The number of traffic citations issued by police in San Francisco has risen through the first three months of 2014 due to an enforcement effort to stem the surge of pedestrian fatalities in the city, a police captain said at community meeting on Wednesday.
KCBS’ Patti Reising and Ed Ed Cavagnaro sit down with Nicole Schneider, the executive director for Walk SF’, San Francisco’s only pedestrian advocacy nonprofit group, to discuss the rising number of pedestrian injuries and death and Vision Zero—a plan, started in Sweden, to reduce the number of deaths to zero in ten years.
San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency has adopted a Vision Zero Policy to eliminate pedestrian and cyclist fatalities within a decade.
The Cesar Chavez Streetscape Project in San Francisco’s Mission highlights safety features for pedestrians, but also includes new bike lanes and a tree-lined median.
Since New Year’s Eve, three pedestrians have been fatally struck by vehicles on San Francisco streets. The rise in deaths has prompted the mayor and police chief to take action to make streets safer.
San Francisco cab drivers are lobbying state lawmakers to require rival ride-share services to have the same insurance rules that they do.
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.