Monday, February 3, 2014

SFMTA board to address plan to end pedestrian, cyclist deaths in SF

Posted By on Mon, Feb 3, 2014 at 8:15 PM

click to enlarge Jane Kim, along with fellow supervisors John Avalos and Norman Yee, introduced the Vision Zero policy.
  • Jane Kim, along with fellow supervisors John Avalos and Norman Yee, introduced the Vision Zero policy.
At an annual budget workshop today, San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency board members will, among other issues, consider adopting a Vision Zero policy aimed at eliminating pedestrian and cyclist fatalities in The City within a decade.

The framework was introduced by Supervisors Jane Kim, John Avalos and Norman Yee three weeks ago and adopted by the Police Department shortly after. Transit officials first considered the policy when SFMTA board Vice Chair Cheryl Brinkman called for a resolution in support of Vision Zero at a Jan. 21 meeting.

“We play a major role in ensuring that pedestrians can safely walk the streets in San Francisco and we’re committed to the goal of zero lives lost,” Brinkman said at the meeting. “One life lost is too many, and the recent spate of injuries and deaths has affected everybody deeply, and has been far too many.”

Adopting Vision Zero would require support for implementing at least two dozen pedestrian and bicyclist safety projects in the next two years at locations identified by the WalkFirst project, as well as creating a mandatory driver safety curriculum for large vehicles.

Stakeholder Walk San Francisco is calling for the SFMTA to spend more money on pedestrian safety than office supplies. The agency’s 2014 operating budget set aside $5 million for small equipment and supplies, compared to $3.4 million per year to build pedestrian safety projects and $168,000 for staff focusing on pedestrian safety. 

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