SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) – San Francisco drivers are being reminded to slow down while driving through the city during this holiday season, a time when more pedestrians take to the streets.

San Francisco has the highest per capita vehicle-pedestrian collision rate in California. Among the dangerous intersections: 6th and Market and 19th and Holloway.

KCBS’ Margie Shafer Reports:

San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon said deadly accidents don’t have to occur if drivers slow down.

“Especially during the holiday season, we have a greater number of pedestrians walking on the streets,” said Gascon. “It’s also getting dark earlier.”

Every year, more than 800 people are hit by cars in San Francisco.

Elizabeth Stampe, Executive Director with Walk San Francisco, said the collisions are six times more likely to be deadly if drivers are traveling 30 miles per hour rather than 20 miles per hour.

“The holiday season is a time of sharing and we should be sharing our streets,” she said.

That sharing also includes bicyclists, as the numbers continue to increase in San Francisco.

“Just in the last four years, the number of people biking has increased by 58 percent,” said Leah Shahum with the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition.

Shahum said that cycling does come with rights and responsibilities, including efforts to insure that bicyclists are visible at night.

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Comments (2)
  1. fred wilson says:

    Putting the blame on the drivers alone is oversimplifying the issue. Many of San Francisco streets are not built for “sharing”. Bicyclists have very few dedicated lanes and shouldering the responsibility of their welfare on drivers is unfair and unrealistic.
    Pedestrians as well could use some common sense. If a car is half way through an intersection walking in front of them with the attitude of ‘if you hit me the law is on my side’ does no one any favors.
    Cars and bikes drive on the street, pedestrians walk on the sidewalk. Pedestrians are ultimately responsible for the timing of when he/she starts to cross the street and to ensure that all vehicles see them crossing.


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