Pedestrian-involved collisions down 25 percent in San Francisco 

Although this may come as a bit of surprise to people who live along Van Ness Avenue, walking in San Francisco has gotten a whole lot safer in recent years.

Since 2000, the number of injury collisions involving pedestrians has fallen by 25 percent, according to the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency. In 2000, the SFMTA began implementing a new pedestrian safety program aimed at making city thoroughfares more accessible for walkers.

Improvements from the program include narrower streets, more clearly defined crosswalks, an increase in pedestrian countdown signals and better signage. The upgrades will continue, as the SFMTA has identified 180 intersections that will soon receive new traffic-calming measures.

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