San Franciscans May Vote on Pedestrian Safety Upgrades

SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) — San Francisco officials say more needs to be done to protect pedestrians on city streets.

Mayor Ed Lee is due to announce new measures to support his “Walk First” campaign. That’s an effort to raise awareness of the need for drivers to watch out for pedestrians.

The city is identifying areas where statistics show pedestrians are most at risk of injury from collisions with vehicles. Officials say about half of all traffic fatalities in San Francisco involve pedestrians. In a quarter of those cases people on foot are killed when a car or truck making a left turn hits them. Right turns account for about one traffic fatality in ten.

The mayor is expected to announce a ballot measure to raise money to put in better lighting, repainting intersections, and building new curb extensions.

There have been five pedestrian fatalities in San Francisco so far this year.

San Francisco WalkFirst Overview

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