Two days ago, on Wednesday October 4, 2017, David Grinberg was killed by a motorist while he crossed the crosswalk in front of his senior citizens home in San Francisco. This was on the corner of Fell and Baker Streets, and for those that know San Francisco well this as a four lane high speed corridor in San Francisco. It's also on the City's high injury corridor. Nuala Sawyer writes passionately about this tragedy at SF Weekly.
The response from city leaders is thoughts and prayers.
We at SFMTrA were not satisfied with this response, and the absence of any action to make this and other crosswalks safer immediately. We believe that urgent and pro-active action is necessary to protect vulnerable street users across San Francisco.
So we got out our prototype materials and created a safety pilot. 10 posts and some spray paint = about $300. We dedicate this installation to the residents at Mercy Plaza at this intersection and we hope that it slows traffic on Fell street and makes pedestrians in the crosswalk feel safer.
We urge you to speak out to SFPD, Parks and Rec, SFMTA, Supervisor London Breed and Mayor Ed Lee until the city addresses the known dangers of Oak and Fell streets.
And if you can, please donate to SFMTrA so that we can do more and more ambitious pilots. And please help us document this installation with your photographs and social posts!