Eyes on the Street…Literally!

You may have noticed an increased number of SFPD officers citing for distracted driving. This is part of a series of six high-visibility enforcement events that are intended to not only dissuade drivers from operating phones while driving, but also to inform the public that ending distracted driving is a high priority for the city. It caught the attention of KRON reporter Stanley Roberts, who featured an enforcement event in a recent People Behaving Badly segment. Give it a watch and tell your friends to obey the law by not using their phones while driving!

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The First Vision Zero SF Monthly Roundup

Looking for a way to keep track of some of the accomplishments that San Francisco city agencies have made in the name of eliminating traffic fatalities? As well as following the Vision Zero SF Twitter and Facebook pages, you can now follow our YouTube channel for a series of monthly updates! Last month we debuted this new series aimed at keeping SF residents aware and engaged with the projects making our streets safer. 

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Quicker Improvements for Increased Safety

Folsom and Howard Streets in SoMa are going to get much safer in the near-term with all kinds of much-needed improvements, such as increasing yellow zones for safer loading, adding boarding islands for safer Muni passengers, and adding red zones near crosswalks to improve the visibility. But perhaps the most visible to users of the street will be the parking-protected bike lane on Folsom that began construction last week. The lane will make biking safer on this heavily-traveled route and help us reach our goal of zero traffic deaths.

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Know Where Drivers Are Distracted? Tell us!

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 the crowdsoutcing website. It’s quick and easy – share with your friends and neighbors! 

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“It’s Not a Freeway, It’s a Park”

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.

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Data Updates Toward Vision Zero

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. 

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Vision Zero Motorcycle Safety Ambassador Trainings – One Left in 2017!

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.

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