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Thursday, January 16, 2014

‘Vision Zero’ seeks to end pedestrian and cyclist fatalities in SF | SF Examiner


About two weeks after 6-year-old Sophia Liu was struck and killed by a car while she crossed the street with her mother and brother on New Year’s Eve, a memorial remains at the corner of Polk and Ellis streets where the collision occurred. A sign with her photo appeals to drivers, pedestrians and cyclists to “please slow down.” Wilting flowers, stuffed teddy bears and burned-out candles sit on the sidewalk.
It’s a painful reminder that last year was a very deadly year for pedestrians. With 21 pedestrian deaths and four bicyclist fatalities, it was the deadliest year since 2001, according to Supervisor Jane Kim.
Kim, with the support of Supervisors John Avalos and Norman Yee, introduced a resolution Tuesday calling for a Vision Zero plan that would eliminate pedestrian fatalities within 10 years. On average, two to three pedestrians are hit by vehicles every day in San Francisco.

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