Did you know? Pedestrians using guide dogs or white canes with or without a red tip must be given the right-of-way at all times.
In spring, we kicked off a campaign led by our Rehabilitation department and a group of senior ambassadors to teach drivers and pedestrians about traffic laws and best practices when it comes to blind or low vision pedestrians. It’s part of the community effort led by the City and County to eliminate all San Francisco traffic fatalities by 2024.
Here’s where you come in. Below we have an awesome set of infographics specifically for people who drive cars, and we’d like to spread them far and wide. Share these described images, as well as the more-accessible tips for drivers blog post with an anecdote about your experience as a blind pedestrian, or simply share as an ally to help educate drivers — and be sure to use the hashtag #SafeStreets!
Vision Zero SF is the City’s road safety policy that will build safety and livability into our streets, protecting the one million people who move about the City every day.
Why do we need it? Every year in San Francisco, about 30 people lose their lives and over 200 more are seriously injured while traveling on city streets. These deaths and injuries are unacceptable and preventable, and San Francisco is committed to stopping further loss of life.
What does it mean? The City and County of San Francisco adopted Vision Zero as a policy in 2014, committing to build better and safer streets, educate the public on traffic safety, enforce traffic laws, and adopt policy changes that save lives. The goal is to create a culture that prioritizes traffic safety and to ensure that mistakes on our roadways don’t result in serious injuries or death. The result of this collaborative, citywide effort will be safer, more livable streets as we work to eliminate traffic fatalities by 2024.