SFMTA Announces 24 Vision Zero Bike/Ped Projects for Next 24 Months

At this morning’s Walk to Work Day press conference, SFMTA Director Ed Reiskin announced a plan to implement 24 bike and pedestrian safety projects over the next 24 months [PDF]. This is the most concrete safety plan unveiled so far, ever since city leaders pledged to pursue Vision Zero.

Nicole Schneider presented Walk SF’s “Street Score” report card for pedestrian safety in SF today, alongside Supervisor Malia Cohen (left). Photo: Aaron Bialick

The projects (listed below) include bulb-outs, traffic signal changes, road diets, turn restrictions, and even a conceptual “raised cycletrack” on upper Market Street. Half the projects are funded (one “partially”), and the SFMTA hasn’t assigned an order to them yet. Some of the projects have already been in planning, like the Second Street and Polk Street redesigns, and at some locations the “WalkFirst improvements” have yet to be designed.

Vision Zero “is something that we’re united around as a city family,” said Reiskin on the steps of City Hall, surrounded by a full roster of elected officials and department heads, minus Mayor Ed Lee.

The 24-project list wasn’t heavily discussed at the city’s second official Walk to Work Day press conference, where city leaders re-iterated the urgency of Vision Zero — the goal of ending traffic deaths within 10 years. Every member of the Board of Supervisors and other officials walked to City Hall, starting at points around the city. The furthest trekkers included Reiskin, who walked from west of Twin Peaks; Supervisor Eric Mar, from Arguello Boulevard; and Supervisor John Avalos, from the Excelsior.

Walk SF also presented a “report card” grading pedestrian safety in San Francisco:

  • Overall progress towards Vision Zero: C+
  • Walkability: A+
  • Pedestrian Safety: D+
  • Funding: D+
  • Engineering: C+
  • Enforcement: B
  • Education and Outreach: B-

“We have the fabric of a walkable city,” said Walk SF Executive Director Nicole Schneider. “But unfortunately, we have a relic of an older generation with our transportation system. We have streets that were designed for speed and not for safety… This isn’t something that our current administration came up with, but it’s going to take a lot of funding and a lot of work to change.”

Ed Reiskin speaks with Supervisor Eric Mar (left), DA George Gascón, and Supervisor Jane Kim (right). Photo: Aaron Bialick

Supervisor Jane Kim, who participated in Walk to Work Day before it was even made official, noted that just yesterday, a three-year-old boy was critically injured by a pickup truck driver while riding his bike in a crosswalk at Fulton Street and 43rd Avenue in the Outer Richmond.

“This is impacting lives right at this moment,” said Kim. “There’s nothing that highlights this more than going to a funeral and holding the hands of grieving family and friends who unnecessarily lost the lives of their loved ones.”

The speeches, from city supervisors and from leaders in transportation and law enforcement, showed a keen understanding of the urgency of making streets safer, both through engineering and through enforcement that targets the most dangerous traffic violations.

“We’re in a place today where we haven’t been before — we have a commitment across the board from our community and our city family to make [Vision Zero] a reality,” said District Attorney George Gascón, who announced plans in February to create a dedicated vehicular manslaughter unit. “We’re committed to ensuring that those that can cause the most harm, which are obviously the ones who are operating motor vehicles, understand that sharing the road when driving carries a much greater responsibility.”

Even Mayor Lee and and SF Fire Chief Johanne Hayes-White seem to be grasping that. Although Lee didn’t attend the press conference (he was with Nancy Pelosi, announcing that Salesforce will occupy the Transbay Tower), he and Hayes-White are two of the city officials featured in a new series of TV spots released for the “Be Nice, Look Twice” campaign. Lee, Hayes-White, and SFPD Chief Greg Suhr are shown in the ads listing the top three causes of pedestrian injuries: drivers’ failure to yield, red light running, and speeding.

One ad in the series also features Supervisor Norman Yee saying that he was hit by a driver in 2006 “and still [has] yet to fully recover,” and another two versions of the ads feature the family of 21-year-old Dylan Mitchell, who was killed while riding his bike by a truck driver at 16th Street and South Van Ness Avenue.

Here’s Lee’s TV spot, followed by the list of 24 projects. Read more from the Walk to Work Day event at SF Appeal.

The SFMTA’s list of 24 projects to be implemented within the next 24 months.
  • Jonathan Alexander

    It’s amazing how many moving violations by drivers occur in the background of the ad with Chief Suhr: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jmQkkH__2io&list=UUYQF3-mJrEq7ZhnLw2DJrPg

  • Jonathan Alexander

    That list is so vague about what the actual improvements will be that I’m unsure whether I should be excited about it. Also, signals (and stop signs) have been shown to work poorly as traffic calming improvements.

  • 94110

    Market/Duboce/Buchanan in construction. Anyone know where to find info on that?

  • Bruce Halperin

    I noticed that too. Woohoo!

    This is also the first I’m hearing of a raised cycletrack on upper Market.

  • Justin

    Sounds like a start, but we’ll see if they our elected leaders and SFMTA are REALLY SERIOUS about it, I won’t believe it until I see the PHYSICAL PROOF. Also when it comes to bike lanes lets hope that these lanes provide REAL PROTECTION in other words (PROTECTED BIKE LANES) where needed like on most of Market Street and other downtown streets that need it, maybe even PARKING PROTECTED BIKE LANES on one way streets in SOMA

  • I’m stoked about this list. I hope the SFMTA folks will tell us more soon. Second Street early rollout! Anything would be great, even some reprinted Sharrows. Hope it means that, and more, soon.

  • DarksoulLTD

    Vison Zero / Walkfirst Complaints are being inserted….to embrace congestion to cars which give more chances of getting in accident with human beings.

  • maaaty

    But, but Rob Anderson, people!!!?! Did anyone vet this with him?

  • Upright Biker

    Wrong, dude.

    Congestion results in slower traffic speeds, which gives pedestrians and bicyclists a fighting chance of both avoiding and surviving accidents.

  • hp2ena

    From what I understand, the developer is funding a sidewalk extension, repaving, and supersharrows to better tie the Wiggle onto Market Street. But MTA knows more than me, obviously.

  • DarksoulLTD

    But unsafe for the drivers in the road .

  • Kevin J

    By including Polk, does this mean there will be bike lanes in both directions, or are the politicians hoping we’re to stupid we won’t noticing there protecting car parking over public safety.

    Unless they are puting bike in both directions, this is just more of Mayor Lees corrupt bullshit and that assbag should be drive out of office.

  • Upright Biker

    Wrong again!

    Drivers operating at low speeds, even in congestion, have more time to react and, even in the event of a collision, are less likely to injure someone or be injured themselves.

    There’s this thing called “physics” that you should study up on…

  • Mom on a bike

    Hello and welcome to Streetsblog. If you have some point to make about how increasing safety for one user of the road puts another in danger, fine, but how about writing in clear, understandable sentences and backing up your assertions with some sort of citation or reference?

  • Dark Soul

    I try my best freetype….

    You people can go ahead agree on their one-sided focus on improving safety all you want while others agree on the other side.
    ……
    Let me guess they going start changing the streets when there a collusion between a Human or a Bike Person and a Vehicle ..They going start changing that part of the street because there was Human Related Accident with a car. (Random Ex.Street Changes on Fulton +
    26th Avenue or Quintara + 47th avenue) I am sure they will either add wider sidewalks/Traffic Lock to either improve reliability to Muni or People…. To obstruct the traffic making more dangerous to drive and more result in mass accident even on the sidewalks.

    *No Safety Overall* *Not Balanced*
    Safety only goes to 1 area instead of all around.

    I have Seen Bike people ignores warning signs (sometimes run stop signs) resulted in accident with either MUNI BUS or Car. A Street Change was inserted in the area after blaming the drivers. When people ride bike they should be aware these rules that should not to be ignored or they will get accident and the drivers get jailed because of the accident

    Also for people who crossing a crosswalk should look all directions just to secure the safety of your self and if a child is in your hold don’t let them pass you or unsafe happening occurred like the recent accident between a “3year old and truck driver” on Fulton and 43rd avenue.

    Beside that, I have nothing against safety or bike safety as i am bike person/car driver/street walker/muni bus rider. It would be best if both side of feedback would be hear before making quick changes to embrace safety.

  • Upright Biker

    Um, that was weird.

  • Kevin J

    But those are just car owners. If those had been cyclists it would be a serious matter, but we have all seen how the SFPD will not only let drivers get away with murder, but conspire with the killers to put blame on the victim.

    That should just sound like I’m some conspiracy nut, but it really is how he runs the police department.

  • Jamison Wieser

    For those who think politely asking drivers not to kill children is weak sauce,

    Don’t worry, the SFMTA is also putting the word out to Muni riders that it’s our responsibility to not get hit by traffic. Perhaps this was meant to coincide with the SFMTA’s decisions to scrap safe boarding platforms at Metro stops to preserve traffic and parking?

  • cherylmeril

    The pedestrians are completely out of control doing whatever they want. They will walk into the middle of a busy street wearing their huge stereo headphones as if they’re in their living room. When you tell them to take the cross walk they will mock you. There is no police enforcement whatsoever, the city has dropped the ball and wants to stick it to tax payers to change the infrastructure rather than enforce the laws.

  • cherylmeril

    That’s because they’re evil and evil will do whatever it wants to do without restraint.

  • MR.BOBO

    No doubt

  • Common sense

    Oh it’s the driver! Oh it’s the sidewalk! Oh it’s the street lights! Oh it’s the speeding!

    Oh shut up!!!!

    It’s called paying attention. Put your phone down and look up. Stop and look both ways before you just decide to run into the street. Don’t just jump into the street expecting them to yield to you as if your god. Some drivers are punks as are some pedestrians.

    For anybody in San Francisco that still has a head use it. You’ll see them before they see you.

    Too many cry babies putting blame on everybody and everything else instead of where it belongs. Their own stupidity.

  • Duane

    LITTLE KNOW FACT………
    Over 10 years ago when a SF Supervisor named Mable Tang began her personal crusade to SAVE THE PEDESTRIAN….
    over 50% of all pedestrian accidents that year involved MUNI BUSES…..sorry to mention this seldom reported fact of history STREET BLOG……we know how much you hate to hear the truth.

  • Duane

    Vision 0 has 0 Vision. Bulbouts put pedestrians closer to traffic now. New overhead signal lights mean drivers no longer have to look at the corner signal lights which is where pedestrians stand (the old corner only signal lights were much safer), the streets are getting so congested with lines and colors and stripes that drivers are getting confused. The streets are becoming so painted up and full of signs drives are so busy looking at the signs and paint that they don’t see the pedestrian. 0 Vision will lead to more dangerous streets….not safer.

  • Little known, indeed! If you can provide a citation for this incredible fact, we’ll be happy to consider reporting it when it’s relevant.

  • Fran Taylor

    We could start the research by spelling her name right. It’s Mabel Teng.

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