City Hall has no credibility on accident numbers
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.
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.