SAN FRANCISCO—On September 2, September 10, and September 18, the San Francisco Police Department will be conducting Traffic Safety Enforcement Operations with an emphasis on bicycle and pedestrian safety around the city’s busiest crosswalks and bike lanes.
The operations are being funded by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS), a branch of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
According to press release from the SFPD, over 28 percent of traffic accidents are made up of bicycle and pedestrian fatalities.
“Despite advances in vehicle technology that act as additional safety measures for drivers and passengers involved in a crash, pedestrians are still just as vulnerable as in years past,” said Director of OTS, Barbara Rooney. “Whether we are driving or walking, we are all going places, so it is important that we avoid bad habits and put safety first.”
Officers will be paying close attention to the most common violations drivers make that cause bicycle and pedestrian traffic accidents: speeding, making illegal turns, failing to stop for stop signs and red lights, failing to yield to pedestrians in crosswalks, as well as any other dangerous violation.
The program is a part of the city’s road safety policy to make roads less dangerous for those commuting by bike or foot: Vision Zero SF.
Implemented in 2014, Vision Zero SF was created to “expand projects and programs focused on increasing safety for communities” and focuses on “community outreach to increase public engagement, particularly in low-income communities, communities of color and other vulnerable populations.”
To learn more about Vision Zero SF and their action strategy, visit www.visionzerosf.org.