Pedestrian Safety

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Pedestrian Safety

  1. 1. IIPP Quarterly Health & Safety Training Pedestrian Safety AwarenessSan Francisco has one of the highest pedestrian injury / death rates in the nation. An average of 10 to 11 pedestrian injuries occur every week.In an effort to improve pedestrian safety, the City of San Francisco has increased funding forpedestrian safety initiatives such as countdown clocks, brighter stripping of crosswalks andpedestrian islands along busy thoroughfares. Driver and pedestrian enforcement efforts havealso increased with more cameras mounted in intersections to catch red light runners,pedestrian sting operations and public education efforts.While these measures will help to reduce pedestrian dangers, it is the responsibility of each ofus to recognize the hazards for us as pedestrians and exercise diligence.Issues for San Francisco Pedestrians: There are 469,000 registered vehicles in the City. DPT estimates that an additional 435,000 vehicles drive through and 35,400 vehicles enter the City at noon on a week day. Many tourist drivers and drivers from surrounding counties unfamiliar with San Francisco roads. City roadways such as Van Ness and 19th Avenues that serve as part of the state highway system. Roads such as Octavia, 10th, 9th, 8th and 4th Streets associated with ramps feeding onto and off of the freeway. Buses, light rail vehicles and bicyclists.Most Dangerous Pedestrian Intersections in 2006 Oak Street & Octavia Boulevard Gough Street at Market Park Presidio Boulevard & Fulton Street 19th Avenue & Sloat Boulevard Broadway & Van Ness Avenue Page 1 of 4
  2. 2. IIPP Quarterly Health & Safety Training Pedestrian Safety AwarenessAdditional High Injury Intersections Fifth & Market Streets Sixth & Market Streets Seventh & Market Streets 16th & Mission Streets Castro & Market Streets Van Ness Avenue & Market Street Sixth & Mission Streets 24th & Mission Streets Fourth & Market Streets Eighth & Market StreetsInjury Collision CausesThe following causes account for the total percent of collisions occurring between pedestriansand vehicles. Unsafe speed (20%) Violation of traffic signals and signs (17%) Vehicle right-of-way violations (14%) Driver violations of pedestrian right-of-way (9%) Violation by pedestrian (9%)In addition drugs and alcohol are involved for 33% of adult pedestrians killed and 10% of driversinvolved in pedestrian injuries.Who’s At Fault?According to police reports, drivers are at fault in 57% of the accidents and pedestrians are atfault in 34% of the accidents.Unsafe Situations Pedestrian running into the street. Vehicles turning into pedestrian’s path. Turns in general Pedestrians jaywalking. Pedestrians hidden by vehicles. Distracted drivers Page 2 of 4
  3. 3. IIPP Quarterly Health & Safety Training Pedestrian Safety AwarenessUnsafe Situations Drivers failing to give right-of-way. Bicyclists violating traffic laws. Transit islands in between lanes of traffic. Light rail stops in the middle of the road. Road construction Uncontrolled cross walks Double parked carsWhat Do The Pedestrian Signs Mean?Pedestrian – Start crossing the Flashing – Don’t start across the Don’t Walk – Do not enter theroad while watching for vehicles. road or proceed to a safety island. roadway. Wait for the walk signal. Count Down – Proceed only if there is adequate time to cross. Page 3 of 4
  4. 4. IIPP Quarterly Health & Safety Training Pedestrian Safety AwarenessSafe Walking Tips Use cross walks – Don’t be lulled into a false sense of security. Cross at the proper signal. Stop at the curb before entering the street. Make sure all lanes are stopped. Before crossing – Look left, right and left again Continue to check for traffic in all directions especially for vehicles turning right-on red. Make eye contact with motorists. Don’t insist on the right-of-way. Don’t follow the leader. Beware of hidden vehicle syndrome – Where the driver behind a stopped vehicle becomes impatient and pulls out from behind. Avoid crossing between parked cars. If you must walk in the road, face traffic. At night – Wear reflective material or carry a flashlight.Advocacy Groups and City Agencies Addressing Pedestrian Safety IssuesThe following advocacy groups and City agencies can be contacted to assist with pedestriansafety issues. Walk San Francisco – www.walksf.org SF Environment – www.sfenvironment.com/livablecity SF Municipal Transportation Agency (formerly Muni) – www.sfmta.com 3-1-1 – San Francisco Customer Service will assist you in finding the proper agency. TTY – 415-701-2323 When phoning outside of San Francisco – 415-701-2311 Page 4 of 4

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