In 2010, the Mayor issued Executive Directive 10-03, which calls on the City to reduce fatal and serious injuries to pedestrians by 25% by 2016 and 50% by 2021 (compared to a 2008 baseline). In response, the Pedestrian Safety Task Force was convened by the Mayor and led by SFMTA and SFDPH; it was comprised of key city agencies including Planning, the County Transportation Authority (SFCTA), Department of Public Works (SFDPW), the Police Department, the District Attorney’s Office as well as community stakeholders including Walk San Francisco, members of the Pedestrian Safety Advisory Committee, and Senior Action Network.
The Directive also called for the development of a Pedestrian Strategy, which would examine current conditions and make recommendations for near- and long-term actions and funding sources to improve safety and walkability.
An existing conditions report was created by WalkFirst, an interagency collaboration between the San Francisco Department of Public Health (SFDPH), Planning Department, Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA), and the County Transportation Authority. WalkFirst identified key walking streets throughout San Francisco, utilized the high-injury corridor methodology developed by SFDPH, and recommended criteria to prioritize and improve pedestrian safety and walking conditions, encourage walking, and enhance pedestrian connections to key destinations.
The Pedestrian Strategy was released by Mayor Ed Lee in April 2013, and is available here.
High Injury Corridors represent 6 percent of San Francisco’s street miles (70 miles), but 60 percent of severe and fatal injuries. These Corridors are streets where high numbers of pedestrian injuries occur. Some intersections do not fit into corridors but may have specific challenges that warrant special attention.
Key Risk Factors include:
Speed — 90 percent of pedestrians are killed when hit by a vehicle traveling at 55mph.
Drivers’ failure to yield — 70 percent of pedestrian injuries occur at intersections; the top factor cited in pedestrian collisions is driver failure to yield the right of way (>40%).
Left turns — One-quarter of pedestrians injured in San Francisco are hit by a left-turning vehicle, over twice the proportion of people injured by vehicles turning right (10%).