Pedestrian safety and transit advocates touted the implementation of 15 mph speed limits at 181 school zones in San Francisco, the completion of a project that began last year.
Under a state law passed in 2008, local jurisdictions can enforce the lower speed limits as long as they are within 500 feet of a school and are located on two-way streets. More than 180 public and private schools in The City meet the criteria.
“These school zones will help kids walk to school safely,” said Elizabeth Stampe, executive director of Walk San Francisco, an advocacy group that has pushed for the reduced speed limits. “They’ll also calm traffic in neighborhoods throughout The City, making streets more inviting for walking.
“This is a big step forward for everyone who walks in San Francisco,” she said.
The school zone speed limits are part of a 2010 initiative to improve pedestrian safety conditions that was drafted by former Mayor Gavin Newsom. That program aims to decrease serious pedestrian injuries by 25 percent by 2016 and 50 percent by 2021.