Folsom and Howard are currently two of the streets on the city’s high-injury network (the 12% of San Francisco’s streets that account for over 70% of all crashes). If you don’t already know what a high-injury corridor is, learn more here.
Earlier this year, a 58 year-old man was hit and seriously injured on Folsom, adding another victim to at least 308 other people who have been hit and hurt on these streets since 2011. Moreover, three people have lost their lives on these dangerous, fast, one-way streets, including 44 year-old Melissa Kitson who was walking on Howard, 26 year-old Katherine Slattery who was bicycling, and 24 year-old Amelie Le Moullac, who was killed on Folsom while riding her bicycle.
On Folsom and Howard, 89% of pedestrian and bike collisions with motorists were at intersections and 59% of collisions were caused by unsafe motorist behavior such as running red lights, speeding, and encroaching on pedestrian right-of-way.
Data tell us both where AND why crashes happen on Folsom and Howard.
Armed with this analysis, crashes are no longer ‘accidents’ — they are predictable and preventable!
As part of the broader Vision Zero effort to end all traffic deaths by 2024, Walk SF is leading a campaign to transform Folsom and Howard (from 2nd to 11th) into safe, walkable, bike and transit-friendly streets — and YOU can be part of it!
If it gets community support from members like you before it goes to final design in 2018, the Folsom-Howard Streetscape Project could be a great win for SoMa. Your voice can make these streets safe and greener for everyone, who lives, works, or travels on these streets, including the students at Bessie Carmichael Elementary and Middle schools.
If you don’t already know about the project, download the Folsom Howard Streetscape Project fact sheet, or refer to the project boards from April’s Open Houses.
To redesign this pair of fast, one-way freeway feeders tell the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency to include ALL of the following improvements:
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Questions or comments? Contact Neighborhood Organizer Josie Ahrens.