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LightHouse Partners with Vision Zero SF to Make Our Streets Safer

LightHouse Partners with Vision Zero SF to Make Our Streets Safer

In 2022, LightHouse began a partnership with Vision Zero SF – San Francisco’s road safety policy that works to bring safety and livability to the streets of San Francisco and its residents and visitors. When the City and County of San Francisco adopted the Vision Zero policy in 2014, they committed to building safer streets, educating pedestrians and drivers of traffic safety and enforcing traffic laws to protect our citizens.
While the Vision Zero policy is designed to protect all pedestrians, we at LightHouse feel a duty to educate those of the blind, low vision, deafblind and disabled communities as well as any other individuals who may experience additional challenges while navigating the streets of San Francisco. With the help of LightHouse staff and in partnership with Vision Zero SF, we have put together a video to help educate the public about better traffic safety practices. We ask that everyone—drivers, sighted allies, and members of the blind and visually impaired community—take a moment to watch this video.
Together, we can make the streets of San Francisco safer for all pedestrian travelers

Safe Streets: A Vision Zero Project

Safe Streets: A Vision Zero Project

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!

Infographic 1: Tips for Drivers When It Comes to Blind Pedestrians. Click link for accessible description.

Infographic: What is the High Injury Network and how can drivers help? Click link for description.

Infographic 3: How can drivers help reduce pedestrian fatalities? Click the link for graphic description.

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.