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Monday, November 17, 2014

S.F. to Spend Money on Pedestrian Safety

Posted By on Mon, Nov 17, 2014 at 4:16 PM

We've allotted a good deal of space on this blog reporting pedestrian deaths and injuries, and for good reason: people are still dying on the streets of San Francisco, despite the city's vow to end all pedestrian deaths by 2024. 

That's a lofty 10-year goal, especially when money is hard to come by. Luckily, city leaders have scored a small sum of cash which they plan to spend solely on improving pedestrian safety around town. 

On Thursday, Police Chief Greg Suhr will make an appearance at Sixth and Market streets to announce a $210,000 grant that was awarded to San Francisco, thanks to the State Office of Traffic Safety.

Specifically, this money will be used  for pedestrian and bicycle safety enforcement and education as part of the City’s Vision Zero policy.

Despite the city’s reputation as being one of the most pedestrian and bicycle friendly cities in the U.S., close to 900 pedestrians a year are hit by autos and the number of pedestrian/bicycle injuries and fatalities has been growing over the past few years.
So here's what the cops plan to do with that money: 

  • Increase traffic enforcement operations in areas with high pedestrian traffic accidents;

  • Host bicycle & pedestrian safety presentations to community groups in critical traffic corridors;

  • Offer bicycle and pedestrian safety presentations at schools and to youth involved in the Crossing Guard Program;

  • Distribute multi-lingual pedestrian safety materials in diverse neighborhoods;

  • And finally, get people to take this pedestrian safety survey;

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Erin Sherbert

Erin Sherbert

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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