S.F. Examiner file art

S.F. Examiner file art

San Francisco pedestrian plan could include safety outreach, lower speeds

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.

In December 2010, in one of his last acts before leaving office, then-Mayor Gavin Newsom issued the executive directive to improve pedestrian safety conditions. He ordered the creation of a Pedestrian Safety Task Force, which would detail how to accomplish those goals.

But until Wednesday, the final plan had not been publicly unveiled.

It calls for reducing speed limits on certain streets and making improvements to various intersections, along with using data to increase enforcement and education about particular danger zones, Lee said.

“We’re going to remind people these are spots where there’s going to be a lot more attention,” he said.

Deputy Chief Denise Schmitt said the Police Department has launched the Focus on the 5 program, using data gathered by San Francisco, to provide each district station with a list of the five most accident-prone intersections in the area.

Many accidents occur on busy thoroughfares such as Market Street, Van Ness Avenue and 19th Avenue, or intersections that serve as off-ramps for highway traffic, Schmitt said.

Elizabeth Stampe, executive director of the pedestrian advocacy group Walk SF, said she is happy with The City’s efforts. The group and its members “look forward to a strong and effective strategy,” she said.

Stampe said nearly 900 pedestrians were struck and injured in The City in 2011, and that 18 have been killed so far in 2012.

Bay Area NewsLocalSan FranciscoSFPD

If you find our journalism valuable and relevant, please consider joining our Examiner membership program.
Find out more at www.sfexaminer.com/join/

Just Posted

Smoking cannabis (Shutterstock)
Supes ban tobacco smoking in apartments but exempt cannabis

San Francisco banned smoking and vaping of tobacco in apartments Tuesday night,… Continue reading

Dr. Grant Colfax and Mayor London Breed said new restrictions could come this week due to rising COVID-19 cases.<ins> (Examiner screenshot)</ins>
Breed: ‘More restrictive action’ needed to slow spread of COVID-19

San Francisco officials said Tuesday tougher restrictions will soon be imposed to… Continue reading

Many landlords fought the proposal requiring them to register properties, calling it an invasion of privacy. 
Kevin N. Hume/
S.F. Examiner
Housing inventory wins unanimous approval from supervisors

Legislation will require landlords to register properties, report vacancies and rents

Harlan Kelly, head of the SFPUC and husband to City Administrator Naomi Kelly (right), faces federal charges for allegedly trading inside information on a city contract in return for a paid family vacation. (Courtesy photo)
Harlan Kelly, head of SFPUC, charged with fraud in widening Nuru scandal

Kelly accused of engaging in corrupt partnership with permit expediter

Jeff Tumlin, director of transportation for the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, said the agency’s fiscal situation is “far worse” than the worse case scenarios projected back in April. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
SFMTA prepares for massive potential layoffs as budget crisis continues to build

More than 1,200 full-time jobs on the line as agency struggles to close deficit

Most Read