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Monday, January 20, 2014

Are You Sick of Pedestrians Getting Hit by Cars? Go to This Rally.

Posted By on Mon, Jan 20, 2014 at 3:58 PM

click to enlarge Taking steps to end pedestrian deaths
  • Taking steps to end pedestrian deaths

But be sure to look all ways before crossing the street to get there or else ...

A bunch of community groups, including Walk SF and the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition, are planning to rally outside City Hall tomorrow afternoon to make noise about the out-of-control pedestrian collisions as of late.

The rally will take place at noon, an hour before the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency board meets. The walking and cycling populations in San Francisco are urging the city to sign off on a "Vision Zero" plan which sets the ambitious goal of eliminating pedestrian fatalities in 10 years.

The groups are hopeful the city will accomplish this with more police enforcement in high-traffic areas, more pedestrian safety improvements, and driver education courses for commercials drivers, to name a few.

Pedestrian safety has been in the headlines as of late after a spate of fatalities and pedestrian injuries, including the death of 6-year-old Sofia Liu who was hit by an Uber driver on New Year's Eve.

According to Walk SF, last year had a record number of people killed while walking and biking, including 21 pedestrians and four bicyclists who were killed That's the highest number since 2007.

Police confirmed that 167 people were hit by cars or bikes between Dec. 31, 2013 and Jan. 12.

H/T: KGO News


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Erin Sherbert was the Online News Editor for SF Weekly from 2010 to 2015. She's a Texas native and has a closet full of cowboy boots to prove it.

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