San Francisco Fights Pedestrian Hazards

Posted: Dec. 26th, 2012  |  By Michael Pearse

San Francisco is what would be a sprawling city crammed down into a narrow strip of land, leaving millions of residents competing for every inch of ground, a scenario which doesn't bode well for the man on foot who's up against the man in a car. To remedy this and reduce the nearly 900 pedestrian accidents, San Francisco is targeting 50 major intersections to make travel on foot safer.

It may seem staggering, but last year in San Francisco 876 pedestrians were struck and injured by vehicles on city streets.

On Wednesday, Mayor Ed Lee talked about a plan to dramatically reduce those numbers. Lee stood in Union Square, where the city has implemented safe pedestrian crossings and sidewalks, and claimed San Francisco is one of the most walkable cities in the country. So far this year there have been 18 fatalities, two more than the year before.

The city plans to target the 50 most dangerous intersections, retrofit crosswalks, install yield signs and improve sight lines.

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