Biking is a common, eco-friendly way to get around, especially in San Francisco. Increasingly, people are choosing to bike instead of driving a car to cut down on transportation costs, Department of Motor Vehicle fees, and to reduce their carbon footprint.
According to the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA)’s website, automated cyclist counters are installed throughout the city to track and monitor cyclist data. In 2017, San Francisco saw monthly bike ride figures ranging from 248,512 trips in February 2017 to 389,995 trips in May 2017. That’s well over 10,000 bike trips per day.
The SFMTA, for the past two years, has been collecting cyclist data through three separate data dashboards as well as monthly averages:
So, what does the SFMTA do with this data? With so many cyclists trekking through the city every day, the SFMTA needs to take steps to make San Francisco safer for cyclists, reducing the number of accidents per day. The SFMTA also analyzes bicycle volumes to support San Francisco’s growing cyclist community through the implementation of various transportation initiatives.
In January 2012, the SFMTA and its board of directors released the 2013-2018 SFMTA Strategic Plan, which outlines the visions, goals, and mission of the SFMTA, as well as the agency’s goals for supporting the city’s Transit First policy. San Francisco wants to prioritize alternative means of transportation to reduce the city’s carbon footprint and protect the environment.
The SFMTA Strategic Plan provides consistency and clarity to state, municipal, and regional policymakers developing and implementing transportation initiatives in San Francisco.
In 1999, San Francisco voters supported the Transit First policy to establish the SFMTA and better the city’s transportation system. SFMTA updates its strategic plan periodically, and under the last strategic plan, the city saw:
The strategic plan works by incorporating the policies and programs from multiple state, regional, and local agencies into the development of the plan itself, including Vision Zero, ConnectSF, and the Mayor’s Office Strategic Plan. The plan then goes through the strategic plan cycle, identifying initiatives, engaging in long-range planning, and conducting assessments. Then the cycle restarts; the SFMTA re-visits the strategic plan and contributing agencies, revamping and strengthening the strategy as time goes on.
The SFMTA has four main goals it wants to accomplish under the current strategic plan. These goals and their accompanying objectives guide the way the SFMTA makes planning decisions, prioritizes capital projects, and how capital budgets operate.
The goals and objectives of the SFMTA strategic plan are:
The SFMTA measures its ability to meet these goals through the collection of performance metrics, which are available on its website. The agency collects data on Muni bus crashes, customer satisfaction, the SFMTA’s carbon footprint, on-time performance, and more. The agency reports on its data findings by:
In addition to these monthly reports, the SFMTA identifies key performance metrics it aims to hit by the end of the next two fiscal years. The agency bases the key metrics for the 2019 and 2020 fiscal years by comparing them to the 2017 baseline.
The key performance metrics for the 2019 and 2020 fiscal years are:
By the end of 2018, the SFMTA plans to unveil a new strategic plan to build upon the progress made under the current one.
The SFMTA releases bicycle data based on their collected results during the previous year. These key findings provide insight into the cycling habits of San Francisco residents and point to certain factors that may affect cyclist’s behavior.
During 2017, the SFMTA found that:
These key findings suggest that wet weather dissuades San Francisco residents from cycling more than cold weather and hot weather do. In addition, peak bicycle commute hours may see the highest accident rates due to high congestion, but the current key findings do not provide this data.
The vision of the SFMTA is to provide excellent transportation options for the city of San Francisco. The mission of the SFMTA is to connect residents through an equitable, safe, and sustainable transportation system. Through the implementation of the above goals and objectives, the monitoring of cyclist and transit data, and encouraging sustainability in future projects, the SFMTA seems on track to achieve this goal.
However, the 2017 key findings do not explicitly address cyclist safety, fatalities, and injuries because of collisions and other traffic accidents. The goals and objectives express a commitment to safety, but without targeted prevention efforts for cyclists, crashes and collisions will still be a serious hazard.
Bicycle accidents happen every day in San Francisco. From negligent drivers to accidental collisions in crosswalks, cyclists face hazards throughout the city. When you sustain injuries in a bicycle accident, you deserve to recover compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more.
The personal injury attorneys at Walkup, Melodia, Kelly, & Schoenberger are here to help in these situations. We will guide you through the complicated bicycle accident litigation process so that you can focus on recovery and healing. We will collect evidence, gather witness testimony, and review security footage to build a compelling case. We will explore all avenues to recover potential damages so that you don’t have to.