As more San Francisco residents return to work, and traffic steadily rises back to pre-pandemic levels, there is renewed risk to cyclists and pedestrians city-wide, now having to reintegrate with motor vehicles and drivers that have been off the road for quite some time.
It’s clear that all the dangers that previously loomed for cyclists and pedestrians remain, evidenced by the recent death of a pedestrian at Gough and Geary streets, killed by a motorist at a notoriously dangerous intersection in San Francisco.
The death not only re-raises concerns about the safety of all those that use our city streets, but also the design of dangerous intersections and how the city can act to fix potential issues, and create safer crossings for pedestrians and cars alike.
This intersection in particular has been especially troublesome, with proposed safety improvements such as traffic signal upgrades, street lighting, and curb ramp improvements all scheduled to be installed, but without any action yet taken. Although the population cries for immediate solutions, such solutions never seem to be immediate when our multitude of government agencies get in the way.
But remember, despite this less than rapid response from our city officials, the onus still remains on us to drive safely and respectfully on our city streets. Especially as we return to the days of heavy traffic and daily commutes, we must all remember to stay alert and aware behind the wheel. It really can save lives.
For comments, questions, or legal services from an experienced San Francisco pedestrian accident attorney please feel free to call me at 415-432-7290, or visit www.ccwlawyers.com. All calls and email inquiries are covered by the attorney-client privilege and are strictly confidential.
Claude A. Wyle is a partner of Choulos Choulos, and Wyle, a San Francisco based law firm dedicated to representing clients who have been injured by the wrongful conduct of individuals, corporations, public entities, and businesses. Mr. Wyle also frequently sits as a Judge Pro Tem for the city and county of San Francisco.