Saturday, August 10, 2013

Everyone's a pedestrian, and many are drunk and/or distracted

The assumption underlying the city's anti-car movement is that there's an ongoing bloodbath on city streets, as cyclists and pedestrians are mowed down by speeding motorists. The city's annual Collisions Report puts the lie to that, since it tells us that city streets have been getting steadily safer over the years, and that half of injury accidents to cyclists are caused by their own recklessness (page 24). Pedestrians are  also responsible for many of their own injury accidents, though, according to police reports, pedestrians are responsible for only 1/3 of their injury accidents (pages 19, 20).

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recently launched a campaign to reduce pedestrian accidents. Turns out that, along with the increased distracted walking in the video above, many injured pedestrians are walking while drunk and jaywalking at night.

Sixth Street, Seventh Street, Howard Street, and the South of Market downtown area are where a lot of pedestrians are hit by cars (page 21 in the Collisions Report). This isn't surprising, since that area is essentially an extension of the Tenderloin skid row neighborhood where many in that densely populated area are drunk, stoned, and/or mentally impaired one way or another.

The MTA's solution on Sixth Street:  "In addition to calming traffic, removing two of the street’s travel lanes will open up space for improvements like sidewalk expansions, bike lanes, and greenery." 

Oh, yes. Some landscaping and some bike lanes will fix Sixth Street up.

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At 5:52 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yep. Jaywalking, zombies, and clueless pedestrians are what I see CONSTANTLY every single day in San Francisco. In numbers above and beyond cars running red lights or even cyclists not stopping for stop signs. It's the clueless, entitled pedestrians that think the world revolves around them.

What's especially terrifying is that age doesn't really matter, from what I've observed. And not all of the clueless peds are texting, either. I've seen old people try to cross streets like Van Ness or Geary when there's 5 seconds on the walk meter. They're *beginning* to cross when there's 5 seconds left, instead of just waiting for the next cycle.

Unreal. But yeah, sure, it's all the driver's faults. Everyone else needs to be responsible for our own safety, right? /eyeroll

At 3:44 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

@hat is it about some San Franciscans that causes them to try to rush out onto a crosswalk to dare drivers to slam on brakes? Friends of mine have noticed this behavior as well where someone walking towards a crosswalk will speed up to make sure they get out in front of a car that would have easily passed before they arrived if they had not try to rush to "beat the car".
Joggers in particular run right out onto the street without looking, and I will not even bring up bike riders who basically ignore ALL traffic rules and laws.
I always slow down at intersections and crosswalks and stop whenever a pedestrian is at a corner looking to cross, why can't others show the same caution towards drivers?

At 9:39 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"and I will not even bring up bike riders who basically ignore ALL traffic rules and laws."


At 9:46 AM, Blogger Rob Anderson said...

Why does that statement earn a "fail"?

At 10:25 AM, Anonymous Scott Louser said...

Oh man, so true. I can't believe the nerve of people walking in front of my car like they own the place. The fact is, if I want to drive my car quickly, they need to get the hell out of my way. I don't care if a "pedestrian" (lol - barely human!!) wants to go from a "cafe" to a "bookstore" (or whatever you call that shit you pass by in your car), if that means crossing a street, that could mean death. I say, kill 'em if they're clueless enough to walk into the street. All these entitled losers should be killed anyway, to make more room for cars. If we got rid of sidewalks altogether, we'd have way less traffic AND more parking!


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