On May 6, Walk San Francisco released the Street Score 2015: Annual Report Card on Walking, the only comprehensive review of the City’s progress towards improving pedestrian safety and walkability in San Francisco The report evaluates citywide progress toward nearly 40 safety metrics, spanning engineering, enforcement, education, evaluation, and policy and legislation.
The Street Score report card tracks how the goals laid out in the Mayor’s 2013 Pedestrian Strategy, which targets cutting pedestrian deaths and serious injuries in half by 2021, increasing walking for short trips, and improving the overall walkability.
“We can’t measure what we don’t count,” said Nicole Ferrara, Executive Director of Walk San Francisco. “The Street Score report tracks what the many city agencies are doing to address pedestrian safety and walkability. In this report we look at progress towards both the overall Vision Zero goal of ending all traffic deaths and serious injuries, and the supporting street improvements, like the number of countdown signals, raised crosswalks, and bulb-outs installed.”
The report card measures progress during the 2014 calendar year, and found the City had met or exceeded several key metrics for the number of countdown signals, bulb-outs, and refuge islands installed, but also identified important areas where the City had fallen short of its previously published goals including:
The report card also underscores the following key recommended actions to ensure the City advances towards the Vision Zero goal to create safer streets for everyone:
For San Francisco to become the most walkable city in the country, strong political leadership will be required to execute the actions necessary to make the goals of the Pedestrian Strategy and Vision Zero a reality. Following the clear support voters voiced in passing two key, transportation funding measures, city leaders now have an obligation to harness the current momentum and demand quick delivery of the strongest safety projects possible to ensure San Francisco meets its Vision Zero goals, to become the safest city for pedestrians in the U.S.
Read more about the City’s progress and recommended actions in the full report.