City Hall has no credibility on accident numbers
Beyond Chron "grapples" with the recent pedestrian deaths on city streets:
According to Mayor Ed Lee's office, the number of pedestrian deaths in the city has remained around 15-20 deaths for the past decade, and much progress has been made since then-Mayor Gavin Newsome[sic] set goals for reducing deaths and serious injuries through the establishment of the Pedestrian Safety Task Force in 2010.
While activists argue there is a need for new attention to street safety, the San Francisco Police Department believes....that there hasn't been a noticeable increase in deaths to warrant any sort of panic that social media seems to garner. Activists want more action by authorities to tackle the issue and the two deaths on New Year's Eve may give backing to their calls for renewed strength in grappling with pedestrian safety.
However, police and other observers argue that while any death is a dark mark on the city, there needs to be an intelligent discussion over what is actually happening and the perceptions that have been created. "It can be difficult for police and other groups to educate people if there is a pre-conceived notion that it is becoming more dangerous to walk on the streets, when this is not entirely true," said the police official.
This reporter seems unaware that City Hall and city cops are relying on the city's Collision Report when they claim that pedestrian injury accidents and fatalities have been relatively steady for years (see pages 17-26).
I have also argued that our streets are getting steadily safer over the years based on the city's numbers. But the city has undermined its credibility by ignoring 1,377 injury accidents to cyclists between 2000 and 2009 as a UC study found by comparing police reports and SF General Hospital records.
The city now needs to go back to SF General to find out how many other accidents---including pedestrian accidents---it has failed to include in its annual Collision Reports. Until the city does that, we really don't know how safe/unsafe city streets are.