San Francisco's Vision Zero campaign includes an effort to avoid personal injuries to citizens by, in part, changing city's streets to better protect pedestrians and bicyclists. City officials optimistically hope to eliminate traffic fatalities in San Francisco by 2024.
The mission of San Francisco's Vision Zero campaign is to eliminate fatal bicycle and pedestrian crashes in the city. Much of the effort is focused on eliminating accidents, but sometimes there are collisions that are not accidental at all. Sometimes, motorists use their cars and trucks as weapons to inflict serious harm on cyclists.
We speak often on this blog about bicycle safety in San Francisco, which is a passion at our firm. A pair of recent crashes shows that the city has a long way to go to be a safe place to ride.
This blog frequently reports on people who were hurt or killed while riding their bicycle, which is an all-too-frequent occurrence in San Francisco. Most of the time, our posts are about cyclists getting hit by cars, trucks and other motor vehicles.
A retired Arizona judge was killed recently while riding his bicycle on a California road near Lake Tahoe. It appears that the driver of the SUV that hit him failed to give the victim enough room as he drove past.
The Walkup firm applauds Shaun Livingston of the fabulous Golden State Warriors for biking to work! We will root extra hard for him to do well during the playoffs. The Walkup law firm is celebrating Bike-to-Work-Day next Thursday, May 14, by giving out 15,000 safety lights to bicyclists in San Francisco and the Peninsula and South Bay. The lights will be included in goodie bags handed out to cyclists that day by members of the San Francisco and Silicon Valley Bike Coalitions. Be seen and be safe.
In honor of Bike to Work Day 2015, we bike safety lawyers are hosting a friendly competition to identify the Brightest, Lightest Cyclist (hey, it rhymes) on our streets. The lucky winner will receive San Francisco Giants club level tickets and a parking pass for Sunday, June 14 (3rd game against the Diamondbacks).
As we have mentioned a couple of times in this blog, most recently on Feb. 6, our law firm is proud to support Walk San Francisco's Vision Zero campaign, a collaboration with city officials. Vision Zero's goal is to eliminate pedestrian and bicyclist deaths in collisions with motor vehicles within a decade.
With the holidays here, it is a time many people in San Francisco make their annual charitable donations, or volunteer for their favorite causes. At Walkup, Melodia, Kelly & Schoenberger, giving back to the community is a year-round job.
Whenever someone is injured or killed in a preventable motor vehicle accident, it is a tragedy. But often some good can come of a tragedy if it is used as a learning opportunity to prevent similar costly mishaps in the future.