Vision Zero and Pedestrian Initiatives

Pedestrians on Market St.

According to data compiled by WalkSF, San Francisco is one of the most walkable cities in the country, earning a WalkScore of 84—the second highest in the country after New York City. Nearly  10 percent of residents commute to work by walking, the fourth highest percentage in the country after Boston, Washington, D.C., and New York City. Nevertheless, over 800 people are hit by cars each year in San Francisco and 100 of them are severely injured or killed. This represents over half of all traffic-related injuries and fatalities in San Francisco.  In 2014, 29 people were killed including 17 while walking, three while bicycling, and nine while riding in cars or on motorcycles.  

San Francisco's elected leadership established the Vision Zero Initiative to eliminate all road deaths in San Francisco by 2024 through education, enforcement, and road infrastructure re-design. The approach builds on the Mayor’s Pedestrian Strategy, which provided a comprehensive list of actions to make city streets safer and more comfortable for everyone;  and the WalkFirst Investment Strategy, which identified a list of high-priority pedestrian safety locations and recommended engineering treatments for each.

To track progress towards implementation of Vision Zero, the SFCTA Board established an ad hoc Vision Zero Committee in February 2014. Throughout 2014 and 2015 the Committee met on a quarterly basis and in December 2015 was extended for an additional two year period. The Committee oversees activities to promote better engineering, education, and enforcement, and members of the public are encouraged to attend and offer comment at upcoming meetings. The public may also attend meetings of the Vision Zero Task Force, which represents city agencies and non-profit organizations interested in the Vision Zero Initiative; and the Pedestrian Safety Advisory Committee, which advises the Board of Supervisors on pedestrian safety.

In addition to the Vision Zero Committee, the Transportation Authority plays an important role in funding pedestrian safety improvement projects through the administration of San Francisco’s Prop K and Prop AA funds. Pedestrian safety projects funded  through these measures can be viewed in MyStreetSF. Projects may include funding for pedestrian countdown signals, widened sidewalks, new crosswalk striping, and other measures.

For questions related to pedestrian safety project funding, contact  Mike Pickford, Senior Transportation Planner, via email or at 415.522.4822.