San Francisco is a walker’s city. When compared to places like New York or Chicago, the temperate climate and compactness of the neighborhoods and downtown make perambulation pleasant and necessary here. Even people who rely on other transit options, including driving and Muni, often begin or end their trips on foot. Read More
A high school student struck and killed by an alleged drunken driver after celebrating her 17th birthday. A beloved teacher fatally hit while crossing Vicente Street. A young girl whose legs were crushed by a dump truck on The Embarcadero.
So far this year, five pedestrians have been killed by motorists on San Francisco streets, and pedestrian advocates are wondering why more isn’t being done to improve protections. Read More
San Francisco plans to shift its traffic-calming strategies this year to focus on larger thoroughfares.
Traditionally, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency spends $2.5 million a year of The City’s transportation tax funds on measures to slow down traffic and make walking safer for pedestrians. Last year, nearly all of those funds — $2.2 million — were dedicated for projects on smaller, residential streets. Read More
Although I’ve owned dogs for 36 years, I must confess that Charlie the dog’s story sounds a lot like “blaming the victim” — both the horse and the officer.
A dog that is not aggressive does not run up to a horse and bite. The public needs to be protected. Per the reports, the owner blames the officer. This is not reassuring.
Others could have been hurt, and frankly, Charlie could have been shot when the attack happened.
My sympathies to all. Read More
Some of The City’s most vulnerable pedestrians will get a boost from increased traffic enforcement efforts next year.
Backed by a $140,000 federal grant, police motorcycle officers will increase their presence outside schools, senior centers and other at-risk sites starting in early 2013. Reducing vehicle speeds will be the main focus, although officers also will crack down on red-light running, stop-light violations and right-of-way infractions against pedestrians. Read More
Two weeks after safety advocates questioned the slow pace of The City’s pedestrian action plan, the mayor on Wednesday announced details of a proposal that’s being drafted.
The plan, which is expected to be finalized and implemented in early 2013, is one step toward a city goal to reduce serious or fatal pedestrian accidents by 25 percent in 2016 and by 50 percent five years later, Mayor Ed Lee said. Read More
With the U.S. surgeon general recently weighing in on the benefits of walking, and Chicago and New York City developing robust safety programs, local activists are wondering why The City is not doing more to bolster its long-awaited pedestrian action plan. Read More
A new report on The City’s most dangerous intersections reveals that many continue to be troublesome, leaving safety advocates to wonder why more is not being done to improve conditions.
In 2011, a combined 10 pedestrians and bicyclists were hit by cars at the intersection of Market Street and Octavia Boulevard, making it the least safe crossing in The City, according to a report by the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition, which compiled data from the Police Department. Read More
More than 400 San Mateo pedestrians were hit by cars during the last decade and nine were killed, a rate that exceeds the county average. Now a group of residents and city officials hopes a new pedestrian master plan will cut that rate in half.
An early version of the plan, which has been in the works for the past year and is being drafted to make San Mateo’s streets safer and more inviting for pedestrians, is expected to head to the San Mateo City Council in April. Read More
Pedestrian safety advocates are miffed that the director of the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency didn’t mention one accomplishment related to walking in his year-end list of department achievements. Read More