Walk San Francisco (‘Walk SF’) is the city’s pedestrian safety advocacy organization.
Since our founding in 1998, Walk SF has been leading the way to make San Francisco a pedestrian-first city with safe and welcoming streets for all. Learn about our impact.
Reporters, check out:
- Our press releases
- Key facts about pedestrian safety in San Francisco
- Recommended reading for journalists
For media inquiries, contact:
Key Facts About Pedestrian Safety in San Francisco
- Every day, at least 3 people walking are hit by cars on average in San Francisco. This is more than any other city in the state. Yes, many people walk here, but that doesn’t mean that more people should be injured. Over 50% of the people killed in traffic crashes in the city are pedestrians; the national average for pedestrians killed in traffic violence is only 14%.
- Annually, nearly 100 people are seriously injured, and approximately 20 people are killed in crashes and collisions on San Francisco’s streets.
- Of all severe and fatal crashes in San Francisco, 75% happen on only 13% of our streets. These streets, our city’s most dangerous, are called high-injury corridors (see a map of the high-injury network).
- Seniors make up just 15% of the population but make up 50% of pedestrian fatalities each year.
- Speed is the leading factor for serious injury and death in San Francisco. A person hit by a car at 40 MPH has a 15% chance of survival; at 20 MPH there’s a 90% chance of survival.
- Crashes and collisions are not “accidents.” Crashes are not random acts; they can be prevented. They are the result of dangerous street designs and/or dangerous traffic behaviors, and most importantly, they are predictable and preventable. Learn more (link to our “Vision Zero approach” page).
- Everyone is not responsible and equally to blame in a collision. That’s because some people are more vulnerable than others. Viewing crashes as a matter of individual accountability ignores the inequity between people who are driving, bicycling, or walking. This is particularly true for children, seniors, and people with disabilities, who are most vulnerable.
- Whether a street crossing is marked or unmarked with crosswalk paint, it’s a legal crosswalk. In San Francisco, all intersections of streets wider than 25 feet are legal crosswalks, unless they specifically say “no crossing.” Pedestrians have the right of way; drivers and cyclists are required to yield, i.e., stop behind the line and leave crosswalks free for pedestrians (CVC 21954 (b), CVC 21950, and CVC 21455).
Recommended Reading for Journalists
- Our stance on the need to end victim-blaming in of media coverage of crashes
- This piece from the Columbia Journalism Review: When covering car crashes, be careful not to blame the victim
- Using the term “crash” not “accident”