(Remember Gavin Newsom’s Vision from 2004 of Zero homeless people on the Streets of San Francisco by 2014? How did that work out? Oh, there are more now? Oh
So now we have a New Vision Zero – SFGov has banned all transportation-related deaths and injuries in San Francisco starting in 2024 and continuing in perpetuity.
Compare that with our NTSB, which is a serious safety organization. It wants us to move Toward Zero. See?
See the difference? One goal is attainable and the other is pie-in-the-sky from the get-go.
Hey, what’s the SFMTA’s record of turning tax and feepayer money into transportation safety? Not so hot, right? The SFMTA is good at creating more “work rules” for its employees, but it’s not so hot on its actual core functions.
And how is the SFMTA going to change to do better, to “achieve” its impossible to achieve goal?
Nothing. It’s planning on doing the same old same old, a “streetscape” project here and another streetscape project there, political district by political district.
Hey, does the NTSB have politics? Yes, yes it does, unfortunately. But it’s not mired in le politique the way our SFMTA is.
And here’s a bonus – the chances of any particular NTSB worker killing me on the streets of San Francisco are remarkably low. Compare that with the chances of me getting killed by an SFMTA employee are what, 20-30%, you know, assuming I get killed on the streets of San Francisco.
So why not this, SFMTA? Why not take Vision Zero 2024 SF and start with SFGov employees, starting now?
You see, SFMTA, transportation safety isn’t a problem with the lack of “safe” streets, it’s a problem with the behavior of people.
The way you’re trying to do affect the behavior of people is the most convoluted imaginable. Sorry.
Anyway, if you changed your project’s name to Toward Zero, you’d have a chance at success.
If not, then you don’t.