Walk San Francisco
2016 – $10,000 Green Connections
2014 – $10,000 Vision Zero
2013 – $10,000 General Support
2012 – $6,000 General Support

Walk San Francisco speaks up for safer, more pleasant streets for everyone to walk on. Walk SF and its members are reclaiming San Francisco streets as shared public space to enjoy – through education and policy advocacy – working with elected leaders, city agencies and residents.

In 2012, Walk SF’s winning school zone campaign made San Francisco the first big city in California to create 15-mile-per-hour school zones citywide, making streets safer in neighborhoods around 180 schools. Walk SF is also working on a Pedestrian Action Plan to reduce pedestrian injuries and increase walking and a network of “Green Connections” to enable more residents to walk easily to parks and open space.

Green Connections
Walk SF strives to redefine streets as safe, shared public spaces for civic life, as opposed to speedways for cars. Green Connections are streets that connect people to parks, open space, and the waterfront throughout San Francisco. This planned 115-mile, 24-route network will encourage more people to get outside on foot by transforming ordinary streets into safe, inviting places for people and nature. Traffic calming and traffic diverters will increase walkability; low-impact development for stormwater management and plants will attract and support the area’s biodiversity; community members will be invited to bring art to the streets.

Walk to Work Day
WalkSF will add a physical presence in the City, with hubs where people can meet, a media event, and more. This is an excellent way to build the voice for better walking in the city, as people are encouraged to note what they see on their commute – what works and what doesn’t, what’s attractive, what’s dangerous – creating new advocates with every step.

Vision Zero
In 2014, WalkSF is building on the momentum of the Pedestrian Strategy combined with a recent spike in pedestrian injuries and fatalities through Vision Zero—Zero traffic fatalities in 10 years. Under Vision Zero, no loss of life on city roadways is acceptable, due to the preventable nature of these tragedies. Vision Zero was launched and proven doable by Sweden, and in recent years, both Chicago and New York City followed suit.

Through proven strategies, Walk San Francisco will engage community partners and the City to adopt and implement “the 5 E’s”—engineering safer streets, enforcing the most dangerous driving behaviors, educating drivers on how to prevent collisions, evaluating progress to modify efforts when needed, and engaging communities—to fulfill the Vision Zero goal. Together, these 5 E’s can shift the current paradigm from one where traffic collisions as perceived as “accidents,” to one where all roadway users respect one another and co-exist on a safe roadway network.