Paths for the inaugural Walk the Bay. Participants in Walk the Bay have two options, a 7-mile walk, from the Emeryville trailhead to the end of the path and back, or a 4-mile walk to the Bay Bridge Trailhead and back. Read more…

San Francisco Examiner | October 8, 2013

San Francisco Expects Record Number of Students for Walk to School Event A record number of more than 12,000 San Francisco elementary school students are expected to walk to school Wednesday as part of International Walk and Roll to School Day. Read more…

Mission Local | September 28, 2013

The Danger Zone of South Van Ness In a city that ranks as one of the most dangerous in the nation for pedestrians, South Van Ness Street is at the top of the list in severe or fatal injuries per mile. The city has taken some steps in the last two years to make it more pedestrian-friendly, but accidents still frequently occur, and residents want to see drastic changes. Said WalkSF’s Executive Director Nicole Schneider, “It’s a slow process, but we’re working with all city agencies to get the ball rolling.” Read more…

Streetsblog San Francisco | September 13, 2013

Nicole Schneider to Succeed Elizabeth Stampe as Director of Walk SF Walk SF’s new executive director is Nicole Schneider, who will take the reins of San Francisco’s pedestrian advocacy organization starting September 23. Schneider has an extensive background in urban planning and advocacy working to improve public health, and said she’s excited to take on the position. Read more…

San Francisco Chronicle | September 11, 2013

Walk and Roll to School: Start a Healthy Habit San Francisco’s Safe Routes to School program is promoting walking and biking citywide, focusing on 15 public elementary schools with lessons, special events and increased traffic enforcement around schools. Read more…

Streetsblog San Francisco | September 11, 2013

SFFD Tries to Quietly Nix Supe Wiener’s Ped Safety Reform in Fire Code The SF Fire Department tried to delete an amendment to the fire code that would allow city agencies more flexibility to widen sidewalks and improve pedestrian safety, according to Supervisor Scott Wiener, who championed the measure. Read more…

Streetsblog San Francisco | August 22, 2013

Without Traffic Calming, Sunset Blvd. Project a Missed Chance to Save Lives The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission’s Sunset Boulevard Greenway Project will replace the underground sewer system and re-landscape the corridor’s grassy medians. But as Elizabeth Stampe of Walk San Francisco points out, “right now the project fails to include any traffic calming, even though Sunset is deadly for walking.” Read more…

San Francisco Chronicle | August 14, 2013

Peak2Peak: Annual Urban Hike’s Rising Popularity Participants in this year’s ninth annual Peak2Peak will explore San Francisco on a guided daylong trek within the city. The event is a fundraiser for Walk San Francisco’s work to make San Francisco’s streets safer and more pleasant for walking. Read more…

San Francisco Examiner | August 8, 2013

San Francisco is Target City in Federal Effort to Improve Pedestrian Safety San Francisco stands to benefit from a campaign launched this week by the U.S. Department of Transportation to reduce risks to pedestrians. San Francisco qualifies for these grants because the Federal Highway Administration considers it a “focus city” due to its high average of 20 pedestrian fatalities each year. Read more…

Streetsblog San Francisco | August 6, 2013

Four Girls Injured After Truck Driver Hits Pole at 24th and South Van Ness Four girls between the ages of 9 and 14 were injured at South Van Ness Avenue and 24th Street in the Mission yesterday after the driver of a semi truck knocked down a traffic light pole, which fell onto the victims, according to police. Walk SF Executive Director Elizabeth Stampe said crashes like these highlight the need for City Hall to take swift action to implement the SF Pedestrian Strategy. Read more…

KQED News | July 23, 2013

San Francisco Cyclist to Get Probation, Community Service in Pedestrian Death San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon announced Tuesday a plea deal with Chris Bucchere, the Marin County bicyclist who notoriously ran over and killed 71-year-old Sutchi Hui at Market and Castro streets in March, 2012. Read more…

San Francisco Chronicle | July 18, 2013

Walk to America’s World Cup: Follow Signs on Waterfront New walking signs are up along the Embarcadero, pointing the way to various destinations with time estimates for walking there. For now, these are a temporary addition for the America’s Cup, but permanent signs are scheduled to go up across the city as part of Mayor Ed Lee’s pedestrian strategy. Read more…

Streetsblog San Francisco | July 11, 2013

SFMTA Looks to Tame Sixth Street With Road Diet, Temporary Parklet Sixth Street, which has one of the highest rates of pedestrian injuries in the city, could receive a road diet after the SFMTA analyzes the impacts of removing two of its four traffic lanes to improve safety. Read more…

Streetsblog San Francisco | July 9, 2013

Supervisor Wiener Wants to Remove Clutter From SF’s Narrow Sidewalks As if San Francisco’s sidewalks weren’t narrow enough, they’re often cluttered with objects like newspaper racks, utility poles, street signs, and utility boxes. In a hearing yesterday, Supervisor Scott Wiener set out to question the necessity of such structures. Read more…

Streetsblog San Francisco | July 8, 2013

Walk SF Monthly Walk: SoMa – Mean Streets, Green Streets Join Walk SF for one of our most popular monthly walks and explore South-of-Market to discover the hidden parks, gardens, and open spaces of this industrial neighborhood. Read more…

Streetsblog San Francisco | July 3, 2013

Advocates: Next SFCTA Chief Needs to Collaborate for a Sustainable Future Sometime this month, a new executive director is expected to be chosen to head the SF County Transportation Authority. Sustainable transportation advocates hope the Board of Supervisors seek a candidate who can improve the agency’s collaboration with other city and regional planning agencies. Read more…

Streetsblog San Francisco | July 2, 2013

Police Commissioners to SFPD: Focus on Drivers Who Endanger Pedestrians Members of the SF Police Commission, a civilian body charged with police oversight, urged SFPD officials at a hearing last week to focus their traffic enforcement efforts on the greatest danger facing people walking: driver violations. Read more…

The Epoch Times | June 20, 2013

SF Market Street Upgrades Slow to Gain Steam The Better Market Street project, an ambitious $250 million revitalization effort, was scheduled to begin this year and address the transit and safety issues the street faces. Disappointment and frustration were expressed at a hearing on the project on Monday, as delays have resulted from insufficient cooperation among the five agencies involved in the project. Read more…

San Francisco Chronicle | June 20, 2013

Market Street: Improvement Project Market Street is one of the city’s most dangerous streets for pedestrians, with its wide cross streets and proximity to freeways. The Better Market Street Project is a city effort to redesign Market Street as a more pedestrian, bicycle and transit-oriented street. Read more…

The Epoch Times | June 5, 2013

Cooperation by City Agencies Could Save Pedestrian Lives New legislation in San Francisco seeks to streamline the process of creating street-safety upgrades by encouraging agencies to cooperate and by changing outdated codes. Read more…

San Francisco Examiner | June 4, 2013

Pedestrian Safety Law Package Takes Step Ahead in S.F. Last year, 964 people were hit by vehicles in San Francisco — the largest number since 2000. Supervisor Scott Weinter intends to address the impediments in implementing pedestrian safety projects through a new package of legislation. Read more…

ABC 7 News | June 3, 2013

New Legislation Aims to Protect Pedestrians in San Francisco Disturbing new statistics released Monday show that about three pedestrians are hit by cars in San Francisco every day. Efforts to make safety improvements are often trapped in bureaucracy, but one city supervisor, Scott Wiener, is trying to change that. Read more…

ABC 7 News | May 27, 2013

Beyond the Headlines Over 600 pedestrians were killed in California in 2010, with more than 12,000 injured. Elizabeth Stampe of Walk San Francisco reports that, “in San Francisco, even though it’s one of the world’s most walkable cities, about 3 people a day get hit by cars…” Read more…

San Francisco Chronicle | May 23, 2013

Walk San Francisco: Monthly City Treks Join Walk San Francisco on June 15 to learn more about the history of San Francisco’s wild coast, including Sutro Heights Park. Read more…

Streetsblog San Francisco | May 22, 2013

Ped Safety Fixes on Sloat, Where Girl was Killed, Moved up to this June Pedestrian safety fixes will be installed on Sloat Boulevard this June, a year earlier than originally proposed. These improvements will focus on the intersection of Sloat and Forest View Drive, where 17-year-old Hanren Chang was killed by a drunk driver in a crosswalk in March. Read more…

San Francisco Chronicle | May 10, 2013

S.F. Streets Can Be Dangerous San Francisco likes to think of itself as the most walkable city in the country. However, in this tiny walkers’ paradise, nine pedestrians have been run down fatally in the first four months of the year. None too soon, Mayor Ed Lee has ordered physical improvements and strategic moves designed to make the walking environment safer. Read more…

San Francisco Examiner | May 6, 2013

Polk Street Improvement Project A Polk Street Open House was hosted on Tuesday, April 30th with the goal to present safer options for multi-modal commuters navigating Polk Street. Read more…

KQED Forum | May 1, 2013

Drivers Not Punished for Pedestrian Deaths The majority of drivers responsible for the deaths of pedestrians faced no criminal charges during a five-year period from 2007-2011 in the largest Bay Area counties. Read more…

San Francisco Chronicle | April 30, 2013

Few Consequences Exist for Drivers Who Kill Pedestrians A Center for Investigative Reporting review of the 434 pedestrians killed from 2007 through 2011 in the five largest Bay Area counties found that one-third of the victims were walking in a crosswalk when they were struck – three times the national average. Read more

Center for Investigative Reporting | April 30, 2013

Car is King in Street Design, to Detriment of Pedestrians The Center for Investigative Reporting found that in each of the Bay Area’s five largest counties, the roads with the most pedestrian deaths are multilane thoroughfares where traffic reaches 35 mph or more. Read more…

Center for Investigative Reporting | April 29, 2013

Bay Area Drivers Who Kill Pedestrians Rarely Face Punishment, Analysis Finds Pedestrian deaths made up more than a quarter of traffic fatalities over the past decade in the two major metropolitan areas in the Bay Area. Yet, more often than not, the drivers responsible faced no serious consequences. Read more…

San Francisco Chronicle | April 25, 2013

Polk Street – Great Place to Walk, If Risky San Francisco’s Polk Street has some of the highest rates of speeding and failure to yield to pedestrians, though its interesting, varied blocks offer a lot to walkers. Read more…

Examiner.com | April 24, 2013

City Walk or Country Hikes for May Walk San Francisco invites hikers to explore the Pews, Mews and Views of Pacific Heights on Sunday, May 5th at 10am with Walk SF board member, Lynne Newhouse-Segal leading the hike. Read more…

The Epoch Times | April 17, 2013

Safer Walking in San Francisco San Francisco, currently a dangerous place for pedestrians, is eager to become the most walkable city in North America by improving pedestrian safety on its streets. Read more…

Streetsblog San Francisco | April 16, 2013

Is SFPD Serious About Cracking Down on Distracted Driving? SF District Attorney George Gascón and SFPD Traffic Company Commander Mikail Ali held a press conference last Thursday to bring attention to distracted driving, since April is officially National Distracted Driving Awareness Month. Read more…

San Francisco Examiner | April 14, 2013

SF’s Pedestrian Strategy is a Step in the Right Direction San Francisco has the chance to become a model U.S. city for pedestrians by fully embracing the proposed new Pedestrian Strategy, which Mayor Ed Lee unveiled Friday. Read more…

California Newswire | April 13, 2013

SF Mayor Lee Launches Initiative to Improve Pedestrian Safety and Reduce Pedestrian Injuries in San Francisco On Thursday, S.F. Mayor Edwin M. Lee announced the launch of San Francisco’s Pedestrian Strategy to increase walkability around the City and make all neighborhoods safe for pedestrians as outlined in the Mayor’s Pedestrian Safety Executive Directive. Read more…

CBS San Francisco | April 12, 2013

SF Plans Overhaul of Dangerous Intersections in Wake of Pedestrian Deaths San Francisco will re-design some of its most dangerous intersections, adjusting the timing traffic signals and fixing crosswalks’ curb ramps all over the city, with the goal of cutting pedestrian deaths in half by the end of the decade. Read more…

Ecology Center | April 12, 2013

Walk to Work Day San Francisco is the nation’s first city to officially launch Walk to Work Day! Stop by one of Walk SF’s official Walk to Work Day hubs to get your sticker, enter to win prizes, and fuel up with coffee, treats and a Free Clipper card pre-loaded with a ride home. Read more…

SF Weekly | April 12, 2013

Walk to Work Day: A Pedestrian Idea? Today’s inaugural Walk to Work Day saw 9 of San Francisco’s 11 supervisors join the mayor in walking to work, with many originating their journeys from cafes or watering holes in their neighborhoods. Read more…

San Francisco Examiner | April 12, 2013

San Francisco Rolling Out Plan to Improve Pedestrian Safety As San Francisco celebrates the nation’s first Walk to Work Day today, Mayor Ed Lee will unveil a strategy that aims to cut serious pedestrian injuries and fatalities in half by 2021. Read more…

SF Weekly | April 12, 2013

Get Off Your Lazy Round Rump and Walk to Work Today Today, San Francisco will be the first city in the nation to officially celebrate Walk to Work Day where our city leaders, including Mayor Ed Lee, and hopefully you, will abandon your car, bike, and bus ride and make your way to work with the greenest mode of transportation out there – your two legs. Read more…

SF Appeal | April 12, 2013

Mayor Lee, SF Supervisors Walking to Work Today Several city leaders will be lacing up their walking shoes this morning to join participants in the city’s first official Walk to Work Day. Nonprofit group Walk San Francisco is organizing the effort to get commuters to hit the pavement instead of the gas pedal to get to work this morning. Read more…

UBM Future Cities | April 12, 2013

Lace Up, San Francisco: It’s Walk to Work Day! Today is San Francisco’s official Walk to Work Day, and it’s a great idea for all cities. The event is organized by Walk San Francisco, a non-profit pedestrian advocacy group in conjunction with the city and sponsors. Read more…

FunCheapSF | April 12, 2013

Walk to Work Day 2013: Free Coffee & Free Clipper Cards San Francisco is the nation’s first city to officially launch Walk to Work Day on April 12, 2013 – walking just 15 minutes of your commute counts, and you can get some free goodies and join a happy hour party after work at 5:30pm. Read more…

Streetsblog San Francisco | April 11, 2013

Tomorrow: Join SF’s First Official Walk to Work Day Tomorrow, San Francisco launches the first official Walk to Work Day in the nation. Mayor Ed Lee and nine supervisors plan to take a stroll and join a press conference on the steps of City Hall. Read more…

San Francisco Chronicle | April 11, 2013

Walk to Work Day: S.F. Makes It Official Caffeinate, walk, tweet, repeat. That’s the recipe for Friday, when San Francisco becomes the nation’s first city to celebrate Walk to Work Day. Read more…

San Francisco Examiner | April 10, 2013

Bike and Pedestrian Enhancements Don’t Necessarily Hurt Business A small but vocal group of San Francisco residents and merchants is vehemently opposed to removing parking on Polk Street to make way for a bike lane. Members have organized well enough to persuade The City’s transit agency to rethink its approach to the proposal. Read more…

Streetsblog San Francisco | April 10, 2013

Bike/Ped Advocates Back Wiener’s Move to Curb Superfluous CEQA Appeals Pedestrian and bicycle advocates hope that legislation currently making its way through the Board of Supervisors will curb late and costly California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) appeals. The legislation would establish local deadlines to appeal development and street projects that are declared exempt from CEQA’s onerous EIR requirements. Read more…

Huffington Post | April 10, 2013

Walk to Work Day Makes Its San Francisco Debut This Friday, San Francisco will host the country’s first Walk to Work Day. Organized by pedestrian advocacy group Walk San Francisco, the event aims to bring awareness to the importance of street safety. Read more…

About.com San Francisco | April 10, 2013

Walking Campaign Underfoot in San Francisco Friday, April 12, 2013 is dubbed Walk to Work Day in San Francisco, and we are said to be the first city in the country to officially host such an event. Walk San Francisco is the organizer of the day. Read more…

San Francisco Examiner | April 8, 2013

Mayor Ed Lee, Others Plan to Participate in First Walk to Work Day Mayor Ed Lee, pedestrian safety advocates and nearly every member of the Board of Supervisors are expected to participate in Walk to Work Day on Friday, an event billed by its organizers as the first of its kind in the nation. Read more…

SFist | April 8, 2013

Friday: S.F. Will Host Nation’s First ‘Walk to Work Day’ This Friday, San Francisco becomes the first city in the nation to officially launch a Walk to Work Day. Nine city supervisors and Mayor Ed Lee will be walking to work from their respective neighborhoods. Read more…

Streetsblog San Francisco | April 8, 2013

This Week: Plan the Bay Area, Walk to Work, and Sunday Streets On Friday, San Francisco will become the nation’s first city to officially celebrate Walk to Work Day, and there are plenty of ways to participate and get some goodies on your way to work. Read more…

San Francisco Chronicle | April 8, 2013

Hey Commuters: Take a Hike On Friday, San Francisco will become the first city in the nation to host Walk to Work Day. Event organizer, Walk San Francisco, will host a number of hubs with free giveaways for participants walking to work. Read more…

Streetsblog San Francisco | April 5, 2013

Residents Call for Safer Streets in Speed-Plagued District 7 District 7, one of San Francisco’s most suburban in character, has seen three of this year’s six pedestrian deaths so far. At a hearing yesterday called by D7 Supervisor Norman Yee, residents called upon city agencies to slow drivers on dangerous high-speed streets that cut through their neighborhoods. Read more…

KQED Forum | April 5, 2013

Improving Bike and Pedestrian Safety on Polk Street San Francisco city officials are considering ways to make Polk Street safer and more pedestrian and bicyclist-friendly. Read more…

The Epoch Times | April 3, 2013

San Francisco Reconsiders Sixth Street Design During a walking tour of Sixth Street in San Francisco, a group of citizens, pedestrian advocates, and SFMTA engineers discussed strategies to redesign the street. Sixth Street from Market to Howard is considered highly unsafe, with significant numbers of fatal injuries caused by motor vehicle collisions. Read more…

World News Network | April 2, 2013

Department of Transportation Hosts a Public Consultation to Improve Safety on Sixth Street The SFMTA invited pedestrian rights’ groups to visit major intersections along Sixth Street and provide recommendations for improving its safety. Read more…

Streetsblog San Francisco | April 2, 2013

After 6 Ped Deaths in 3 Months, SF Needs City Hall Action on Street Safety In the first three months of 2013, six pedestrians have been killed on San Francisco streets. At that rate, the city is on course for pedestrian deaths to rise for the third year in a row. Read more…

KTVU | April 1, 2013

City Officials Move to Make 6th Street More Pedestrian Safe Pedestrian fatalities in San Francisco have jumped over the last two years, and some say the City is not moving fast enough to help save lives. Said Elizabeth Stampe of Walk SF, “If we fix about 5 miles of streets a year over the next decade, we can actually cut injuries and fatalities in half.” Read more…

San Francisco Chronicle | March 31, 2013

S.F. Pedestrian Safety Projects Stalled Pedestrians are killed on San Francisco’s streets every few days, while bureaucratic gridlock between San Francisco’s various public agencies prevents the implementation of crucial safety projects. Read more…

San Francisco Examiner | March 31, 2013

Spate of Fatalities Again Raises Concerns about Pedestrian Safety in San Francisco So far this year, five pedestrians have been killed by motorists on San Francisco streets, and pedestrian advocates such as Elizabeth Stampe of Walk SF are wondering why more isn’t being done to improve protections. Read more…

Streetsblog San Francisco | March 15, 2013

Driver Kills Hector Arana, 69; SFPD: “It was Just an Unfortunate Accident” A driver hit and killed 69-year-old Hector Arana on Wednesday morning on six-lane San Jose Avenue in the Outer Mission neighborhood. “San Jose…could really use gateway treatments to communicate to drivers that they have left the freeway and are now in a community where people live and walk, and they need to watch out,”said Elizabeth Stampe, executive director of Walk SF. Read more…

San Francisco Chronicle | March 12, 2013

SF Pedestrian Safety Rules May Get Help At Tuesday’s Board of Supervisors meeting, Supervisor Scott Wiener proposed a series of ordinances that would make it easier for developers to build pedestrian safety projects. Read more…

Streetsblog San Francisco | March 12, 2013

Wiener Proposes Bill to Hack Through Red Tape for Ped Safety Upgrades The bureaucratic red tape encumbering San Francisco’s progress on pedestrian safety measures is the target of a new legislative package set to be introduced by Supervisor Scott Wiener at today’s Board of Supervisors meeting. Read more…

San Francisco Chronicle | March 12, 2013

Wiener Wants to Make It Easier to Improve Pedestrian Safety At Tuesday’s Board of Supervisors meeting, Supervisor Scott Wiener proposed a series of ordinances that would make it easier for developers to build pedestrian safety projects. Read more…

Yahoo! News | March 8, 2013

San Francisco Bicyclist to Stand Trial for Manslaughter In March 2012, cyclist Chris Bucchere struck Sutchi Hui, 71, of San Bruno who was crossing Mission and Castro streets. In court yesterday, Superior Court Judge Andrew Cheng ordered Bucchere to stand trial on one count of felony vehicular manslaughter, which could carry with it a maximum of six years in prison. Read more…

Streetsblog San Francisco | March 7, 2013

After Death of Hanren Chang, Meager Safety Fixes May Not Come for 2 Years Family and friends mourning the death of Hanren Chang, who was killed on Sloat Boulevard last Saturday night, are calling for safety fixes to prevent future deaths on the excessively-wide speedway. While safety improvements are in the works for three intersections on Sloat Boulevard, they are not scheduled to be implemented for at least 18 months. Read more…

San Francisco Chronicle | March 7, 2013

Safety Measures Too Slow for Speedy Sloat San Francisco city agencies were granted about $170,000 in federal funds last month to implement pedestrian safety improvements at three intersections along Sloat Boulevard, the street where pedestrian Hanren Chang was hit and killed last Saturday. Anything that makes the street feel less like a highway will help slow drivers down, said Elizabeth Stampe, executive director of Walk San Francisco. Read more…

Streetsblog San Francisco | March 4, 2013

Drunk Driver Kills Hanren Chang, 17, on Sloat Boulevard An allegedly drunk driver was arrested for hitting and killing 17-year-old Hanren Chang on Sloat Boulevard near Vale Avenue on Saturday night. Walk SF Executive Director Elizabeth Stampe said, “It’s time for Mayor [Ed] Lee to mobilize city agencies to make our streets safer for everyone, and prevent more needless tragedies.” Read more…

Streetsblog San Francisco | March 1, 2013

Senator Yee’s Move to Ensure Double-Fine Zones Could Get Supes’ Support State Senator Leland Yee hopes to indefinitely extend the trial period for double traffic fine zones on 19th Avenue, Van Ness Avenue, and Lombard Street, crediting the measures for drops in pedestrian injuries. Elizabeth Stampe, executive director of Walk SF, said the organization supports Yee’s proposal. Read more…

San Francisco Chronicle | February 27, 2013

These Feet Are Made for Walking – to Work This is the time of year you might like to stretch your legs and visit your favorite park. A new project should make your walk easier: Green Connections is a plan to help more people in San Francisco walk to parks and open space. The project will redesign streets with traffic calming to make streets more quiet, safe and attractive. Read more…

Streetsblog San Francisco | February 22, 2013

Will Deadly Sixth Street Finally Get the Pedestrian Fixes It Needs? The deadly stretch of Sixth Street between Market and Howard Streets in the South of Market District may get some long-overdue pedestrian safety fixes. “Right now, the design of Sixth Street prioritizes fast car travel to the freeway instead of the safety and comfort of the people who live and work here,” said Walk SF Executive Director Elizabeth Stampe. Read more…

Streetsblog San Francisco | February 19, 2013

Eileen Barrett, 72, Killed in Crosswalk by Muni Driver on Lake Merced Blvd A Muni bus driver ran over and killed Eileen Barrett, a 72-year-old woman from Daly City, in a crosswalk on Lake Merced Boulevard at John Muir Drive this Saturday. “We await more news from SFMTA on how they are dealing with this tragedy and acting to prevent more,” said Elizabeth Stampe, executive director of Walk SF. Read more…

San Francisco Examiner | February 14, 2013

Pedestrian Safety Projects, Funds in SF to Shift to Major Streets San Francisco plans to shift its traffic-calming strategies this year from its traditional focus on smaller, residential streets to larger thoroughfares. Elizabeth Stampe, executive director of Walk SF, a pedestrian advocacy organization, said the new funding focus is a welcome development. Read more…

KQED Forum | January 31, 2013

Should SF Tear Down Part of I-280? Host Michael Krasny interviews guests Jayme Ackemann, communications manager for Caltrain and John Rahaim, director of planning for the City and County of San Francisco about Mayor Lee’s plan to tear down the northern end of I-280. Listener Elizabeth Stampe of Walk San Francisco writes in support of the plan, saying, “this will take down a major barrier to walking in our city and help reconnect our neighborhoods.” Read more…

San Francisco Chronicle | January 30, 2013

Walk this Way – On Safe S.F. Streets Though San Francisco is more walkable than many cities, many streets are unwelcoming and unsafe for pedestrians. More than 800 people were hit by cars in the city each of the past two years, according to police reports. Read more…

KTVU | January 25, 2013

Ed Lee Proposes to Tear Down Portion of Highway 280 San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee has proposed to tear down part of interstate 280, from 16th Street to its 4th Street ramp near AT&T Park. Walk SF Executive Director Elizabeth Stampe supports the idea, explaining that, “Taking down a freeway and creating surface streets with a mix of homes and shops and jobs can completely transform an area.” Read more…

Streetsblog San Francisco | January 24, 2013

To Boost Shopping in Chinatown, SF Brings Back Ban on Car Parking A week-long trial removal of parking on five blocks of Stockton Street in San Francisco’s Chinatown neighborhood was great for business last year. Mayor Ed Lee announced today that the program will return for another week-long run this year, making room for vendors and the influx of shoppers during the Lunar New Year shopping season. Read more…

Streetsblog San Francisco | January 22, 2013

Melissa Kitson, 44, Killed in Two-Car Crash in SoMa Last Friday, two drivers ran over and killed 44-year-old Melissa Kitson of San Lorenzo at 7th and Howard Streets, the second pedestrian fatality in San Francisco this year. Read more…

Streetsblog San Francisco | January 16, 2013

D7 Supervisor Norman Yee’s First Order of Business: Pedestrian Safety District 7?s new supervisor, Norman Yee, took the earliest opportunity to call for a hearing on pedestrian safety in the neighborhoods he represents. Walk SF Executive Director Elizabeth Stampe said she “applauds Yee’s leadership on this.” Read more…

Streetsblog San Francisco | January 11, 2013

Mayor’s Transpo Chief: “Let’s Be San Francisco and Take Down the Freeway” The idea of removing the northern section of Highway 280 near Mission Bay is gaining more traction as planners look for ways to usher in high-speed rail and transit-oriented development in downtown San Francisco. Read more…

San Francisco Chronicle | January 2, 2013

Walk San Francisco: Ways to Move More San Francisco is a great place to walk; no ice, no snow and the hills offer beautiful views. Walk San Francisco is working to make walking in the city better every day with wider sidewalks, more greening, safer crossings and calmer traffic. Read more…

San Francisco Bay Guardian | December 26, 2012

Putting Transit First Good, reliable, safe transportation is a basic service that everyone should have access to, and something our city has declared a priority with its transit-first policy. San Franciscans support the city’s official transit-first policy, but lacking political will, the city hasn’t delivered on it. Read more…

Streetsblog San Francisco | December 20, 2012

City Moves Forward on a More Pedestrian-Friendly Castro Street San Francisco’s world-famous commercial strip on Castro Street, which gained a popular pedestrian plaz in 2009, is poised to become a more inviting destination as the SF Planning Department develops plans to widen the sidewalks and install other improvements from 17th Street to 19th Street. Read more…

Mayor’s Press Conference | December 19, 2012

San Francisco Moves Forward With Pedestrian Strategy Mayor Ed Lee, Police Chief Greg Suhr, SFMTA chief Ed Reiskin, Walk San Francisco Director Elizabeth Stampe and a variety of community groups discuss walking on San Francisco’s streets and implementing the long-awaited action plan from San Francisco’s Pedestrian Safety Task Force. Read more…

San Francisco Chronicle | December 19, 2012

Mayor Hits Busy Powell Street to Talk About Pedestrian Safety Mayor Ed Lee, Police Chief Greg Suhr, Muni boss Ed Reiskin and a variety of community groups hit the streets this week to discuss the long-awaited action plan from San Francisco’s Pedestrian Safety Task Force. Read more…

SF Appeal | December 19, 2012

Pedestrian Safety Initiative to Target Motorists, Distracted Walkers In the wake of San Francisco’s 18th pedestrian fatality of the year, Mayor Ed Lee today announced details of a plan being drafted to increase pedestrian safety in the city. Read more…

Streetsblog San Francisco | December 19, 2012

Lacking Details, Officials Tout Upcoming SF Ped Action Strategy While there’s no concrete Pedestrian Action Strategy for San Franciscans to read over yet, city officials went ahead and held a press conference today to tell the public the document is coming next month.. Read more…

CBS San Francisco | December 19, 2012

Mayor Lee Announces Plans to Reduce SF Pedestrian Accidents  Last year in San Francisco, 18 pedestrians were struck and killed and 876 were injured by vehicles on city streets. On Wednesday, Mayor Ed Lee talked about a plan to dramatically reduce those numbers. Read more…

San Francisco Examiner | December 19, 2012

San Francisco Pedestrian Plan Could Include Safety Outreach, Lower Speeds Two weeks after safety advocates questioned the slow pace of San Francisco’s pedestrian action plan, the mayor on Wednesday announced details of a proposal that’s being drafted to target particularly dangerous streets and intersections. Read more…

San Francisco Chronicle | December 19, 2012

A Safety Message It’s not often that Mayor Ed Lee, Police Chief Greg SuhrMuni boss Ed Reiskin and a variety of community groups get together to announce that a long-awaited city action plan is not quite done.The report from the city’s Pedestrian Safety Task Force is due out early next year and will call for a variety of changes in the way the city manages traffic. Read more…

Streetsblog San Francisco | December 14, 2012

San Francisco Gets a Long, Ugly Look at SFPD Windshield Perspective A video of an off-duty SF police officer allegedly speeding through the Broadway Tunnel at 100 mph, possibly drunk, has sparked an outcry from street safety advocates. Read more…

Streetsblog San Francisco | December 12, 2012

Supes Reject Legal Appeal Against Fell/Oak Bikeways and Ped Upgrades A legal appeal filed against protected bike lanes and pedestrian safety upgrades on three blocks of Fell and Oak Streets was rejected unanimously by the Board of Supervisors yesterday. Read more…

Streetsblog San Francisco | December 11, 2012

As Advocates Await Pedestrian Action Plan, SF’s 18th Victim Killed This Year While advocates continue to wait for a pedestrian action plan, a man in his 40s was killed by a pickup truck driver in a crosswalk at Market and Beale Streets.“It’s frustrating,” said Stampe, “because the city works very systematically to fix all the streets to a certain paving score, but we don’t see the same sort of systematic, committed approach to saving lives and preventing tragedies. That has to change.” Read more…

Streetsblog San Francisco | December 10, 2012

A Reality Check for the DA’s New Traffic Safety Campaign The traffic safety ad campaign announced today by DA George Gascón fails to target the most common causes of injuries and deaths on San Francisco’s streets. Read more…

San Francisco Examiner | December 7, 2012

Advocates Question Slow Pace of San Francisco Pedestrian Plan Nearly two years after the formation of a Pedestrian Safety Task Force, San Francisco’s pedestrian action plan has yet to secure a funding source or approval from any public agency. Elizabeth Stampe, a task force member and the director of Walk San Francisco, explains that the preliminary action plan has strong goals but no cohesive plan of action. “We really need to see a commitment to funding and leadership from The City to fix the needs that have been identified,” Stampe said. Read more…

Streetsblog San Francisco | December 3, 2012

SFMTA Presents Design Options for a More Livable Polk Street Planners at the SFMTA have unveiled plans for redesigning Polk Street as a better place for walking, biking, socializing and transit. “Polk has been identified by the city as a high-injury corridor for pedestrians,” said Walk SF Executive Director Elizabeth Stampe…Traffic calming, greening, and more sidewalk space were the priorities our members identified on our walk along Polk.” Read more…

Streetsblog San Francisco | November 29, 2012

Planners Refine Ped Upgrades, Protected Bike Lane Designs for Second Street The SFMTA, the Department of Public Works, and the Planning Department presented the public with more refined design options for the 2nd Street overhaul plan. Included in the plan are bike and pedestrian safety upgrades such as corner bulb-outs, raised crosswalks at alleys, and the closure of a dangerous dual right turn lane. Read more…

Golden Gate Xpress | November 28, 2012

Streetscape Project Aims to Improve Pedestrian Safety on 19th Avenue The 19th Avenue Streetscape project will green one of San Francisco’s busiest roads, replacing concrete medians with 5? wide planted plots. The project goal is to increase pedestrian safety through improvements to the landscape of the road. Read more…

Streetsblog San Francisco | November 7, 2012

SFPD Won’t Hold Driver Responsible for Running Over, Killing Sleeping Man On October 23, a 55-year old man was sleeping on a sidewalk on Third Street near Bryant when he was run over and killed by a 28-year-old woman pulling her car out of a garage. According to the SFPD, the man’s death was ruled an “accident,” and the woman will face no charges nor receive a citation. Read more…

Mission Local | October 19, 2012

Campos Pushes for Parks Bond During a town hall meeting at the Mission Rec Center Wednesday, District 9 Supervisor David Campos was asked questions about three separate, but often overlapping, areas of public concern: pedestrian safety and walkable streets, parks and open space and the urban forest. Read more…

San Francisco Chronicle | October 19, 2012

SFMTA Approves Separated Bikeways Along Fell & Oak Streets Earlier this week, the SFMTA unanimously approved the Fell and Oak Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety project, a plan that will bring separated bikeways and traffic-calming measures to the three block corridor of Oak & Fell Streets between the Wiggle and the Panhandle. Read more…

Streetsblog San Francisco | October 18, 2012

SFMTA Reveals Strategy to Streamline Traffic Calming Projects By next spring, the SFMTA plans to implement its revamped traffic calming program. Planners expect the program to be more efficient at prioritizing the neighborhoods with the most severe speeding problems and delivering low-cost improvements like speed humps and traffic islands. Read more…

San Francisco Examiner | October 16, 2012

Revamp to Fell and Oak Streets’ Bike Lanes Unanimously Approved by SFMTA New bike lanes, extended crossing zones and other traffic-calming measures on a three-block stretch of both Fell and Oak streets were approved Tuesday by the SFMTA. “This will help people of all ages walking to and from some of the most beloved parks in San Francisco,” said Elizabeth Stampe, executive director of Walk SF. Read more…

SF Appeal | October 16, 2012

SFMTA Approves Plan to Slow Traffic Along Fell and Oak Streets The SFMTA board of directors decided to go ahead with a bicycle and pedestrian safety project along three blocks of Oak and Fell streets this afternoon. Walk SF executive director Elizabeth Stampe is particularly eager to see the “bulbouts” extend the sidewalk and shorten the crosswalks. Read more…

Streetsblog San Francisco | October 16, 2012

SFPDH Interactive Map Highlights SF’s Most Dangerous Streets for Walking How dangerous is it to cross the street outside your door? A new interactive map created by the SF Department of Public Health shows the location of all pedestrian injuries and deaths from 2005 to 2010, highlighting the corridors that see the bulk of the city’s crashes. “This map shows the city exactly where to focus to save lives,” said Walk SF Executive Director Elizabeth Stampe. Read more…

SF Appeal | October 3, 2012

SF City Officials, Kids, Celebrate Walk to School Day Schoolchildren and local elected officials alike laced up their sneakers Wednesday morning and walked through San Francisco’s Mission District to celebrate Walk to School Day. The walking advocacy group Walk SF helped organize the Mission District event. Read more…

San Francisco Examiner | October 3, 2012

Community Takes Stroll to Mark Walk to School Day in San Francisco To celebrate Walk to School day on Wednesday morning, a group of about 40 students, parents and teachers from Buena Vista Horace Mann K-8 walked from Parque Ninos Unidos at 3090 23rd St. to their school at 3351 23rd St. Read more…

Streetsblog San Francisco | October 3, 2012

Walk to School Day: A Reminder That SF Needs to Make Streets Safer for Kids A continuous “walking bus” of school children spanned several sunny blocks of the Mission this morning as the kids made their way to Buena Vista Horace Mann School.“Drivers just waited and smiled, and everybody had a great morning,” said Elizabeth Stampe, executive director of Walk San Francisco. Read more…

KRON 4 | October 3, 2012

San Francisco Schools Celebrate Walk to School Day Buena Vista Horace Mann was one of 55 San Francisco public schools participating in walk-to-school events today. District officials said nearly 8,500 students would be taking part in the events, which highlighted pedestrian safety and the city’s “Safe Routes to School” program. Read more…

ABC 7 News | October 3, 2012

SF Schoolchildren Celebrate “Walk to School Day” Schoolchildren and local elected officials alike laced up their sneakers Wednesday morning and walked through San Francisco’s Mission District to celebrate Walk to School Day. The walking advocacy group Walk SF helped organize the Mission District event. Read more…

Safe Routes California | October 3, 2012

Walk to School Day in San Francisco Assemblymember Tom Ammiano, MTC Commissioner & SF Supervisor David Campos, and school board president Norman Yee joined students at Buena Vista Horace Mann Elementary School this Walk to School Day. Read more…

The Bay Citizen | October 1, 2012

Wednesday is Walk to School Day Children (and their parents) will be lacing up their sneakers for International Walk to School Day this Wednesday. Organized by Partnership for a Walkable America, the event encourages kids and parents to walk to school instead of driving. Read more…

Marina Times | October 1, 2012

Safer Streets Around Our Schools Since its inception in California, the SFMTA has been a sponsor of San Francisco’s annual Walk to School Day. Held the first week in October, this event promotes good health, safety, physical activity, and concern for the environment by encouraging travel to and from school by foot or bicycle and on public transportation. Read more…

KGO 810 San Francisco | October 1, 2012

Bay Area Kids Celebrate International Walk to School Day It’s International Walk to School day! Hundreds of children around the Bay Area are putting sneakers to pavement and doing their part to help save the environment two feet at a time. Read more…

Streetsblog San Francisco | September 27, 2012

Wayfinding Signs: A Nice Touch for the Developing “Green Connections” Plan One tool that could be used in the SF Planning Department’s Green Connections project was recently implemented downtown and along the Embarcadero: wayfinding signs listing estimated walking times to major destinations. Walk SF Executive Director Elizabeth Stampe said they’re an important way to help encourage walking, since many visitors (and residents) may be surprised to learn how quickly they can hoof it from one neighborhood to another. Read more…

Streetsblog San Francisco | September 24, 2012

DUI Driver Arrested for Killing Man on Potrero Avenue near Highway 101 A man was killed by an allegedly drunk pickup truck driver early Friday morning at the notoriously dangerous junction of Cesar Chavez and Highway 101. “This whole area is incredibly unfriendly and unsafe for walking right now, and local workers and residents have been asking for new crosswalks and other improvements,” said Elizabeth Stampe, executive director of Walk SF. Read more…

Streetsblog San Francisco | September 19, 2012

Plan for a Safer Masonic Gets Final Approval from SFMTA Board A plan for sweeping safety improvements on deadly Masonic Avenue was unanimously approved by the SF Municipal Transportation Agency Board of Directors yesterday. It’s the final decision needed to move the project forward, though the SFMTA says planners still need to finalize the design and secure funding before it’s implemented. Read more…

Curbed SF | September 19, 2012

$18 Million Redesign Makes Masonic Avenue Safer, Prettier After five years of community meetings involving Walk San Francisco, among other groups, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency board unanimously approved plans to modify a stretch of Masonic Avenue between Fell Street and Geary Boulevard into a more pedestrian- and bicycle-friendly boulevard. Read more…

CBS San Francisco | September 19, 2012

SFMTA Approves Plans to Improve Masonic Ave. For Cyclists, Pedestrians Traffic modifications with the “Masonic Avenue Streetscape Improvement Project” between Fell Street and Geary Boulevard were approved after about five years of meeting with residents, neighborhood groups, local representatives, and bike and pedestrian groups, including Walk SF and the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition. Read more…

KALW | September 18, 2012

Look Both Ways, Twice, When Crossing San Francisco’s Streets There are a minimum of 800 people per year who are hit by cars in San Francisco. Pedestrian advocates like Elizabeth Stampe of Walk SF say there are easy things the city can do to fix the problem, like eliminating one-way streets, painting crosswalks more brightly, and extending sidewalk corners so crossings are shorter. Read more…

SF Appeal | September 18, 2012

SFMTA Approves $18 Million Masonic Avenue Redesign The SFMTA board approved plans to create a boulevard on the stretch of Masonic Avenue that connects the North of the Panhandle neighborhood to Lower Pacific Heights. The 167 street parking spots on both sides of the street will be removed, a landscaped median and other greening and lighting improvements will be added, and sections of sidewalks will be widened for pedestrians and bus riders. Read more…

KTVU | September 18, 2012

SFMTA Board Approves Traffic-Calming Plans for Masonic Avenue Traffic modifications with the “Masonic Avenue Streetscape Improvement Project” between Fell Street and Geary Boulevard were approved on Tuesday. The estimated $18 million required for the project has not been entirely secured, but SFMTA, with Walk SF and other groups are working to obtain transit, regional and other grants. Read more…

CBS San Francisco | September 17, 2012

SFMTA Looks At $18M Bike-Friendly Makeover of Masonic Avenue Officials plan to discuss this week a major redesign that would eliminate a traffic lane during commute hours along with almost 170 parking spaces along Masonic Avenue. Instead, there would be a 1.2 mile elevated bike lane and a green median strip. Elizabeth Stampe of Walk SF welcomes the proposal. “There have been many people who have been hit by cars there,” she said. Read more…

KALW | September 11, 2012

Market Street Gets a Facelift In 2016, Market Street, between Octavia and the Embarcadero, will be torn up and repaved. Interviews with various city planners, public officials and nonprofit director Elizabeth Stampe of Walk SF reveal different thoughts on how use this opportunity to best redesign the street. Read more…

San Francisco Examiner | September 8, 2012

Walk Peak2Peak with Walk San Francisco Walk San Francisco’s announces its eighth annual Peak2Peak walk,which will be on Saturday, September 15, 2012. Read more…

Marina Times | September 7, 2012

Peak2Peak Walk on Sept. 15: 10 Peaks in 14 Miles On Walk San Francisco’s eighth annual Peak2Peak walk, participants will see the city in a whole new way, trekking 14 miles along the spine of San Francisco and enjoying views from 10 different peaks. Read more…

San Francisco Examiner | September 6, 2012

Safety Improvements Coming to Ortega Street in Outer Sunset A plan approved by the SFMTA Board of Directors this week will calm traffic and improve safety in 2 separate stretches of Ortega Street in the Outer Sunset. Said Elizabeth Stampe of Walk SF, “We need two types of traffic calming…One to tame the high-speed, dangerous arterials, and one to help communities reclaim their streets as safe space to share and enjoy.” Read more…

San Francisco Examiner | August 30, 2012

Dangerous Intersections Continue to Plague San Francisco A new report on The City’s most dangerous intersections reveals that many continue to be troublesome, leaving safety advocates to wonder why more is not being done to improve conditions. Read more…

San Francisco Examiner | August 23, 2012

Road Diets Used as Tool for Reclaiming Neighborhoods in San Francisco City transportation officials say San Francisco has put more roads on a diet than anywhere else in North America. “If you design a street so that cars travel at safe speeds, its amazing what it can do for a neighborhood,” said Elizabeth Stampe, executive director of Walk San Francisco. Read more…

Streetsblog San Francisco | August 20, 2012

DA Investigating Charges Against Taxi Driver Who Killed Man in Tenderloin The SFPD reports that criminal charges may be brought against the taxi driver who killed a pedestrian on August 11 at Eddy and Larkin Streets.“Walk SF and its members are very pleased to see the fast response from the police and certainly look forward to equally swift action from the District Attorney,” said Walk SF Executive Director Elizabeth Stampe. Read more…

Streetsblog San Francisco | August 14, 2012

Taxi Driver Who Killed Man in Tenderloin Yet to Be Cited or Charged Police are still looking into whether charges could be filed against the taxi driver who allegedly ran a red light at Eddy and Larkin Streets Saturday. Said Elizabeth Stampe, “we expect solid information from the police about how this occurred. Walk SF and its members want to see swift action on this case from the police and, if appropriate, from the District Attorney’s office.” Read more…

Streetsblog San Francisco | August 13, 2012

Man Killed By Alleged Red Light-Running Taxi Driver at Eddy and Larkin A man was killed on Saturday evening by a taxi driver who allegedly ran a red light at Eddy and Larkin Streets in the Tenderloin neighborhood. Elizabeth Stampe of Walk SF noted that this neighborhood is “a real hot spot” for pedestrian injuries, and merits “a renewed conviction from the city to making improvements that save lives.” Read more…

NerdWallet | July 30, 2012

NerdWallet’s Top 4 Sustainable Living Non-Profits in the Bay Area Walk San Francisco was named as one of NerdWallet’s top four sustainable living nonprofits in the Bay Area, acknowledging its diligent efforts to make the streets of San Francisco safer for pedestrians, and to promote the only truly emission-free mode of transportation. Read more…

KQED | July 25, 2012

Pedestrian Fatalities Up in San Francisco As San Francisco implements new measures to improve pedestrian safety, the number of pedestrians killed this year is on pace to surpass the death toll from each of the two previous years. Read more…

The Bay Citizen | July 25, 2012

Pedestrian Fatalities in San Francisco on Pace to Surpass Last Year’s Despite new measures taken to improve pedestrian safety, San Francisco’s pedestrian fatality rate for 2012 is expected to surpass last year’s total of 17 deaths. Elizabeth Stampe, executive director of WalkSF said that while progress has been made, more needs to be done to keep the flow of traffic at lower speeds. Read more…

Streetsblog San Francisco | July 13, 2012

8th Street Buffered Bike Lane A Step Up, But When Will SoMa Really Feel Safe? A new buffered bike lane was striped on 8th Street last week, re-purposing a traffic lane on one of SoMa’s fast, one-way motorways. The new configuration is an improvement, but as Walk SF director Elizabeth Stampe said, “they could certainly do more to narrow the street visually and calm it, make the crossing shorter, and provide some protection for pedestrians.” Read more…

Bay Nature | July 13, 2012

Swallowtail Butterflies Thrive Along SF’s Gritty Streets Amazingly, San Francisco boasts the highest population of swallowtail butterflies in the country, according to a national count. However, swallowtails need different types of food throughout the life cycle, something that San Francisco’s urban planting does not currently provide for. “Planning green spaces is more than just leaving buildings out,” said Elizabeth Stampe of Walk SF. “We could do a lot to help both people and wildlife thrive by choosing which things to plant.” Read more…

San Francisco Examiner | July 12, 2012

Moving Market Street in Right Direction Although Market Street is San Francisco’s central thoroughfare, the artery and its surrounding streets are plagued by vehicle congestion, slow transit service, confusing traffic patterns and patches with rundown and vacant buildings. Its scheduled repaving in 2015 presents an opportunity to reinvent the boulevard through the ‘Better Market Street’ plan. Elizabeth Stampe, director of Walk San Francisco, recommends calming traffic conditions on its intersecting streets as part of this plan. Read more…

The Atlantic Cities | July 11, 2012

When the Bad Guys Ride Bikes Recent cyclist-pedestrian collisions have been generating more attention lately, igniting arguments between cyclist critics and defenders. Elizabeth Stampe, executive director of Walk SF, discusses street safety without expressing an anti-bike sentiment, suggesting that “ …when you’re on a bike, you’re so accustomed to watching out for cars and yourself, you forget there are people on the street that are more vulnerable.” Read more…

Streetsblog San Francisco | July 5, 2012

DPW Repaves First 25 Blocks Using Prop B Bond  Twenty-five blocks of San Francisco’s pothole-ridden streets have been repaved using the $248 million street improvements bond. Walk SF Executive Director Elizabeth Stampe said she looks forward to wider sidewalks and calmer traffic from the bond improvements. Read more…

San Francisco Examiner | June 27, 2012

Remedies Proposed to Decongest Hayes Valley  To improve safety conditions in Hayes Valley, congestion pricing for motorists, new bike lanes on Polk Street, more crosswalks and the implementation of two-way transit routes on local roads are among the remedies being recommended. Elizabeth Stampe, executive director of Walk SF, said this plan could go a long way toward improving safety in the neighborhood. Read more…

Streesblog San Francisco | June 13, 2012

How Can SF Make Streets Safer If We Don’t Know How Dangerous They Are?  A discrepancy in the number of 2011 pedestrian fatalities reported by the SFPD indicates the poor state of public data on street safety in San Francisco. Said Elizabeth Stampe, executive director of Walk SF, ”It’s been frustrating…they simply have no system in place for collecting this fundamental information.” Read more…

SF Appeal | June 7, 2012

Speed Limits On Some SOMA Streets Lowered to 25 MPH The speed limits on parts of Howard, Folsom, Harrison and Bryant streets had previously been 30 mph but are being reduced to 25 mph in an effort to improve safety in the SOMA neighborhood. This project is in line with Walk San Francisco’s objectives, as the director Elizabeth Stampe said, “Calming traffic on the city’s wide, fast, freeway-like streets is a priority for Walk SF.” Read more…

Streetsblog San Francisco | June 1, 2012

Transbay Transit Center to Fill Downtown with People, Not Cars The new Transbay Transit Center, scheduled to open in 2017, is expected to transform San Francisco’s downtown core by focusing new development around a massive regional transit hub in eastern SoMa. Included in the plan are improvements for pedestrians and bicyclists, such as wider sidewalks, road diets, transit lanes, bike lanes and boarding islands. Walk SF Executive Director Elizabeth Stampe said the plan seems like “a great way to create streets where pedestrians truly have priority…” Read more…

Streetsblog San Francisco | May 24, 2012

SFMTA Promotes Walking and Biking as Solution to Muni Shutdown As the SFTMA braces for the 9-day shutdown of Muni’s N-Judah line, the agency has been encouraging the tens of thousands of riders whose commutes will be disrupted to bike and walk to work as a way to avoid the anticipated Muni havoc. The SFMTA has teamed up with biking and walking advocates, and their home page currently sports an alert directing visitors to the websites of Walk San Francisco and the San Francisco Bike Coalition for info on biking and walking. Read more…

Streetsblog San Francisco | May 21, 2012

Sena Putra, 47, Killed by Truck Driver at 13th and Folsom Forty-seven year-old Sena Putra was struck and killed by the driver of a gasoline tanker last Thursday while crossing an intersection with the green light. “The biggest tragedy is that this could have been prevented if this city prioritized safe streets for walking,” said Walk SF Executive Director Elizabeth Stampe. “This intersection and the whole area are built around freeways, not around people. But people still need to cross, just like Sena Putra did.” Read more…

KTVU | May 17, 2012

New Speed Zones Implemented Around 181 SF Schools In an effort to improve pedestrian safety citywide, Mayor Ed Lee teamed up with the San Francisco Municipal Transit Agency and the nonprofit Walk SF to install 803 new speed limit signs within 500 feet of 181 public and private San Francisco schools. Read more…

Streetsblog San Francisco | May 17, 2012

Tomorrow: Why Is the SFMTA Raising a Speed Limit and Closing Crosswalks? An SFMTA hearing will consider increasing the speed limit on Winston Drive and closing two crosswalks on Fulton Street at Funston and 14th Avenues, in direct contrast to the city’s stated goals in its Better Streets Plan. “It’s frustrating to see the city move backward, not only from improving streets for walking, but from its own stated goal of opening all crosswalks,” said Elizabeth Stampe, executive director of Walk SF. Read more…

CBS San Francisco | May 16, 2012

Bus System Gets Green Light for SF’s Van Ness Avenue The Van Ness Avenue Bus Rapid Transit Project has received the green light from the SFMTA and is expected to improve mass transit on one of San Francisco’s most congested streets. Walk SF Director Elizabeth Stampe said the improvements are greatly needed after a decade of planning. Read more…

SF Appeal | May 16, 2012

Speed Limits Near 181 SF Schools Drop to 15 MPH San Francisco city officials have implemented new 15-mph speed zones around 181 public and private schools in San Francisco. Elizabeth Stampe, Executive Director of Walk SF, said the program was modeled after the town of Goleta in Santa Barbara County, and that San Francisco is the largest city to implement the initiative in California. Read more…

NBC Bay Area | May 15, 2012

New, Slower Driving Rules Near SF Schools The speed limit near 181 schools in San Francisco is now 15 mph following the completion of a sweeping overhaul of driving rules that began a few years ago. Said Elizabeth Stampe of Walk SF, ”This is a big step forward for everyone who walks in San Francisco.” Read more…

San Francisco Examiner | May 14, 2012

15 Mph Zones to Aid Kids at 181 Schools Pedestrian safety and transit advocates touted the implementation of 15 mph speed limits in 181 school zones in San Francisco, the completion of a project that began last year. Among the advocates was Elizabeth Stampe of Walk San Francisco, who said the lowered speed zones will not only help kids walk to school safely, “They’ll also calm traffic in neighborhoods throughout the City, making streets more inviting for walking.” Read more…

San Francisco Chronicle | May 14, 2012

Go Slow Around SF Schools As of today, San Francisco is the first large city in California with a 15-mph speed limit around most schools. “Not very many cities have done it,” said Elizabeth Stampe, executive director of Walk San Francisco. “None on the scale of the city of San Francisco.” Read more…

Streetsblog San Francisco | May 14, 2012

SFMTA Completes Implementation of 15-MPH Zones at 181 Schools San Francisco recently became the first major city in California to implement all of its planned 15-MPH school zones. Elizabeth Stampe of Walk San Francisco, a major proponent of the campaign, expressed hope that this will be the first of many cities. Read more…

San Francisco Examiner | May 6, 2012

Three Pedestrian Deaths Elicit Varied Reactions in San Francisco Last year, 17 pedestrians were killed on city streets, and 14 of them died after being hit by private autos. However, the public response to fatal car-pedestrian collisions has been weak compared with responses to the less common cyclist-pedestrian or Muni vehicle-pedestrian fatality. Said Elizabeth Stampe, Executive Director of Walk SF, “I think for a long time, people have assumed that car crashes are inevitable…But these accidents are both preventable and tragic, and its time we started paying attention to them.” Read more…

San Francisco Examiner | April 14, 2012

Double Impact: SF’s Busiest Streets as Dangerous as Ever Despite efforts to improve safety through instituting doubled fine zones on certain major San Francisco roads, traffic-related injuries have actually increased in the last year. Elizabeth Stampe, Executive Director of Walk San Francisco, said that to make a real impact, police enforcement needs to increase along with the double-fine zones.  Read more…

The Atlantic Cities | April 13, 2012

Seeking Pedestrian Advocates in L.A., Where People Actually Do Walk As Los Angeles begins to focus more effort on the pedestrian side of transportation, the need for an active and vocal advocacy group such as San Francisco’s Walk SF becomes increasingly apparent. Read more…

Streetsblog San Francisco | April 11, 2012

Pedestrian Action Plan Ready Soon. Will SF Commit to Building Ped Infrastructure? Over a year after the Mayor’s Pedestrian Task Force began meeting to develop SF’s Pedestrian Action Plan, the SFMTA said the agency expects to finalize the document by late summer. Walk SF director Elizabeth Stampe said she hopes the action plan will push various agencies to better coordinate on street projects to make streets better for walking. Read more…

Streetsblog San Francisco | April 9, 2012

Advocates: Despite Bike-Ped Death, Cars Still Greatest Danger to Peds In the midst of a wave of media attention surrounding the recent fatal bicycle-pedestrian accident in the Castro, walking and bicycling advocates cite the stats and re-affirm that the greatest dangers facing pedestrians are high-speed roads and dangerous driving behavior. “This is a real tragedy,” said Elizabeth Stampe of Walk SF, “But the fact remains that three people a day are hit by cars…and that’s an underestimate.” Read more…

KQED | April 9, 2012

Pedestrian Deaths Bring Safety Issues to the Fore KQED’s Forum program hosted a discussion about safety on San Francisco’s streets. Forum host Michael Krasny spoke with Elizabeth Stampe, executive director of Walk San Francisco, Leah Shahum, executive director of the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition, Captain Al Casciato of the San Francisco Police Department, and Bert Hill, chair of San Francisco’s Bicycle Advisory Committee.  Read more…

SF Appeal | April 6, 2012

Report Says Young Americans Driving Less, SF Official Concurs A transportation report released today by the CalPIRG Education Fund cites an overall trend of decreased driving among Americans aged 16 to 34. Elizabeth Stampe of Walk SF agrees with this finding, providing insight on the many possible reasons behind it. Read more…

San Francisco Chronicle | April 6, 2012

Online Post Recounts How Bicyclist Hit Pedestrian In a ‘troubling’ online post, the cyclist who could face vehicular manslaughter charges for plowing into a pedestrian in San Francisco’s Castro district admitted that he sped into a crowded crosswalk. Said Elizabeth Stampe of Walk SF, ”We expect cars to present a danger, and almost excuse them of that, but don’t expect that of bicycles…Everyone needs to watch out for everyone who’s on the street who’s more vulnerable than they are. There’s a hierarchy of responsibility.” Read more…

The Bay Citizen | April 6, 2012

Pedestrian Group Holds Contest for National Walk to Work Day  National Walk to Work Day has been held on the first Friday in April since 2004. This year Walk San Francisco is celebrating the occasion with a contest for people walking in the city. Read more…

San Francisco Examiner | April 5, 2012

S.F. Bicyclist Involved in Fatal Collision Discusses Incident Online A San Francisco bicyclist could face criminal charges after a fatal collision on March 29 with a 71-year-old man in a Castro crosswalk. Elizabeth Stampe, Executive Director of Walk SF noted that as bicycling becomes mores widespread and transit trends shift, safety standards need to follow suit. Read more…

SF Weekly | April 5, 2012

Walk to Work Tomorrow and Win Prizes  As part of National Walk to Work Day, Walk SF is asking all San Franciscans to walk to their place of employment tomorrow and then tweet or post about it. “San Francisco is one of the best cities in the country for commuting on foot. Plus, it’s a good time to see how the city could improve conditions to make your walk even better,” said Elizabeth Stampe, Walk SF executive director. Read more…

San Francisco Examiner | April 5, 2012

Friday is National Walk to Work Day Local pedestrian advocacy organization, Walk San Francisco, is asking commuters to leave their cars and every other mode of transportation to get back to basics and walk to work on Friday. Read more…

Streetsblog San Francisco | April 5, 2012

Tomorrow: Walk SF Wants to Hear About Your Walk to Work Day As part of National Walk to Work Day, Walk SF is asking all San Franciscans to walk to their place of employment tomorrow and then tweet about it or post about their trek on Facebook. For every post, GJEL Attorneys will donate $25 to Walk SF. Read more…

SF Appeal | April 5, 2012

Appealing Events: Walk to Work Friday (And Win!) On this first Friday of April, Walk SF is recognizing Walk to Work Day with prizes for participants who tweet or post about their walk. Says Executive Director Elizabeth Stampe, “Every commute includes walking, so really, you walk to work every day, but Walk to Work Day offers the opportunity to take the time to look around and really enjoy it.”  Read more…

Examiner.com | April 5, 2012

Week’s End Walks in San Francisco and Beyond Participants in tomorrow’s Walk to Work Day will have the opportunity to win prizes, support Walk SF and help make San Francisco’s streets better for walking. Read more…

MSNBC | April 1, 2012

What Are the 25 Best Cities for Walking?  San Francisco scores an 84.9 walk score, making it the fourth best city in the country for walking. Walk San Francisco and WalkFirst both receive recognition for their work to improve pedestrian safety. Read more…

Prevention | April 1, 2012

The 25 Best Cities for Walking  A recent review of the best US cities for walking rated San Francisco as #4 and noted Walk San Francisco for their promotion of pedestrian activity and safety. Read more…

Streetsblog San Francisco | March 29, 2012

SFPD Issues Targeted Enforcement Plan to Reduce Pedestrian Injuries In a joint statement with Walk SF, the San Francisco Police Department announced yesterday a commitment to reduce pedestrian injuries by targeting dangerous driving, especially in areas with the highest pedestrian injury rates. Read more…

San Francisco Chronicle | March 29, 2012

Adopting a Corner a Simple Way to Keep Street Safer  The Duboce Triange Neighborhood Association’s Traffic Safety Committee has proposed a grassroots solution for decreasing San Francisco’s pedestrian injuries. As discussed with Elizabeth Stampe of Walk SF, adopting a corner and increasing community awareness may decrease the nearly 3 pedestrian injuries a day in the city. Read more…

Streetsblog San Francisco | March 28, 2012

New Plan Would Transform Three Alleyways in West SoMa  Three alleyways in the SoMa neighborhood could soon be transformed into pedestrian-friendly havens with a new approved plan from the SF County Transportation Authority Board. Said Elizabeth Stampe of Walk San Francisco, “The plan and the designs create safe, inviting space in one of the most pedestrian-unfriendly parts of the city.” Read more…

San Francisco Examiner | March 22, 2012

Traffic Plan Aims to Curb Speeding in Busy S.F. Neighborhood  New traffic calming measures and increased law enforcement are hoped to increase pedestrian safety in the Buena Vista and Cole Valley neighborhoods, where motorists often ignore stop signs, don’t yield to pedestrians and generally drive too fast. Read more…

The Bay Citizen | March 12, 2012

Bicyclist Won’t Go to Jail for Pedestrian’s Death  A San Francisco bicyclist will serve 500 hours of community service but no jail time for a misdemeanor charge after hitting and killing a pedestrian last July. Elizabeth Stampe of Walk SF noted the need to protect pedestrians from drivers as well, saying, “I only wish we had serious prosecution of drivers who hit pedestrians with cars, which happens roughly three times day in San Francisco.” Read more…

San Francisco Examiner | March 6, 2012

5-Year-Old Struck by Car While Walking to School  A kindergartner struck and injured by a car while on her way to school serves as a sad reminder that drivers need to be more careful, especially near schools.  Read more…

San Francisco Examiner | February 27, 2012

Shuttle Bus Driver Unlikely to be Prosecuted  Criminal charges are not likely to be brought against the shuttle driver who ran over a pedestrian, pinning him beneath the vehicle for 20 minutes. If a person dies as the result of a collision, the driver could face vehicular manslaughter charges. Otherwise, as in this case, the driver may not receive more than a citation for failure to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk.  Read more…

SF Weekly | February 27, 2012

Why Our DA Probably Won’t Press Charges Against Driver Who Plowed Over Pedestrian  Despite Walk SF’s appeals, the DA’s Office is not preparing to file criminal charges against the shuttle driver who ran over a pedestrian. Prosecutors explain that unintentionally causing a traffic accident that leads to injury is not a crime unless the driver acted recklessly.  Read more…

Streetsblog San Francisco | February 24, 2012

After Outcry, SFPD to Cite Driver Who Ran Over Man in Tenderloin  After a show of public outrage from Walk SF members, the SFPD is reversing course and citing the paratransit van driver who ran over a man with the right of way in a Tenderloin crosswalk last week.  Read more…

Streetsblog San Francisco | February 16, 2012

SFPD Declares Open Season on Pedestrians with the Right of Way  Even with clear video footage of a shuttle bus driver running over a man in a crosswalk, SFPD see no reason to issue a citation. Says Elizabeth Stampe, Walk San Francisco Executive Director, “Dangerous driving has got to be penalized, or it’s not going to stop.” Read more…

San Francisco Examiner | February 15, 2012

Local Transportation Officials Fearful of Proposed House Transportation Bill  The American Energy and Infrastructure Jobs Act, a proposed House bill and five-year spending plan, threatens to cut dedicated funding for public transit, pedestrian and cycling projects. One such program that could be drastically affected is the Safe Routes to Schools program, championed by Walk San Francisco and federally-funded to increase safety for students walking and biking to school. Read more…

Streetsblog San Francisco | February 6, 2012

City to Expedite Two Blocks of Fisherman’s Wharf Redesign for Summer 2013  The latest designs for the Fisherman’s Wharf Public Realm Plan will help to make pedestrians a priority by introducing a wider sidewalk, removing sidewalk obstacles and slowing traffic by limiting it to two 11-foot-wide lanes. This comes in advance of the 2013 America’s Cup yacht races, which are anticipated to bring in hundreds of thousands of additional visitors to the city. Read more…

CBS San Francisco | February 4, 2012

Prop B $248M Street Repair Plan Launches in San Francisco’s Mission District  A three year, $248 million plan to repair city streets and make travel easier for drivers, bikers and pedestrians alike was launched this week in the Mission District. “Walk SF is eager to see new investment in Prop B in wider sidewalks and smarter street design throughout the city,” said Executive Director Elizabeth Stampe. Read more…

Streetsblog San Francisco | January 23, 2012

Caltrans Slims the Sloat Boulevard Speedway With Buffered Bike Lanes  Put on a “road diet,” Sloat Boulevard’s freeway-like design is now a bit safer and more comfortable for pedestrians and bikers alike. The addition of ladder-style crosswalks and bike lanes with buffers is “a good start,” says Elizabeth Stampe, but “to reduce speeds further, it would help to see pedestrian islands, wider sidewalks and some vertical additions like trees or soft-hit posts to visually narrow the street and signal to drivers that they are not, in fact on a freeway.” Read more…

Streetsblog San Francisco | January 17, 2012

How Mayor Lee Can Make Smart Investments in Safer Streets in 2012  Through a detailed list of suggested initiatives, Elizabeth Stampe, Executive Director of Walk San Francisco, offers a plan that could help Mayor Ed Lee achieve his vision of zero pedestrian deaths. Among her suggestions for the city are creating a pedestrian action plan that would fix 10 miles of streets per year, piloting low-cost projects to fix the most dangerous streets, enforcing traffic laws, establishing Sunday Streets as a permanent program, and using the America’s Cup “People’s Plan” to introduce viable alternatives to snarled traffic.  Read more…

GJEL Blog | December 14, 2011

An Interview with Walk SF Executive Director Elizabeth Stampe An interview with ED Elizabeth Stampe provides some insight into Walk San Francisco’s growth and impact in 2011 and their big plans for a pedestrian safety action plan in 2012. Stampe explains how relatively minor improvements to our streets and policies can save lives. Read more…

San Francisco Examiner | December 6, 2011

Mayor Ed Lee at Walk SF’s Thursday Meeting Mayor Lee and Supervisors John Avalos and Scott Weiner will be speaking at Walk San Francisco’s Annual Member Meeting & Greeting this Thursday, December 8th. The event will take place from 6-8pm at the SPUR penthouse on 654 Mission Street. Read more…

San Francisco Examiner | December 6, 2011

Commute Speeds Have Slowed Down for San Francisco Drivers Average traffic speeds on the City’s streets and highways have fallen in the past two years. Elizabeth Stampe of Walk SF said the drop in speed limits on arterial roads is a welcome development for walkers. Read more…

SFist | November 30, 2011

DA’s Office Filing Criminal Charges Against Pedestrian-Killing Drivers, Cyclists District Attorney George Gascon announced yesterday that in addition to filing manslaughter charges against the cyclist who struck and killed a pedestrian at Mission and Embarcadero on July 15 (she died in the hospital several weeks later), his office is also considering charges in three other recent deaths involving vehicles. Read more…

SFGov | November 29, 2011

District Attorney George Gascon, Walk SF and SF Bicycle Coalition Call for Safer Streets this Holiday Season As the holiday season approaches and San Francisco’s high traffic areas and shopping districts become more impacted, DA George Gascon and representatives from Walk SF and SF Bicycle Coalition ask the public to be aware of safety rules and to help prevent avoidable tragedies. Read more…

KTSF 26 | November 29, 2011

SF DA Calls for Safer Streets this Holiday Season San Francisco has seen four traffic fatalities in the past six months, and with the increased foot traffic during this holiday season, DA George Gascon calls for users of the road to contribute to better road safety. Read more…

SF Appeal | November 29, 2011

DA’s Office Considering Charges Against Shuttle Bus and Muni Drivers Responsible for Pedestrian Deaths While prosecutors decide whether to file charges in connection with three deaths caused by inattentive driving, DA George Gascon urges all drivers, cyclists and pedestrians to be more attentive on the city’s streets. Read more…

CBS San Francisco | November 29, 2011

San Francisco Drivers Urged to Slow Down for Pedestrians More pedestrians on the streets and less daylight during the holiday season means that drivers need to slow down to save lives. Said Elizabeth Stampe of Walk San Francisco, collisions are six times more likely to be deadly if drivers are traveling at 30 mph rather than 20 mph. Read more…

ABC 7 News | November 29, 2011

Gascon Issues Holiday Plea for Safer Streets DA George Gascon is cracking down on traffic law violators this holiday season, noting a higher rate of pedestrian and cyclist injuries and fatalities in San Francisco as compared to other cities. His goal: to reduce serious and fatal injuries by a quarter in five years and by half in ten years. Read more…

San Francisco Chronicle | November 29, 2011

Season of Sharing the Streets District Attorney George Gascon and bike and pedestrian advocates urge motorists to be more attentive and share the streets, and warned that they can be prosecuted if they don’t. Read more…

Streetsblog San Francisco | November 23, 2011

Beyond Pavement: What the Streets Bond Will Buy When San Franciscans voted to fix crumbling streets by approving Proposition B earlier this month, they also approved nearly $90 million for pedestrian, bike and transit projects. The long-term improvements to come will improve safety and walkability of the city’s streets through pedestrian curb cuts, sidewalk repairs and seismic retrofits, among other changes. Read more…

Bay Citizen | November 14, 2011

Cyclist to Be Charged in Women’s Death A cyclist who crashed into an elderly pedestrian near San Francisco’s Waterfront on July 15 will be charged with misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter. The incident draws attention to the importance of improving pedestrian safety in San Francisco, where 18 people were hit by bikes and 811 more were hit by cars in the past year. Read more…

Streetsblog San Francisco | October 19, 2011

SFMTA Board Approves Two-Way Haight Street Project The SFMTA unanimously approved a project yesterday which will convert the easternmost block of Haight Street to two-way bus operation, eliminating a car parking lane on the south side of the street. The project also introduces some safety improvements to the intersection of Market, Haight and Gough Streets. Read more…

Mission Local | October 7, 2011

Bikers Pedal into Pedestrians As San Francisco’s bike culture continues to grow — the number of cyclists increased 58 percent between 2006 and 2010, according to the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency — so have the complaints about bikers riding on sidewalks. Riding on sidewalks is illegal and punishable by a $156 ticket after a rider turns 13-years old. Read more…

Streetsblog San Francisco | October 6, 2011

New 15 MPH School Zones Welcome Students on Walk to School Day Over 7,000 students from 44 schools around San Francisco participated in the International Walk to School Day events on October 5th. This marked the first Walk to School Day since Walk San Francisco’s 15mph campaign resulted in speed reductions in dozens of school zones around the city. Read more…

Bicycling Sonoma | October 5, 2011

Sonoma County Participants Cycle the State in Climate Ride California A group of 125 bicycle riders left Fortuna bound for San Francisco on Sunday as part of Climate Ride California, a 320-mile ride that is a benefit for environmental organizations. Read more…

Mission Local | October 5, 2011

Thousands Walk to School by Choice On a brisk, sunny day with small rain puddles underfoot from the early-morning drizzle, Marshall Elementary School students gathered at Kidpower Park on Capp Street to make the three-block journey to school. Read more…

San Francisco Chronicle | October 5, 2011

International Walk to School Day San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee joins Mission District schoolchildren on their walk from KidPower Park to Marshall Elementary School on October 5th, International Walk to School Day. Read more…

San Francisco Chronicle | October 3, 2011

Mayor Ed Lee and kids will walk it out Other walkers will include Supervisor Jane Kim, Municipal Transportation Agency Executive Director Ed Reiskin and Recreation and Park Department Director Phil Ginsburg. Representatives from Walk SF and the Safe Routes to School Program, which is run by the Department of Public Health, will be there too. Read more…

SF Appeal | October 3, 2011

Mayor Lee, Supe Kim Hoof It for International Walk to School Day For the cost of “just a little bit of exercise,” Mayor Lee, Supervisor Kim, Municipal Transportation Agency Executive Director Ed Reiskin and Recreation and Park Department Director Phil Ginsburg will be joining walking school buses for 44 schools around San Francisco in support of International Walk to School Day. Read more…

San Francisco Examiner | September 30, 2011

Mayor Ed Lee, Muni chief Ed Reiskin among notables participating in Walk to School day Overall, 44 city schools will take part in Walk to School Day, an international event aimed at drawing awareness to pedestrian needs and goals. Lee, Kim and Reiskin will all walk to the event’s featured school, Marshall Elementary, in the Mission district. Read more…

 

Streetsblog San Francisco | September 26, 2011

Masonic Avenue Redesign Plan Seems to Be Fading as a City Priority Now, nearly four months after the Masonic redesign was approved at an SFMTA engineering hearing, the plan is plodding its way through the vast city bureaucracy, its funding is uncertain and it is in danger of winding up on the shelf like so many other good projects unless City Hall puts some political muscle behind it. Read more…

Streetsblog San Francisco | September 20, 2011

Sign Up for Walk SF’s Annual Peak2Peak Walk This Sunday Walk San Francisco’s seventh annual Peak2Peak Walk this Sunday promises to be an exciting adventure through the spine of the city. Read More…

Mission Local | September 15, 2011

City to Mission Drivers: Slow Down SFMTA and sales tax revenue from Proposition K are set to pay $361,700 over the next sixteen months to install 1,000 new speed limit signs around schools like this one. Read more…

Streetsblog San Francisco | September 13, 2011

Candidates Talk Streets and Parks at Mayoral Forum Eight mayoral candidates turned out for last night’s forum on streets and parks sponsored by Walk San Francisco, the Neighborhood Parks Council and Friends of the Urban Forest. The candidates fielded a number of questions on pedestrian safety, walkability issues, parks, open space and urban forestry. Read more…

Bay Nature | September 12, 2011

Can You Bag 15 SF Peaks on Sept 25? Beware of pedestrians, San Francisco drivers, for they are taking back the streets on September 25. That’s when more than a hundred folks will be trekking a near half-marathon over 15 “peaks” through the urban fabric of San Francisco. Read More…

San Francisco Chronicle | September 11, 2011

Prop. B Seeks Millions for S.F. Road Repairs San Francisco’s bumpy roads and crumbling pavement could get a $248 million makeover under a bond measure up for a vote in November. If passed, the bond would also pour money into installing and renovating curb ramps, fixing traffic infrastructure and redesigning streetscapes to make them safer for pedestrians and cyclists. Read more…

SF.Streetsblog.org | September 9, 2011

Mayoral Debate Monday Night Will Focus on Streets and Parks Sponsored by Walk SF, the Neighborhood Parks Council and the Friends of the Urban Forest, the forum will tackle a variety of important questions on pedestrian safety, sustainable transportation, parks and the state of our streets. Read more…

Streetsblog San Francisco | September 8, 2011

Anger Follows William Cox’s Violent Death on the Streets of Duboce Triangle Cox was in the crosswalk on 14th Street at Noe around 9:30 a.m. when he was run over by an unidentified driver behind the wheel of a Ford SUV who had been southbound on Noe, and was making a left turn onto 14th. Read more…

San Francisco Examiner | September 7, 2011

Peak Hike of San Francisco On Sunday, September 25, 2011, you can join the 7th annual event. Peak2Peak  will follow a 12-mile path, up and down 15 peaks, along the spine of the city from Mt. Davidson to Coit Tower. Read more…

San Francisco Chronicle | September 7, 2011

Sewer Ride: Educational Mission District Tour On Sept. 17, a group of local artists, sewer historians and organizations will lead attendees on a three-hour tour of the sewers in the Mission District. Read more…

ABC 7 News | August 19, 2011

Woman Struck and Killed by Muni Bus A young woman became the ninth pedestrian fatality in San Francisco in what has become a deadly year. It happened Friday afternoon at 18th and Hartford streets. News video.

Streetsblog San Francisco | August 19, 2011

SFPD Numbers Confirm Cops Targeting Bicyclists on Market Street Despite the department’s insistence that officers are not targeting bicyclists on Market Street, new numbers from the San Francisco Police Department confirm that cops are going after people on bikes following two high-profile crashes. Read more…

San Francisco Examiner | August 18, 2011

Speed Limits Lowered Near Schools in San Francisco A new set of slower speed limits near San Francisco schools were celebrated Thursday by Mayor Ed Lee and pedestrian safety advocates. The initiative will take effect in over 200 different San Francisco schools, both public and private, and will include 1,000 new traffic signs. Read more…

 

Streetsblog San Francisco & The Bay Citizen | August 18, 2011

Mayor, SFMTA, Advocates Announce First 15 MPH School Zone San Francisco became the first large California city to implement a 15 mph speed zone around a school this morning. The 15 mph campaign was a victory for the pedestrian advocacy group Walk San Francisco. Read the full article on Streetsblog or Bay Citizen.

Streetsblog San Francisco | August 17, 2011

New Designs to Be Presented for Eastern Cesar Chavez Street New designs have been drawn up for eastern Cesar Chavez Street and will be presented to the community next week. Read More…

Streetsblog San Francisco | August 11, 2011

Pedestrian Hit By Bicyclist Last Month on the Embarcadero Dies A 67-year-old Washington D.C. woman who was hit by a bicyclist on the Embarcadero at Mission Street last month has succumbed to her injuries. ”People on bikes should yield to people on foot,” said Elizabeth Stampe, the executive director of Walk San Francisco. Read More…

The Bay Citizen | August 8, 2011

SFPD Reports a Dramatic Rise in Drivers Without Licenses San Francisco police officers issued twice as many tickets to drivers operating without a license between January and May this year than they did for all of 2010, according to data from the SF Police Department (SFPD). The spike contrasts with an overall drop in traffic violations. Read more…

Streetsblog San Francisco & The Bay Citizen | August 8, 2011

Surgeon’s Exhaustive Research Helps Shape SF Pedestrian Safety Policies The study found that pedestrian injuries resulted in $74 million in medical costs over a five-year period, of which about $56 million was paid by public funding through Medicare or MediCal. Read the full article on Streetsblog or Bay Citizen.

Streetsblog San Francisco | July 29, 2011

Streets Bond Measure Headed to November Ballot A $248 million streets bond measure being pushed by San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee and other electeds is on its way to the November ballot after being approved this week in a 9-2 vote by the Board of Supervisors. Read More…

Streetsblog San Francisco | July 22, 2011

25 MPH Speed Limits on Harrison and Bryant Approved at SFMTA Hearing SFMTA staff approved a measure today to lower speed limits on Harrison and Bryant Streets form 30 MPH to 25 MPH in the South of Market (SoMa) District. Read More

KALW 91.7 FM: Crosscurrents | July 14, 2011

Why You Should Look Both Ways Before Crossing San Francisco Streets Casey Miner, KALW’s transportation reporter, interviews local pedestrian safety advocates, including our own Elizabeth Stampe, about the dangerous conditions pedestrians face in San Francisco. Listen Here…

Streetsblog San Francisco | July 1, 2011

One Hundred 15 MPH School Zones Approved at SFMTA Hearing SFMTA Associate Engineer Maurice Growney said up to one hundred 15 mph school zones could be in place by the end of the year. Read More…

Streetsblog San Francisco | June 28, 2011

City Drops Years-Long Plan for Road Diet on Eastern Cesar Chavez St. Just days before bike lanes were scheduled to be striped on eastern Cesar Chavez Street, an SFMTA staffer told a group of neighbors, advocates and others at a community meeting last night that the plan to replace one of the street’s [car] travel lanes was being scrapped. Read More…

New York Times | June 27, 2011

Heading Into a Long (Driving) Weekend In a letter responding to the Times’ front-page story, “Across Europe, Irking Drivers Is Urban Policy,” Walk SF executive director Elizabeth Stampe corrected the article’s claim that Market Street is “pedestrianized” (not yet!) and called for pedestrian funding in the new federal transportation bill. Read More…

Streetsblog San Francisco | June 27, 2011

Continental Crosswalks and Sharrows Striped at Market and Sixth Streets The SF Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) highlighted crosswalks and added sharrows at the intersection of Market and Sixth streets last week. The improvements should improve pedestrian visibility and help drivers comply with the mandatory right turn put in place last year. Read More…

Streetsblog San Francisco | June 22, 2011

Man Killed by Hit-and-Run Driver in the Mission is the 7th Pedestrian Death this Year San Francisco police are trying to find a hit-and run driver who killed 39-year-old Carlos Martinez Saturday morning in the Mission District. Martinez was the seventh pedestrian to be killed by a motor vehicle this year on San Francisco’s streets and the third hit-and-run fatality. Read More…

Transportation Nation | June 16, 2011

With Nat Ford’s Departure, What’s Next for SFMTA? With the official announcement today that San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency chief Nat Ford is departing after five and a half years on the job, the big question on people’s minds is what’s next for the city’s transit agency. Read More…

Streetsblog San Francisco | June 13, 2011

Dangerous Rincon Hill Intersection Finally Getting the City’s Attention An article illustrating the dangers faced by pedestrians in just one of SoMa’s busy intersections, and of the difficulties advocates face in encouraging the city to install safety measures. Read More…

San Francisco Examiner | June 6, 2011

Take Your Walking a Step Farther It’s no secret walking is an inexpensive way to get fit and stay healthy. Walk SF is trying to make it easier and safer for San Francisco residents to do so. Read More…

San Francisco Chronicle | May 31, 2011

Bottom Line: State’s High Speed Rail Draws Spaniards’ AttentionWalk San Francisco gives an update on the percentage of people in San Francisco who walk to work. Read More…

San Francisco Examiner | May 24, 2011

Walking in San Francisco can be a Fatal ExperienceIn most metropolitan areas, pedestrians account for just a small portion — 12 percent — of total traffic deaths. But walkers in San Francisco make up 51.9 percent of traffic fatalities, according to a study by Transportation For America, a national coalition of transit and planning groups. Read More…

San Francisco Chronicle| May 24, 2011Digital Divide: Utility Box Controversy up for Supervisors’ Vote AT&T will be back before the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday asking for permission to place up to 726 utility boxes on city sidewalks without putting the project through a lengthy and costly environmental review process. Read More…

Streetsblog San Francisco | May 24, 2001

The Dangerous Design of San Francisco’s High Speed “Arterial” Streets …a new national report on pedestrian safety issued today highlights a glaring pattern where the bulk of preventable pedestrian crashes with motor vehicles occur: on poorly designed, high-speed “arterial” roads. Read More…

KALW 91.7 FM: City Visions | May 23, 2011

Walk Steady: Securing Safe and Walkable San Francisco Streets Host Joseph Pace leads a panel, including our own Executive Director Elizabeth Stampe, through a discussion about the state of San Francisco’s pedestrian environment. Listen Here…

Streetsblog San Francisco | May 20, 2011

Speed Limit Reductions on Howard, Folsom a Small Victory for Ped Safety Folsom and Howard Streets in the South of Market (SoMa) district will see speed limits lowered from 30 miles an hour to 25 after SFMTA staff approved the change at a hearing today, marking a small step towards safer streets in the city. Read More…

Streetsblog San Francisco | May 16, 2011

SFMTA “Daylights” Crosswalks to Improve Pedestrian VisibilityDaylighting is one of the lowest-hanging fruits in the toolkit for safer streets, it requires only the funds and local outreach needed to paint parking-prohibited red curbs. Read More…

CBS San Francisco | May 11, 2011

Video on Demand: Putting on the BrakesCBS reports on the dangers posed to pedestrians in San Francisco and discusses the preliminary findings of the SF Dept. of Public Health. If cars speeds were lowered throughout the city, pedestrians deaths and severity of injuries would be significantly reduced. Watch here…

San Francisco Examiner | May 10, 2011

Neighbors pushing to slow traffic on Masonic Avenue in San FranciscoNeighborhood residents and pedestrian activists reeling from the latest Masonic Avenue traffic fatality are asking city officials to take immediate action to slow traffic on the busy corridor. Read More…

 

San Francisco Examiner | May 9, 2011

SF takes 35 months to go from red to green when adding signalsDue to interagency bureaucracy, funding shortfalls and mandatory planning studies, installing one traffic light in San Francisco takes nearly three years. Read More…

New York Times | May 8, 2011

Now, to Find a Parking Spot, Drivers Look on Their PhonesThe San Francisco parking project, called SFPark, is a phone app for parking spot-seekers that displays information about areas with available spaces. But what will it mean for pedestrians? Read More…

San Francisco Chronicle | May 7, 2011

Hit-Run rampage Kills 61 year- old man in SFA suspected drunken driver was arrested early Friday after he struck and killed a pedestrian, crashed into parked cars and then smashed into planter boxes outside a San Francisco hospital. Read More…

SF Weekly | May 6, 2011

Jose Jimenez Accused of Killing Pedestrian on Masonic Avenue; Will the Street Ever be Safe? An alleged drunk driver killed a pedestrian on Masonic Avenue early Friday morning — a week before the city held its scheduled hearing to discuss how to make the highly traveled street safer for cyclists and pedestrians. Read More…

Streetsblog San Francisco | May 6, 2011

How Many Deaths Will it Take to Fix Masonic Avenue?The second death in less than year on Masonic Avenue has advocates and residents calling for traffic calming measures to increase safety. Read More…

Streetsblog San Francisco | May 5, 2011

Joel Ramos’ SFMTA Board nomination Moves Swiftly to Board of Supes The nomination of Joel Ramos to the SFMTA Board of Directors is widely approved by sustainable transportation advocates. Read More…

CBS San Francisco | May 2, 2011

Mike Sugarman’s About the Bay: Statistics Suggest it Takes Us Longer to Get from Here to There Believe it or not, the pace of urban living is slowing. KCBS’ Mike Sugerman found out as much, during his travels About the Bay. Listen Here…

Streetsblog San Francisco | April 25, 2011

Neighborhood Groups Push to Keep Sidewalks Clear of AT&T Boxes Pedestrians in San Francisco are no strangers to crowded conditions, but a plan to install 726 private utility boxes on sidewalks could impose even more obstacles for them. Read More…

SF Weekly |  April 20, 2011

Avoiding Auto Versus Pedestrian Crashes Could Save Taxpayers Cash Lower speed limits and utilizing other traffic calming techniques have the potential to save the lives of pedestrians and save the city money. Read More…

San Francisco Examiner | April 19, 2011

10 mph speed limit for bicyclists might be set on the Golden Gate Bridge Bicyclists traveling on the Golden Gate Bridge may soon have to watch their speed — or face a $100 fine. Read more…

KPFA 94.1 | April 12, 2011

The Morning Mix at 8:00am Hear Walk SFs Executive Director, Elizabeth Stampe, talk about the dangers pedestrians face in San Francisco and why District 6 sees a disproportionate number of pedestrian collisions. Listen here

Bay Citizen and Streetsblog San Francisco| April 12, 2011

City’s Pedestrian Crash Toll Dwarfs Preventative Safety Costs Two to three people are hit by cars every day on San Francisco’s dangerously motorized streets, and researchers are beginning to paint a clearer picture of the economic toll. Read More…

San Francisco Chronicle | April 11, 2011

S.F. Pedestrian Safety is Goal of Committee More than 800 people are hit by cars in San Francisco each year, making it statistically one of the most dangerous cities both in the state and nationwide to walk in. Read More…

Streetsblog San Francisco | April 1, 2011

Advocates, Supervisors Prepare for Two City hall Hearings on Ped Safety Supervisor Kim, of District 6 will hold a hearing on pedestrian safety at a Public Safety Committee meeting next Thursday, April 7 at 10:30 am in City Hall, Room 250. The following Monday, April 11 at 10 am, D1 Supervisor Eric Mar will hold another hearing to address citywide pedestrian issues. Read More…

San Francisco Examiner | March 23, 2011

Momentum builds for pedestrian safety in San Francisco A lack of coordination and funding has prevented much-needed traffic-calming measures from being implemented in areas across The City. Read More…

Streetsblog San Francisco| March 22, 2011San Francisco Safety Efforts Mired in City BureaucracyDespite a growing political focus on pedestrian safety, a thick layer of city bureaucracy and lack of funding are stalling real change to prevent pedestrian injuries and fatalities on San Francisco streets, including three deaths in just the last week. Read More…

Streetsblog San Francisco | March 18, 2011

Woman Dies After Being Struck by Crane Driver in SoMa Crosswalk A 72-year-old woman walking in a crosswalk was struck by a driver steering a crane truck on 2nd Street and Townsend this morning, and later died at a hospital in San Francisco’s third pedestrian fatality of 2011. Read More…

Streetsblog San Francisco | March 10, 2011

Task Force Begins Meeting to Develop Pedestrian Action Plan A Pedestrian Safety Task Force charged with coordinating and implementing actions to reduce pedestrian injuries and fatalities in San Francisco met for the first time Tuesday, bringing together a large group of representatives from different city departments who rarely sit down at the same table to talk about pedestrian safety. Read More…

Streetsblog San Francisco | March 2, 2011

Inner Sunset Neighbors Voice Overwhelming Support for Proposed Parklet The Inner Sunset could see its first parklet on Ninth Avenue in front of Arizmendi Bakery, introducing a new public space to its vibrant restaurant district, after dozens of neighbors and merchants showed up in support of the project at an SF Department of Public Works hearing today. Read More…

Streetsblog San Francisco | February 24, 2011

Woman Hit by Driver on Park Presidio Remains in Critical Condition The potentially fatal crash is indicative of the dangerous walking conditions caused by the high-speed, high-volume motor traffic traveling on Park Presidio. Read More…

Streetsblog San Francisco | February 8, 2011

Folsom Street Road Diet Includes Bike lanes, Bus Bulbs in the Mission A redesign of Folsom Street in the Mission District aimed at calming motor traffic and improving conditions for walking and bicycling is one step closer to becoming a reality. Read more…

San Francisco Examiner | January 20, 2011

Groups seek solutions as pedestrian incidents increase on Van Ness Despite the recent introduction of double fines for traffic citations — a deterrent that has proven effective elsewhere — pedestrian accidents on Van Ness Avenue have skyrocketed in the past two years. Read More…

Streetsblog San Francisco | January 11, 2011David Chiu: Bike Network Expansion is Transportation Priority Number OneBoard of Supervisors President David Chiu said expanding the city’s bike network will be his number one transportation priority in the coming year, along with pedestrian safety and improving Muni’s reliability and performance. Read More…

San Francisco Chronicle | December 21, 2010

San Francisco Pedestrians Get Blamed for Getting Hit Some readers of the Chronicle point out that many times pedestrians are at fault in car/ped collisions. Read More…

San Francisco Chronicle | December 20, 2010

S.F. Streets Particularly Mean for Pedestrians Some consider San Francisco the best walking city in the country. How can that be when, on average, just over two people are struck by a car each day? Read More…

Streetsblog San Francisco | December 15, 2010

Proposed Parklets on Valencia and Post Streets Draw Praise at SFDPW Hearing Supporters of the parklets testified that converting a few parking spots into vibrant spaces for people will enliven their streets and benefit their neighborhoods. Read More…

Streetsblog San Francisco | December 10, 2010

Walk SF, Supervisor Chiu Call for Action on Pedestrian Safety Pedestrian and livable streets advocates gathered Thursday for WalkSF’s Annual Member Meeting to celebrate the organization’s success and discuss how to improve walking conditions in San Francisco. Read More…

Streetsblog San Francisco | November 30, 2010

Eyes on the Street: Raised Crosswalk Installed at Stonestown Galleria Where implemented, raised crosswalks have been found to be a successful treatment for slowing vehicle speeds and increased yielding to pedestrians. Read More…

Streetsblog San Francisco | November 19, 2010

Commentary: Despite Mandate to Improve Pedestrian Safety, SF Doesn’t Act A Streetsblog reporter critisizes the SFMTA for its failure to improve pedestrian safety. Read More…

Streetsblog San Francisco | November 17, 2010

Driver of UCSF Shuttle Bus Hits and Kills Pedestrian in Tenderloin Crosswalk Surveillance video from a Tenderloin market shows that a 65-year-old woman was in the crosswalk on Geary Boulevard and Leavenworth Street Wednesday afternoon and clearly had the right-of-way when the driver of a UCSF shuttle bus loaded with passengers struck and killed her. Read more…

Streetsblog San Francisco | October 28, 2010

SFPD Seeks Help Identifying Suspect in Pedestrian Hit and Run The victim, a 23 year old San Francisco man, was struck on Wednesday, August 4th, at 10:45 pm by a motorist traveling southbound on Van Ness Avenue at Broadway Street. Read More…

Mother Earth News| October 18, 2010

People Powered Transportation: Q&A with Pedestrian Advocate, Elizabeth Stampe Mother Earth News interviews new member of the Alliance for Biking and Walking and new Walk SF Executive Director, Elizabeth Stampe. Read More…

Streetsblog San Francisco| October 7, 2010

Promoting Health and Physical Activity Among Children on Walk to School Day San Francisco agencies explore ways to make walking to school a safer and more viable transportation option for kids. Read More…