Transportation

SF Traffic Deaths Down: "Vision Zero" Focuses On Safety

By Mark Prado
Pedestrian safety
Mark Prado photo

San Francisco's "Vision Zero" pedestrian safety plan received a $75,000 cash infusion this month with the program reporting a 41 percent drop in traffic deaths in the city since its 2014 launch.

Vision Zero is a nationwide program that aims to reduce traffic deaths to zero by 2024. To date, 30 communities have signed up. MTC has also addressed the issue regionally through its Complete Streets program to make urban roadways more bike and pedestrian friendly.  

Vision Zero noted the drop in traffic deaths in San Francisco, with city officials crediting reduced speeds, an emphasis on roadway redesigns, education campaigns and a safety camera program.  

Meanwhile, the new money for San Francisco's Vision Zero program comes to the city from the California Office of Traffic Safety