About Us

Since 1998, Walk San Francisco has been San Francisco’s only pedestrian advocacy organization fighting for more than 837,000 residents, 162,000 weekday commuters, and 16.5 million visitors annually, who walk in the city. Through smart, targeted advocacy, Walk SF and its members, are improving city streets and neighborhoods and making San Francisco a more livable, walkable city by reclaiming streets as safe, shared public space for everyone to enjoy.

Mission Statement

Walk SF makes walking in San Francisco safe for everyone, so that our community is healthier and more livable.

Top Goals:

  • To make walking safe
  • To make walking more enjoyable by improving the pedestrian environment
  • To make walking the preferred way to get around

Walk SF and The Walk San Francisco Foundation

Walk SF and the Walk San Francisco Foundation

Walk SF, a 501(c)4 social welfare organization established in 2003, and the Walk San Francisco Foundation, a 501(c)3 public charity established in 2014, are two separate but related organizations. The organizations share staff and infrastructure through a resource sharing agreement, adopted by both organizations’ boards. The sharing agreement ensures that restricted activities of the 501(c)4 are strictly separated from the charitable activities of the 501(c)3. Learn more.

 

Current Campaigns

Current Campaigns

Everyone walks at some point in their day, but over the past century, pedestrian safety has become an afterthought in most street design. The result? A built environment in San Francisco which makes walking both unsafe and uninviting. Walk SF partners with city agencies, residents, and nonprofits to undo past decisions and prioritize the redesign of the city’s most dangerous streets - the six percent of streets where more than 60% of pedestrian crashes occur.  To improve San Francisco’s walking environment by eliminating preventable injuries, and addressing inequities for neighborhoods including the Tenderloin, Chinatown, and South of Market – where seniors, children, and underserved community members are at greatest risk - Walk SF three core campaigns include:

  • Vision Zero/Pedestrian Safety
  • Safe Routes to Schools
  • Walkability and Green Connections

To learn more about each, and how you can get involved, see Walk SF’s Current Campaigns.

Past Campaigns

 

Past Campaign Wins

  • Launching the first citywide Walk to Work Day event in 2013.
  • Making San Francisco the first city in the state to establish safer 15-mph school zones around 181 schools citywide in 2012.
  • Helping design Green Connections: a new network of quiet, green streets to reach parks.
  • Securing funds to improve streets for walking, including a $50 million Streets Bond in 2011.
  • Watch-dogging the police and District Attorney to make sure they enforce laws that keep you safe when you walk.
  • Helping launch car-free Sunday Streets and advocating for parklets to reclaim streets as shared public space.
  • Improving safety on the city’s most dangerous streets, including 19th Ave, Masonic, and Cesar Chavez.
  • Making developers pay the real cost of car traffic and its impacts on pedestrians.
  • Raising fines on cars blocking sidewalks.
  • Winning media and decision-maker attention to all these and the perspective of people who walk!

To stay up to date on these campaigns and find out how you can help, sign up for our email list.

Join us to build the voice for safe, better streets and explore different parts of the city, on one of Walk SF’s volunteer-led, monthly members walks.