San Francisco Pedestrian Deaths On Track To Surpass Past Year’s Statistics

SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS)— According to San Francisco Police Department statistics, the number of pedestrians killed in the city this year is likely to surpass figures from 2011. The city is now working to implement new safety measures.

10 pedestrians have been killed so far in 2012. 17 were killed last year and 15 in 2010. To some who walk in the Financial District everyday, it’s no surprise.

One woman said she saw a bicycle do a left hand turn, zoomed around and just about hit two pedestrians right in front of her on Tuesday.

Another person said it may be because of smartphones and that people need to pay closer attention to traffic when using their devices.

Most of this year’s fatal collisions actually involve vehicles and pedestrians, although one did involve a cyclist in the Castro who hit and killed an 71-year-old man.

Mickey Iawi said everyone has to be careful in such a busy city.

KCBS’ Anna Duckworth Reports:

“San Francisco has a very strange set of traffic rules and considerations with all the one way streets, tourists going through Nob Hill not knowing where they’re going, going the wrong way on a one-way street. I see that all the time,” she said.

Earlier this year speed limits were limited to almost 200 areas near schools and in the South of Market area in an effort to protect pedestrians.

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