Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Supervisors adopt plan to end pedestrian deaths in SF within 10 years

Posted By on Tue, Mar 18, 2014 at 9:14 PM

San Francisco supervisors adopted a Vision Zero plan Tuesday that sets a goal of achieving zero pedestrian and bicyclist fatalities by 2024.

The effort was modeled after similar efforts in other major cities such as New York and comes amid a rise in pedestrian deaths and injuries as a result of traffic collisions in San Francisco.



The initiative was first laid out two weeks after a New Year’s Eve collision in the Tenderloin that killed 6-year-old Sophia Liu, one of 21 pedestrian fatalities last year.

In addition, four bicyclist fatalities were reported last year, making it the deadliest year for pedestrian and cyclist deaths since 2001, officials said.

Introduced by Supervisor Jane Kim, the plan was approved by the Board of Supervisors in an 11-0 vote. Among the plan’s requirements is the implementation of at least 24 pedestrian and cyclist safety pilot projects during the next two years.

Those projects could include separate bike lanes or left-turn restrictions. 

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