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SafeTREC November 16, 2012 1. AGENDA What is a Walkable Community? San Francisco Pedestrian Environment Best Practices What’s Next 2.

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1 SafeTREC November 16, 2012 1

2 AGENDA What is a Walkable Community? San Francisco Pedestrian Environment Best Practices What’s Next 2


4 Walk Friendly Communities San Francisco awarded Gold Level Walk Friendly Community Status by U. of North Carolina Commitment to improving and sustaining walkability and pedestrian safety 4

5 5 Criteria Cover: 5 E’s (Elements) of Pedestrian Safety Engineering (And Planning) Enforcement Education Encouragement Evaluation Strong Elements Support Each Other

6 Seattle’s “Platinum Level” Pedestrian Program Planning Parking Management Engineering & Design Encouraging Walking Enforcement 6

7 WalkScore Ratings SF ranked 2 nd of major US cities in walkability, –barely behind NYC in 2011, and #1 in US in 2008 7

8 SF Pedestrian Injuries & Fatalities High Injuries/Fatalities Per Resident Relatively Low Per Walk Trip Surface Transportation Policy Project And Transportation for America, Dangerous By Design, 2009 8

9 SF Walk Share 9


11 Pedestrian Injuries per 100,000 Residents 11

12 San Francisco: Severe/Fatal Pedestrian Injury Trends and Goals 12

13 Concentration of Injuries 13

14 Nonfatal Pedestrian Injury Collisions by Primary Cause 14


16 16 Pedestrian Countdown Signals

17 SF Road Diets 17

18 Valencia Street Road Diet in 1999 18

19 Valencia Street 2010 Streetscape Project: -Widened sidewalks -Bulb outs -Widened bike lanes -Street trees -Decorative lighting -Public art -On-street bike parking -Truck loading zones -Bi-directional 12mph “Green wave” for safer steadier traffic speeds 19

20 Road Diet Impacts Valencia Street: Total crashes down 20% Alemany: Total crashes down 35% (68 to 44), Ped: down 60% (8 to 3) Mansell: Speeds down 4- 14%. Midblock collisions down 84% 20

21 21 Street Redesigns: Promoting Walking

22 SF Pavements to Parks 22

23 SF Pavements to Parks 23

24 24 Pedestrian Safety Campaigns


26 Better Streets Plan Design Guidelines for the Pedestrian Realm Developed by Multiple Agencies, Adopted by Board of Supervisors Key Topics: Standard Elements for Street Types Best Practices and Design Guidelines for Safety Measures, Lighting, Drainage, etc. Pedestrian Priority Spaces 26

27 Better Streets Plan: Street Types 27 Downtown Residential Residential Throughway Neighborhood Residential Sample Street Type Photos and Typical Sections

28 Better Streets Plan: Street Elements 28

29 Better Streets Plan: Street Redesign 29

30 WalkFirst Priorities for Improving Pedestrian Environment Identified Priority Streets –Based on Safety and Walking Potential Priority Physical Improvements 30


32 Pedestrian Strategy 32 Executive Directive 10-03 Reduce serious and fatal pedestrian injuries by 25% by 2016 and 50% by 2021 Increasing walking Decreasing geographic safety disparities HOW 9 Near term action items Develop plan with Short, Mid & Long term action items

33 Vision: Great Walking Streets San Francisco is the most walkable city in North America, where walking is preferred for most very short trips, and the pedestrian environment is: Safe, Convenient Accessible Sustainable Memorable Vibrant Supportive of diverse public life, healthy lifestyles and comfort 33

34 Goal 1. Reduce Pedestrian Injuries 34 OBJECTIVE AND INDICATORS REPORTING AGENCY PRELIMINARY PROPOSED TARGETS FY2014FY2016FY2021 Reduce # of Reported Severe/Fatal Injuries SFDPH 15% reduction 25% reduction 50% reduction Increase # of Enforcement Hours SFPD Increase 10% Increase 20% Increase 30% Slow 85 th Percentile SpeedsSFMTA Within 5 mph of speed limit Within 4 mph of speed limit Within 3 mph of speed limit Resident Perceptions of Traveler Behavior, Importance of Traffic Laws SFMTA/ SFDPH Establish baseline Improvement

35 44 Miles of Comprehensive Redesign 35

36 Redesign Toolbox 36 Pedestrian countdown signals Increase crossing time to 3.5 feet per second Upgrade curb ramps Install raised crosswalks Expand pavements to parks program Pilot innovative treatments

37 Supportive Plans and Programs Implement Enforcement Plan  Targeted enforcement  Expand collision report Increase distribution of walking maps 37 Traffic Reduction strategies  Mobility and access pricing  Car free, shared street or living street Complete and adopt Green Connections project

38 Institutions and Policies Improve Capacity to Deliver and Promote Safety and Walkability Improvements Seek Statewide Policy Reform 38

39 Data and Evaluation Multi-agency monitoring Evaluations of projects and progress Injury pattern analysis Pedestrian safety and environmental assessments Capital project list prioritized, refined, environmentally cleared 39

40 Funding and Implementation Up to $800 Million Needed to Implement Strategy –New funding needed –Direct existing sources for other modes more toward pedestrian needs –Improve efficiencies Agencies Need to Show They Can Use New Funding Effectively –Build staff capacity –Improve “complete streets” project development, prioritization, implementation 40


42 BEST PRACTICES: Policy SWEDEN 1997 Swedish Parliament committed to eliminating traffic fatalities and serious injuries by 2020 Results: –Traffic fatalities cut by 35% in 12 years through 2009 –Pedestrian fatalities reduced almost 50% in recent 5 years. 42

43 BEST PRACTICES: Traffic Engineering Pedestrian Countdown Signals Additional Crossing Time Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacons Hybrid Pedestrian Beacon Separation of Pedestrians and Left Turns (Photo courtesy of Spot Devices) 43

44 BEST PRACTICES: Traffic Calming and Streetscape Road Diets –Pedestrian Refuge Island Reduced Speeds through Traffic Signal Progression Vertical and Horizontal Displacement –Raised Crosswalks –Traffic Circles Widening Sidewalks Improved Lighting Pedestrian Priority Areas –Parklets –Plazas or Car-Free Areas 44

45 BEST PRACTICES: Enforcement Automated Red Light Running & Speed Enforcement Targeted Enforcement 45

46 BEST PRACTICES: Community Involvement 46

47 Providing Meeting Information Examples from Philadelphia and Chicago 47

48 Obtaining Comments from Public Chicago’s Way of Obtaining Comments 48

49 Data/Tools Repository Seattle’s Pedestrian Toolbox – tiered pages with many options 49

50 BEST PRACTICES: Vehicle Design Automated Pedestrian Detection Crash Damage Reduction Photo courtesy of Mobileye Inc. 50

51 SUMMARY: WHAT’S NEXT? Pedestrian Facilities Joining Mainstream of Transportation Planning & Engineering Advanced Technologies Incorporate Pedestrian Safety Vision Zero and Chicago: Aiming High Public Health Concerns Increasingly Support Encouraging Walking 51

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