Executive directive moves SF toward safer streets
Today, Mayor Newsom released an executive directive on pedestrian safety, which was created with the help of Walk SF:
“San Francisco is one of the nation’s most walkable cities, but serious and fatal pedestrian injuries are still too common,” said Mayor Newsom. “This Executive Directive provides a two-prong strategy that includes both short-term steps we can take now to improve pedestrian safety, as well as creating a Pedestrian Safety Task Force that will look at overall long term goals. I would like to thank the staff and directors at the SFMTA, Walk SF and the Department of Public Health for their efforts to develop this comprehensive Executive Directive.”
More from the Examiner:
Mandatory 15 mph speed limits near all school zones, increased investment on injury prediction models, and focused enforcement efforts in dangerous areas are all part of a new initiative aimed at reducing serious and fatal pedestrian injuries in San Francisco by 25 percent during the next five years.
“I think this is a really encouraging step forward,” said Elizabeth Stampe, executive director of Walk SF. “For quite some time, we’ve been working to establish safe school zones and a pedestrian action plan, and both of those components are included in this directive.”