You know what “Vision Zero” 2024 is about? It’s about “comfort.” Check it – lots of hits, huh?
The problem with comfortable pedestrians, is that they become overconfident pedestrians.
And that might be all right on a flat stretch of the “traffic sewer” known as Post Street…
…but as you get more comfortable with this game, you move on to hilly Masonic and this is where people get hit and this is where people die:
Who set up this arrangement, with a very popular Trader Joe’s with a very small parking lot on the left with a ready supply of free street parking on the right? SFGov, the same outfit that is promising to beat Sweden to a “Vision Zero” level of zero transportation deaths by more than a quarter-century, mostly by simply saying that’s what will happen, or that’s what might happen.
And speaking of which here’s the news of the past week – here’s an 8-figure settlement that arose from SFGov not competently performing its job re: traffic safety and here’s a 7-figure verdict that arose from the vaunted SFMTA’s vaunted taxi system.
If the SFMTA wants to eliminate transportation-related death and injury, it will need to eliminate transportation. To think that it has an an one-in-a-billion chance of attaining its ostensible goal by 2024 is to engage in fantasy.