Kids crossing the street in a yellow crosswalk with a crossing guard

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Introduction

Every year in San Francisco, about 30 people lose their lives and more than 200 are seriously injured while traveling on city streets. These deaths and injuries are unacceptable and preventable, and San Francisco is committed to stopping further loss of life.

In 2014, San Francisco became a Vision Zero City, vowing to eliminate all traffic-related deaths by 2024 through education, enforcement, and road infrastructure redesign.

The Vision Zero SF Action Strategy outlines the initiatives and actions the City will take to advance the goal of eliminating traffic fatalities. Vision Zero SF uses data-driven strategies that focus on creating safer streets, educating the public, enforcing traffic laws, and advancing transformative policies that save lives.

Transportation Authority Vision Zero Committee

In February 2014, the Transportation Authority Board established the Vision Zero Committee to track and support the progress City agencies are making toward meeting the goals of Vision Zero. The committee is comprised of three Transportation Authority Board members. The committee meets quarterly in City Hall and is a forum for City agencies to update commissioners, advocates, and the public on the progress made towards achieving Vision Zero.

Attend a Transportation Authority Vision Zero Committee meeting.

Vision Zero Task Force

The Vision Zero Task Force is chaired by the SFMTA and the San Francisco Department of Public Health and has over 40 members representing communities and perspectives from across the city. The Task Force provides feedback and input on key Vision Zero policies and efforts, ensuring that San Francisco communities have an opportunity to participate in creating safer, more livable streets.

Attend a Vision Zero Task Force meeting.

Funding Vision Zero Projects

The Transportation Authority plays an important role in funding street safety improvement projects through the administration of San Francisco’s Prop K half-cent sales tax and Prop AA vehicle registration fee funds, as well as by prioritizing federal and state funds for San Francisco projects.

The Transportation Authority provides funds for projects that range from near-term improvements like crosswalk striping and speed humps, to more comprehensive projects like protected bike lanes, sidewalk extensions, and new or upgraded traffic signals. We support SFMTA's traffic calming program, which allows residents who are concerned about speeding on their block to apply for traffic calming improvements for their street. We also fund major corridor projects like the Geary Bus Rapid Transit and Better Market Street project. Street safety projects funded by the Transportation Authority can be viewed in MyStreetSF.

We also lead planning studies in support of Vision Zero, like the SoMa Freeway Ramp Intersection Safety Studies in District 6, and support other community-based planning efforts through the Neighborhood Program.

Resources

Vision Zero SF

SFMTA: Safe Streets Evaluation Handbook, 2018 (PDF)

Contact

Aprile Smith, Senior Transportation Planner

Related Project & Studies

Our Neighborhood Program supports neighborhood-scale planning efforts and project implementation in each supervisorial district.

Complete streets are designed to ensure people of any age, ability, income, race, and ethnicity can get around San Francisco.

The Better Market Street project will deliver transformative transportation, street, and safety improvements along 2.2 miles of Market Street between Octavia Boulevard and the Embarcadero.

The Transportation Authority has been studying how to improve safety at 15 SoMa intersections where freeway on- and off-ramps meet city streets.

The SFMTA is working with the community to assess and recommend safety improvements for Valencia Street between Market and Mission streets.

The main goal of this project is to address community concerns surrounding safety for people biking and walking along Arguello Boulevard.

The Lombard Street Safety Project will implement street safety improvements such as sidewalk extensions, signal timing adjustments, and enhanced crosswalk and intersection striping.

The Bessie Carmichael Crosswalk project supported the City’s Vision Zero goal by making it safer for students to walk and bike to school. 

Pedestrian safety improvements at the intersection may include up to three bulb-outs, rectangular rapid flashing beacons, and pedestrian crossing signage to improve safety and access to Glen Canyon Park. 

The Jefferson Streetscape Improvement Project aims to improve street safety on the main street of Fisherman’s Wharf.

This project aims to increase pedestrian safety and comfort along Lower Great Highway by implementing pedestrian improvements and traffic calming measures.

The SFMTA will implement quick and effective near-term traffic calming measures at locations in District 11.