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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Realizing Our Cycling Potential

Check out this Tweet by NACTO that links to an article about making cycling safer in America’s urban communities. Among the more telling statistics is that “According to NACTO, ‘60% of the [U.S.] population are ‘interested but concerned’ about biking,’ and 80% of those would ride on a separated or protected bike lane” given the opportunity. We hope this gets you thinking about the inherent potential for cycling that safer bicycle infrastructure would unlock.

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Working Toward Equity

Check out this Tweet from Complete Streets that features a graph from their 2014 report on pedestrian safety. It shows what many seasoned safe streets advocates already know but everyone else may not: pedestrian fatalities are a public health crisis for seniors and people of color. We think it is important to get this message out there and let people know that marginalized communities are bearing a disproportionate share of traffic deaths.

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Evolution or Devolution?

Everyone, meet Graham. This somewhat familiar yet very alien man is the creation of Australian scientists, artists and safety advocates and he is the personification of all the attributes humans would need to survive being hit by a car. While at first one may laugh upon seeing his strange features, one then realizes that humans don’t look like this and we are not designed to survive a collision with a car.

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