Safer Streets

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We move around San Francisco in many different ways – on foot, by bicycle, on Muni, in a wheelchair, in a car. Sometimes this mix of movement can feel chaotic, with disorder and confusion resulting all too often in serious injuries or worse.

1949J Jefferson1Through research, study and practice, we’ve learned that we can make our streets safer for everyone by investing in improvements that change how roadways are organized. We can separate bicycles from cars, make crosswalks safer and easier to see, let drivers know when it’s OK to turn left, and let people walking know how long they have to safely cross a street. Investments like these not only reduce stress – they save lives.

Street safety investments are central to the two measures approved by voters in November 2014 and the measures proposed for future ballots. Thanks to voter support in 2014, we are making safety improvements across the city.

Further investment would enable us to speed our efforts to:

  • Crossing GuardBuild proven safety features on high-injury streets. Sixty percent of serious and fatal traffic injuries occur on just 6 percent of city streets. We’ll focus on these streets first, with safety features such as pedestrian signals, lighting enhancements, traffic calming and wider, more visible crosswalks.
  • People bicycling and people driving will have more space to themselves. We’ll build up to 65 miles of safer, better-defined bikeways that protect all road users. As bikeway projects are prioritized, the city will work closely with communities to ensure proposals meet local needs.
  • Move closer to Vision Zero. The City’s goal is to eliminate traffic deaths in San Francisco by 2024. Transportation 2030 includes more than $500 million in infrastructure investment that’ll help make Vision Zero a reality.