Pedestrian Safety Highlights Mission’s Cesar Chavez Street Project

SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) — A San Francisco street known for its high number of pedestrian injuries has undergone a major traffic-calming transformation designed to improve safety.

At the ribbon cutting ceremony for the Cesar Chavez Streetscape Project, Department of Public Works Project Manager Cristina Calderon Olea said they started working with the community five years ago to see what changes were wanted.

“One of the things we wanted clear was that everyone wanted pedestrian safety improved. That’s really at the heart of this project is making it safer for pedestrians,” she said.

Cutting each direction of Cesar Chavez from three lanes to two between Guerrero and Highway 101 is part of the plan, but you should also expect sidewalks to be widened, along with a tree-lined median, and bike lanes.

San Francisco Supervisor David Campos said projects like these are very much needed.

“I think the only thing we can do for the people that have died in the last few weeks is to make sure that we make a commitment to make sure that a death of that nature never happens again in San Francisco,” he said.

21 pedestrians were hit and killed in San Francisco in 2013.

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