“Twenty-four pedestrians and five bicyclists died in accidents in San Francisco in 2015, according to the San Francisco Medical Examiner (this excludes those ruled suicides and homicides). The number of deaths recorded by the medical examiner was higher than the Vision Zero count kept by the San Francisco Department of Public Health”
Citizen SF thinks getting it right will take some time. All users need to get used to navigating this new overcrowded urban environment. All users need to learn to be respectful of all other modes using the public rights of way. The city’s anti-car bias just gives some modes the sense of entitlement and creates divisive and unsafe attitudes on the street. Education and enforcement needs to be uniformly applied across modes. The rules of the road are designed to create a predictable thus safer environment.
SFMTA needs to dedicate some streets to just bicycles and residents. It’s current policy of mixing cars, truck, buses, and bicycles on ever narrowing roadways is just dangerous to all. We will get it right, but not soon and not with our current policies. Until then, everybody be safe (and look twice before you do anything else)