Social equity is at the core of Vision Zero.
A third of San Francisco’s streets run through historically disadvantaged communities, yet streets in these neighborhoods are almost twice as likely to be on the high injury network. Half of the High Injury Network–the 12% of streets where over 70% of collisions occur–is located in neighborhoods defined as “Equity Priority Communities” by the Metropolitan Transportation Commission—low-income communities, communities of color, seniors and people who rely on walking and transit as their primary means of transportation. By prioritizing safety on these streets, Vision Zero prioritizes safety in these neighborhoods.
Achieving Vision Zero means fixing these problems fairly and ensuring that all of our communities have safe streets. Livability and safety are only achieved when all communities have achieved Vision Zero.