By : sfbg – excerpt
As a part of a citywide effort to eliminate all pedestrian deaths by 2024 San Francisco will study the impact of reducing speed limits to 20 mph.
“This is a reasonable issue to look into to making San Francisco streets safer,” Supervisor Eric Mar said, in a statement. “There is too much excellent work and research going into it nationally and internationally to ignore.”
The study was proposed by Mar as part of Vision Zero – a Swedish concept adopted by San Francisco at the behest of Supervisor Jane Kim earlier this year. The initiative aims to reduce pedestrian deaths to zero within ten years, with a focus on educating drivers, engineering roads for safety and enforcing traffic laws (which the SFPD agreed to reform ealrier this year). Data from the study should be available in early fall…
Lauterborn said even if the study shows a 20 mph speed limit would be beneficial, there are state laws that might prevent SF from lowering the speed limit. Local governments can only set the speed limit lower than 25mph on streets smaller than 25 feet wide or in business, residential, or school zones. To lower the speed limit to 20mph on a street like Sunset, the city would likely need state permission… (more)
“…To lower the speed limit to 20mph on a street like Sunset, the city would likely need state permission…”