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How Mayor Lee Can Make Smart Investments in Safer Streets in 2012
Posted By Elizabeth Stampe On January 17, 2012 @ 7:00 pm In Mayor Ed Lee,Pedestrian Infrastructure,Pedestrian Safety,Pedestrians,Walk SF | 3 Comments
With Mayor Ed Lee inaugurated to his first full term, Streetsblog is asking leading advocates and experts to lay out their ideas for how the mayor can move San Francisco’s transportation policy forward. We continue our series with today’s installment from Elizabeth Stampe, executive director of Walk San Francisco .
At Walk San Francisco’s big member bash last month, Mayor Ed Lee celebrated San Francisco becoming the first big city in the state to take swift action to make neighborhoods safer for kids to walk to school by implementing 15 mile per hour zones  at 60 schools out of 180 to come.
“We will, in our lifetimes, get to zero” pedestrian deaths, declared the Mayor, calling for “experimenting out of the box with every possible idea to make streets safer.”
The mayor set a bold vision for San Francisco, and an “out of the box” approach may be just what we need to reach it. But to stand by his commitment, Mayor Lee must provide the leadership our city needs to make smart, immediate investments to improve pedestrian safety in 2012.
Over half of the city’s serious and fatal pedestrian crashes occur on just 7 percent of the city’s streets, according to the Mayor’s Pedestrian Safety Task Force, which started work last year on former Mayor Gavin Newsom’s December 2010  Executive Directive on Pedestrian Safety [PDF ].
That finding can provide critical guidance for the city to effectively direct its resources — from traffic enforcement to street redesigns — to save the most lives. Streets that are safer and more pleasant to walk on, research has shown, also tend to increase home values  and benefit the bottom line  for local businesses and city coffers.
We have the funds available to invest in safer streets. San Francisco voters in 2010 approved Prop AA , a vehicle license fee that helps fund pedestrian safety improvements, as well as last fall’s Prop B , which provides $50 million in bonds for both walking and biking.
As Mayor Lee begins his first full term in 2012, here are a few key initiatives he can take to save lives and help boost the economy:
Mayor Lee knows that improving streets can make the city thrive. Getting Prop B passed was a great start; now it’s time to walk the walk and use it wisely.
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URLs in this post:
 Walk San Francisco: http://walksf.org/
 15 mile per hour zones: http://sf.streetsblog.org/2011/08/18/mayor-sfmta-walks-announce-first-15-mph-school-zone/
 Image: http://sf.streetsblog.org/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2012/01/Mayor_speaking_crop.jpg
 December 2010: http://sfmayor.org/ftp/archive/mayornewsom/press-release-mayor-newsom-signs-pedestrian-safety-executive-directive/index.html
 PDF: http://sf.streetsblog.org/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2011/03/ED-10-03-Pedestrian-Safety-2.pdf
 home values: http://blog.walkscore.com/2009/08/new-study-shows-one-point-of-walk-score-worth-up-to-3000/
 benefit the bottom line: http://www.vtpi.org/walkability.pdf
 Prop AA: http://www.spur.org/goodgovernment/ballotanalysis/Nov2010/propaa
 Prop B: http://sf.streetsblog.org/2011/07/29/streets-bond-measure-headed-to-november-ballot/
 Image: http://www.sfphes.org/transportation/Pedestrian_Injury_and_Fatality_Corridors_San_Francisco.jpg
 60 miles of streets per year: http://www.nyc.gov/html/dot/html/about/pedsafetyreport.shtml
 Better Streets Plan: http://www.sf-planning.org/ftp/BetterStreets/index.htm
 parklet-and-plaza: http://sfpavementtoparks.sfplanning.org/
 This week’s pilot project: http://sfdpw.org/index.aspx?page=1539
 District Attorney Gascón: http://sf.streetsblog.org/2011/12/20/will-da-gascon-reform-the-double-standard-for-drivers-who-kill/
 public space: http://sf.streetsblog.org/2011/09/19/first-walking-sunday-streets-a-hit-in-chinatown-and-north-beach/
 outweigh the costs of running the program: http://streetsblog.net/2011/12/21/health-benefits-of-ciclovia-events-outweigh-costs/
 his pride in Sunday Streets: http://sf.streetsblog.org/2011/03/14/mayor-lee-to-bring-sunday-streets-to-chinatown-and-north-beach-this-year/
 permanent and regular: http://sf.streetsblog.org/2011/01/10/sunday-streets-evolves-into-a-permanent-institution-with-eight-events-in-2011/
 Fisherman’s Wharf Public Realm Plan: http://sfplanning.org/ftp/CDG/CDG_fishermans_wharf.htm
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