Transportation

MTC-supported bill will help slow cars in SF

Ped safety
Mark Prado

In October, Gov. Gavin Newsom signed AB 43 (Laura Friedman, D-Glendale), which allows greater flexibility for local jurisdictions to set speed limits on streets with high injuries and fatalities by enabling cities to lower speed limits.

“This long overdue bill is a cornerstone to the state taking action to reduce roadway injuries and fatalities and was a core recommendation coming out of the state’s Zero Traffic Fatalities Task Force,” MTC Executive Director Therese McMillan wrote to Newsom in support of AB 43. 

Now, San Francisco is poised to make progress toward its goal of achieving Vision Zero – eliminating traffic-related fatalities – by utilizing the new law. It plans to slow speeds on several corridors around the city, according to the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency.

MTC has also established the Vision Zero Working Group looking at pedestrian safety around the entire Bay Area.