Hold cyclists accountable
Surely as Transportation Director Ed Reiskin of the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency noted in his guest column, accident reduction for pedestrians is an important priority to make San Francisco walkable.
But he neglected to note that pedestrians have been struck by bicycles going through red lights; these were not solely the fatal accidents of two pedestrians during the past two years. To make the city walkable, rogue bicyclists must be brought to heel in intersections and on sidewalks. Presently, there is little, if any, citing of these violations.
Secondly, walking distances must be comfortable for the sick, elderly and disabled. Much of the Transit Effectiveness Project will require distances of a quarter-mile, which is detrimental to the health of the physically frail.
Until these concerns are addressed, the proposed bond measure should be voted down in the interest of San Franciscans.
Herbert J. Weiner
➤ “S.F. health officials recommend support of Vision Zero safety plan,” The City, March 19
Make pedestrians a priority
It’s time for San Francisco to take the issue of pedestrian safety seriously.
The Vision Zero safety plan was adopted recently by the Board of Supervisors, Police Department and San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, and that’s a good start. Now let’s enforce the laws to protect pedestrians.
At the intersection of Columbus Avenue and Francisco Street, there are two pedestrian crosswalks. Drivers race along Columbus without yielding to pedestrians. The violators include drivers of taxis, Muni buses, Department of Public Works and other municipal vehicles, and even police vehicles.
I have met several times with the staff of Board of Supervisors President David Chiu and have contacted the Mayor’s Office, Muni, Department of Parking and Traffic, and the Police Department to request help regarding this issue. There were no responses.