SAFE Press Conference and Walking Tour


214 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco Ca 94102

Tel:415-431-1481; Fax 415-863-7568; TTY: 415-431-4572,

Press Contact:  Jessie Lorenz (415) 694-7361,

LightHouse for the Blind kicks off their Sidewalks are for Everyone (SAFE) campaign

Where:  19th Ave and Taraval Street

When:   2:00 pm, January 16, 2009

The LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired in partnership with the Independent Living Resource Center San Francisco and Senior Action Network will launch the Sidewalks are for Everyone (SAFE) campaign on Friday, January 16, 2009 at 2:00 p.m. in the Sunset District with a walking tour led by Supervisor Carmen Chu. The walking tour will begin at 19th Ave and Taraval and will be immediately followed by a press conference at Ulloa Park, located at 20th Ave and Ulloa.

The SAFE campaign aims to increase public awareness of the impact of parking cars on sidewalks. This common occurrence forces passersby into harm’s way, particularly impacting seniors, persons with disabilities, and pedestrians with small children.

“Rather than a punitive approach, the LightHouse and our partners plan to build capacity for understanding by providing over fifty presentations to community-based groups in the Sunset about the importance of parking with your neighbors in mind,” said Jessie Lorenz, project coordinator and Director of Public Policy and Information at the LightHouse. “There are many things citizens can do to help us spread the word about this campaign, including regularly visiting our blog and signing up to attend a neighborhood presentation,” Lorenz said.

Visit the SAFE campaign blog at for updated information, including a schedule of neighborhood presentations.

The LightHouse is a nonprofit organization that promotes the independence, equality and self-reliance of individuals living with vision loss and is the largest provider of direct services and advocacy for the blind and visually impaired of Northern California.

Jessie Lorenz (LightHouse), Herb Levine (ILRC), Pi Ra (SAN) and Supervisor Carmen Chu survey the neighborhood sidewalks.