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September 2 virtual town hall on the fatal crash at Geary and Gough

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Join the conversation on the state of traffic safety on Wednesday, September 2 at 5:30PM

I’m heartbroken about what happened on August 11. Mark Berman, a father of two, was killed crossing the street at Geary and Gough. The reckless driver went through the red light traveling an estimated 65 MPH.

Many of us are asking what can be done to prevent another crash like this on Geary Street – and throughout our city. Mark Berman is the eighth pedestrian death so far this year. At this pace we will reach or even exceed last year’s number of traffic fatalities, which was already an uptick from previous years.

Supervisors Dean Preston and Catherine Stefani are holding a virtual Community Town Hall with staff from SFMTA on Wednesday, September 2 from 5:30-7:00PM. 

Can you join this important conversation about the Geary and Gough crash, and the state of traffic safety right now?

I hope you’ll let neighbors concerned about traffic safety know about the Town Hall, and share your questions and concerns on Wednesday. Here is some of what’s on my mind:
  • While major safety improvements on Geary are scheduled to be completed in summer 2021, what can SFMTA do in the short-term to slow traffic and improve safety for pedestrians?
  • Are there any red light cameras coming to Geary to help enforce this dangerous behavior? Is Geary and Gough a good candidate for a red light camera?
  • Geary and Gough are both on the “high-injury network” – the 13% of San Francisco’s streets where 75% of traffic crashes occur. What is the status of SFMTA’s efforts to make safety improvements across the entire high-injury network? This includes simple fixes like daylighting, zebra-striped crosswalks, re-timed traffic lights, and no-turn-on-red… and bigger fixes like narrowing or removing traffic lanes and concrete bulb-outs. 

If you can’t make the meeting, please send an email to SFMTA Director Jeffrey Tumlin urging action to prevent a continued rise in traffic crashes.

Thank you for standing with us for safe streets.