Distracted driving is dangerous and all too common on San Francisco streets. That is why Vision Zero SF is launching a first of its kind high visibility enforcement and education campaign aimed at reducing distracted driving. To launch the campaign, SFMTA is crowdsourcing locations where San Franciscans have observed or experienced distracted driving and would like to see it enforced in early 2018. You can participate at www.sfmta.com/DistractedDriving. It’s quick and easy – share with your friends and neighbors!
Vision Zero SF recently released a first-of-its-kind motorcycle safety video that aims to teach riders some basic and more advanced safety practices for riding in the city. Share this video with your friends who ride and let us know what you think!
Last June, after a woman was tragically killed by a speeding driver in Golden Gate Park, Mayor Ed Lee directed the SFMTA and other agencies to make drastic safety improvements in targeted areas of the city – one of those was speed humps in the park. Since they were installed on JFK Drive, average car speeds on that street have dropped from 32 to 26 miles per hour. The SFMTA and Rec & Park want to expand that safety success to MLK Drive, the other main thoroughfare in the park. The plan would bring nine speed humps to MLK Drive and one more on JFK Drive. We are excited to see continued safety improvements that will help us reach our Vision Zero goal of zero deaths on our roads.
This summer, the San Francisco Department of Public Health (SFDPH) recently released an update of the Vision Zero SF High Injury Network. The network is the 13% of San Francisco streets where 75% of the severe and fatal injuries occur – the streets that we must make safer in order to achieve Vision Zero. The update comes as result of months of work at SFDPH to link police and hospital records. This innovative process to use the best available data is the first of its kind in the nation and will help other cities create their own systems of analysis. It’s just another way San Francisco is committed to being a leader in safety. You can read a summary of the network, local media coverage of the update or a press release to learn more.
Do you or someone you know ride a motorcycle in San Francisco? Come to 2017’s last (free!) Vision Zero SF Motorcycle Safety Ambassador training on Wednesday, 9/27 at Dubbelju Motorcycle Rentals in the Mission.
Join the SFMTA, SFPD’s motorcycle officers and other riders from San Francisco for the first round of Vision Zero SF Motorcycle Safety Ambassador Trainings. These are the first motorcycle-specific safety trainings ever conducted in San Francisco and are the first motorcycle-specific Vision Zero events in America.
At the meeting we will:
- Learn statistics and best practices about riding in San Francisco
- Discuss new trends and changes coming to the streets of the city
- Talk about the best ways to be an ambassador and riding expert within your community
- Answer questions, to each other and to the SFMTA and SFPD, about riding in San Francisco
- Network and have fun
RSVP and more info here.
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!
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.
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!
It’s an exciting time to be a cyclist in San Francisco! The SFMTA’s new bicycle vision guide highlights, among other investments, the 92 miles of new bikeways that are planned in San Francisco over the next four years. We hope you find it informative and that it gives you a better idea of where Vision Zero efforts for bike safety can take us in the next few years.
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.