Motorcycle Safety Ambassador Training Dates

SFMTA and SF Department of Public Health staff have been working hard in 2017 to develop a Motorcycle Safety Ambassador Training as part of the Vision Zero Motorcycle Safety Education Campaign. After working with the SFPD and venues around the city, the dates of those free trainings are fast-approaching! Participants will learn some basic and not-so-basic facts about riding motorcycles in San Francisco as well as the best ways to be an ambassador within the motorcycle community. Spread the word and choose the training that works for you – there are three remaining options in September with more to come in the future!

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One of Many in a New Generation

People riding bicycles through the Bernal Cut noticed an improved ride last month, as the bike lane on San Jose Avenue received increased infrastructure protection. On this intimidating stretch of road with relatively fast-moving auto traffic, it is important that bike riders are given the most protection possible. Read more about the new bike lane and the new generation of bikeways it’s a part of. 

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Vision Zero Heroes Press the Flesh for Street Safety

As “Summer” turns to SF Summer, the Vision Zero SF Street Team has been out on the town talking to residents and visitors about street safety. From Tenderloin Sunday Streets, to the free day at the SF Zoo and at the NoisePop 20th St Block Party, our team has been raising awareness and taking feedback about the city’s efforts to end serious injury and death on our roadways. As you visit SF’s street fairs and popular attractions, keep your eyes peeled for our outreach teams and maybe even the silver-haired Vision Zero Hero!

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SF’s New Two-Year Vision Zero Action Strategy Released

Last week, we released our Two-Year Vision Zero Action Strategy for 2017-2018, the foundation for how and why San Francisco is working to end traffic deaths on our streets.

Our new Vision Zero Action Strategy outlines the initiatives city departments must lead to reach that goal, the challenges we face and the drive behind our commitment to making it a reality. It’s also a look at our progress since San Francisco adopted Vision Zero in 2014, including the number of lives lost in 2016 and the impact of our efforts to bring it to zero.

The strategy is focused on three main outcomes San Francisco needs to achieve to eliminate traffic fatalities: Safe streets, safe people and safe vehicles.

It’s important to remember that traffic fatalities aren’t just numbers. The victims of these tragic and preventable collisions are family members, friends and neighbors. In documenting our efforts and progress to end these deaths, we reaffirm our city’s commitment to do more, faster to reach Vision Zero.

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Neighborhood Focus: Excelsior/Portola

Take a look at this SF Gate article that profiles the new “people’s path” through McLaren Park – San Francisco’s second largest. What was once a high-speed road through the park has been transformed into a bike and walking path that is much safer for pedestrians and cyclists. It’s a welcome addition to San Francisco’s southeastern neighborhoods!

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Groundbreaking Findings

Two weeks ago, Vision Zero participated in a “Tweet chat” with Berkeley Media Studies Group (BMSG) and a few other organizations about the report BMSG released this month about how the San Francisco media coverage of traffic safety could affect Vision Zero. The conversation answered questions about the report as well as general safety concerns in SF. Check out the Storify of the chat and catch up on an enlightening discussion about the groundbreaking report.

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Transformations Across the Bay

Recently, famed urbanist Janette Sadik-Khan Tweeted a congratulations to Oakland (and its new Department of Transportation) on the new bike lanes crossing the town. It is important that San Franciscans see that we are regional pioneers for such improvements and that our advocacy work is being replicated around the region. Maybe next the A’s could take some lessons from the Giants!

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Don’t Block the Box!

This Stanley Roberts “People Behaving Badly” segment is especially relevant to Vision Zero. It showcased increased enforcement of “blocking the box,” a dangerous and illegal driving habit that endangers all road users. Part of Vision Zero’s strategy is increasing enforcement of such practices. By raising awareness of increased enforcement, hopefully drivers will think twice before entering an intersection that’s blocked. Take a look at the Vision Zero Urban Driving Safety video for the dos and don’t of driving in congested environments like San Francisco.

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A Safer City for All

Check out this insightful quote from Yvette Fang, a San Francisco advocate for persons with disabilities. She believes that, while zero deaths is an ambitious goal, it is one the city needs. Fang’s perspective is important because it is a reminder that certain road users are more vulnerable than others and we must keep them in mind when thinking about street safety.

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