Another Rainy Day, Another Near Hit of this Pedestrian
|October 17, 2007||Posted by jamie under Transportation & Ped Safety||
People drive too fast in San Francisco, endangering the lives of pedestrians and bicyclists. VOTE NO ON PROPOSITION H – WE DON’T NEED MORE CARS DRIVING HERE
I barely got to leave my condo building today before I almost saw my life snuffed out by a middle-aged asian woman driving a gray Honda civic while talking on her cell phone and while the streets were wet from rain. She almost couldn’t stop her car in time to avoid hitting me while I was 2/3 across Harrison Street (crossing legally in the crosswalk, thank you) while she was speeding down Main Street southbound to turn right onto Harrison.
This is the same intersection that I’ve pointed out as very dangerous for pedestrians because people really shove down the gas after they turn onto Main Street off of Folsom and barrel towards Harrison to get on the Bay Bridge, and most drivers just don’t consider for a second that people live in the area around the Bay Bridge approach and the crosswalk may actually have a person crossing (legally) when they roll up to the intersection driving excessively fast. Because the streets were wet today, the driver had an especially challenging time stopping her car after coming up to the corner at a speed too fast for this residential area.
I’m happy to read in the Examiner that Federal funds are going to be used for traffic-calming measures around three schools in San Francisco, but I also implore our City to start implementing traffic-calming measures in Rincon Hill now rather than later. Let’s not wait until after the 20,000+ new residents have already moved into the area over the next several years and there are many more collisions between cars and pedestrians that permanently disable, bankrupt (thanks to medical bills), or kill San Francisco residents.
As pedestrians, we are defenseless against steel boxes that weigh thousands of pounds moving at a high rate towards us. imagine a large hammer hitting you just above your knees and throwing your body several feet onto the concrete.
People drive too fast in San Francisco, endangering the lives of pedestrians and bicyclists. You’d better believe my municipal election ballot that I had in my hand this morning to deposit in the mail has a NO vote on Proposition H. Any other vote on Prop. H is suicidal.