S.F. Calls on Mayor Ed Lee to Do Something About These Pedestrian Accidents -- Now

Categories: Pedestrians

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Pedestrians, cyclists, and buggies learn to cope ... somehow, circa 1906
If you're a pedestrian in San Francisco, then you probably have either been hit by a car, know someone who has been hit by a car, or are afraid you will be hit by a car later today.

You see the problem here?

This is why community groups and politicians are teaming up, calling on the mayor, the cops, and the director of transportation in San Francisco to put an end to all the pedestrian accidents that have, as of late, been out of control.

As we reported earlier this week, 167 pedestrians were hit by cars or bikes between Dec. 31, 2013 and Jan. 12, 2014. Those injuries ranged from very minor to fatal, Sgt. Eric O'Neal told us.

Yesterday, a trio of San Francisco supervisors rolled out an ambitious plan to completely eliminate pedestrian deaths in 10 years. The plan, dubbed "Vision Zero," includes the following goals:

  • Get a "Strategic Street Action Team" to deliver on 24-plus traffic improvements within the next two years at high-injury locations, particularly in SOMA and the Tenderloin. That means more lighting at intersections, safer crosswalks, and protected bikeways;

  • Force San Francisco cops to aggressively enforce traffic laws, such as yielding to pedestrians, at the most dangerous locations. In addition, ticket the hell out of bad drivers and make sure police are trained in bike and pedestrian laws;

  • Set aside money for a driver education program for commercial drivers, including taxis and rideshare companies;

"San Francisco has had the most dangerous streets in the state for too long," Nicole Schneider, executive director of Walk SF, said in a statement this afternoon. "After 21 pedestrian deaths in 2013, four cyclists deaths, and over a half a dozen crashes since New Year's Eve, the City must not delay."

Tomorrow at 5 p.m., frustrated and worried pedestrians will descend on City Hall to ask Police Chief Greg Suhr for his commitment to end pedestrian deaths -- now. There, the Police Commission and Board of Supervisors' Neighborhood Services & Safety Committee will host a special hearing geared toward police investigations of bike and pedestrian-related accidents.

"The City has been experiencing this public health crisis for years, and last year we hit a near-record high for traffic fatalities," Supervisor Jane Kim said in a statement. "A Vision Zero policy that commits to clear and decisive near-term actions for better engineering, enforcement and education to cut traffic fatalities to zero in the next 10 years is critical if we're serious about saving lives."

No word on whether Mayor Ed Lee supports the plan.





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33 comments
rainaabarca
rainaabarca

I will be at that meeting tonight my uncle was the man ran over by the recology truck in SF on dec20th SF need to take their pedestrian safety serious and the people held responsible for his death need to also because we lost a very important family member who life could've been still living if others drove more safely we're suffering a lost while everyone's day continues and life go's on and my uncle is no longer with us because of this wrongful death that could've been prevented

Brandan Podestá
Brandan Podestá

It's very simple. People have become zombies, they've become so ingrained in their own personal world that they've literally fallen off the face of the earth. They walk/bike staring/listening at their phones, with complete and total disregard with life around them. Why does our Mayor have to do anything?

Mel Greene
Mel Greene

I was starting ot think it was some sick game...see who you can kill before they get across the street. 10 points for every one you kill. 5 extra points if they are over 65 or under 12.

AOK
AOK

I used to have this asshole friend who got mad at pedestrians for looking at their phone while stepping into the cross walk when they had the walk sign. I guess they wouldn't see him when he would dart in front of them turning left on green -- what a dick!

AOK
AOK

Yeah, you better loook first, make eye contact with driver and raise your hand for clear passing before stepping into the crosswalk... or you'll get slammed.

Jessica Rose
Jessica Rose

I saw a kid on his skateboard literally stopped in the middle of the street farting around on his cell phone today. If you are a pedestrian it is as much your responsibility to stop using your phone when you are walking as it is mine to not be on my phone when I'm in my car. It's as simple as that.

Miles Gutkin
Miles Gutkin

This is some bullshit! Matter of fact, people jay walk in SF like crazy. This is a way of life in SF! We jay walk!! This is going to be the final curtain of jay walking. Here come the tickets.

Debbie Mejia
Debbie Mejia

Stupid selfish drivers on cell phones and even stupider pedestrians walking out into the street on their phones, not even looking to see if they are going to get hit!!!

Michael Tideman
Michael Tideman

I don't want to read this article, so maybe you can sum it up. WHY DOES THE MAYOR HIT SO MANY PEOPLE WITH HIS CAR???

Eli Wadley
Eli Wadley

I have been on both sides of this problem, almost being hit by drivers not seeing me in the crosswalk (they were on the phone) and pedestrians walking behind my truck while I am reversing...they jaywalk behind a moving truck! It scares the hell out of me either way. Stay alert and watch out for people, especially the ones not paying attention.

James Schneider
James Schneider

how about the pedestrians stop at the intersection, look both ways, then proceed... I see a ton of dumb asses just walking willy nilly....

Javier Leocadio Colón
Javier Leocadio Colón

But I do agree that people are too self absorbed. It's like some pedestrians and cyclists think they are entitled to walk/ride wherever and whenever they want.

Glen Jasper
Glen Jasper

Too many people absorbed in their own lives. Pedestrians talking on the phone while crossing against the light. People texting while driving. Bikes running stop signs. Stupid, stupid, stupid.

Joe Phillips
Joe Phillips

Clearly, a lot of 'me first' SF residents are as entitled about vehicle right-of-way as they are about everything else.

johnny137
johnny137 topcommenter

WAIT A SECOND!


What about busting those goddam cyclists who run reds or take corners without stopping?

Andrea Cwynar
Andrea Cwynar

Everyone is guilty of being in a hurry around here. But the thing that can help everyone, is if everyone collectively paid attention to what they are doing. How many times have you been driving a car or a bike and have a pedestrian jump into the street without even looking? Its pretty damn annoying.....try this jumping out in the street without looking in NYC or Miami, and you would be splattered....Lets not even get into the fact that a lot of the pedestrians are wearing head phones, so they can't even hear if a car is upon them.....

Misty Gandee
Misty Gandee

Stop stepping of the curb with out looking to c if.it's safe

塞繆塞繆
塞繆塞繆

WTF??? eliminate pedestrian deaths in 10 years??? So for less then half a month 167 got hit by cars!!! I'm sure there where more then 10 Deaths. By 10 years you would have thousands of people dead already!!!

Jonathan Sacks
Jonathan Sacks

Earlier today, there were 4 motorcycle cops together on Market, ticketing pedestrians for jaywalking. That's fine if they are enforcing all traffic laws, but within 2 blocks from there, I saw multiple cars run red lights or block crosswalks, and nothing was done despite that being far more dangerous than a jaywalker who looked and saw no cars coming.

Ralph Boethling
Ralph Boethling

situational awareness, people. put down the phone and pay attention, whatever your mode of transportation.

Richie Goodtimes
Richie Goodtimes

The only good pedestrian is a dead pedestrian! Kill me all!

Daniella Cat
Daniella Cat

I'd be dead by now if I crossed just because the light told me to. Make eye contact with people making a right when you are standing on the corner to their right, and make sure cars have fully stopped at a red before stepping off the curb. Don't drive through an intersection without confirming everyone stopped at their red either.

Hiram Rodriguez
Hiram Rodriguez

I agree with Brian Berry, the city needs to hand out stiff fines to those caught running red lights, or those aggressive drivers that never fully stop while pedestrians are crossing. Also, if were such a fucking "tech town" why don't we have more cameras at intersections?

Brian Berry
Brian Berry

SF drivers don't yield to pedestrians. Start fining the hell out of them

Crispin Mccabe
Crispin Mccabe

As a pedestrian I can assure you this city can be awful to walk in, wish that pedestrian crossings/crosswalks were safer.

Guzy Guz
Guzy Guz

Will CARma soon be a bitch?

Alejandro Durazo
Alejandro Durazo

167 pedestrians? That's at least 10 per day. You sure about these figures?

Adam Moreno
Adam Moreno

Maybe start ticketing jay walkers..... San Luis Obispo does it

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