Recently, the SF Department of Public health released an updated “High?Injury Network” map that shows the streets in San Francisco that have the most traffic-related injuries.
Not surprisingly, there are a few concerning corridors in the Richmond District including all of Arguello Boulevard, Geary between Arguello and 31st, Fulton between 17th and 29th Avenues, and Balboa between 29th and 38th Avenues.
The data for the map comes from the combination of SFPD collision reports with Zuckerberg SF General Hospital injury reports, a data first for San Francisco. Collision reports don’t give a full picture, because not all injuries are reported by the SFPD. Between 2013 and 2015, the hospital admitted 411 people who suffered injuries – but were not in SFPD records.
“Approximately 50 percent of the patients seen each year at Zuckerberg San Francisco General’s Level I Trauma Center are people injured in traffic crashes,” said Barbara Garcia, Director of Health.
The city’s Vision Zero campaign aims to eliminate traffic fatalities by the year 2024 through urban engineering efforts, traffic enforcement and education. So far this year there have been 9 traffic-related deaths, compared to 19 in the first half of 2016.
Along the corridors that are hot spots in the Richmond, several changes have been made in the last 18 months to help combat traffic-related injuries, and more are being planned.
Along the stretch of Balboa from 34th Avenue through 39th, bulb-outs were added to help assist pedestrian crossings. In February, speed limits were reduced along several blocks of Fulton, and a new stoplight was recently installed outside the Richmond District Senior Center at 37th Avenue that should be operational soon.
Plans are also underway to implement bike and pedestrian safety improvements along Arguello. Earlier this year, a 73-year old woman was the victim of a hit and run accident that moved neighbors to raise money for her recovery and assist the SFPD in trying to identify the driver.
According to the Vision Zero website, more than 70 percent of severe and fatal traffic injuries occur on just 12 percent of city streets.