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every time i talk to the engineer, he gives me a different story. i could write a book with all of the different stories they tells me and they're still not going to fix the problem. you should read this book here by john massingale. he has radical ideas saying the people should run the streets. seattle did away with their red book, their engineering book. also, mta, the same old streets need to be reorganized like the planning department, where you have teams in each section of the city. i realize downtown, the eastern need more engineer and planners, but still, each area should have their own planner and engineer, so we know who to talk to and be responsible for doing things in our neighborhood. >> thank you, next speaker,
please. >> good afternoon. my name is jodie maderas. i'm here with a message from our members and some of them you'll hear today. the message is thank you, thank you for pushing the sfmta staff to do more, faster, quicker, else on our most dangerous streets in asking the right questions. don't stop pushing. we are counting on all of you. time and time again, we're hearing the devastating, angry messages about the precious lives we're losing and it's feeling disheartening that we're getting further and further away from our zero vision goal and fatal crashes by 2024. that's because we're in a state of emergency. we've lost as many pedestrians this year as we have in all of 201. 2018.
we believe that vision zero is achievable. it's all of us, the board, staff, mayor, our board of supervisors, public health, police departments, we have to double down on what's necessary now. we're grateful for this team and board for pushing for a new policy on no-rout no-right on rd we're thrilled to try a left-turn campaign at eight locations soon. thank you. these are the solutions we need to put in place to prevent the possibility of crashes, especially in the most dangerous places, our intersection. we're grateful to mayor reed for boosting traffic enforcement on the most dangerous driving behaviours. but as we've heard today, it's not enough. we want to see tools like red-light cameras, especially if we don't have the people to tackle. it will take every engineering tool and enforcement solution
possible to meet the challenge of our streets, as well as all of the transformative policy. >> thank you, jodie. >> next speak, please. >> harold findly followed by jennifer walsh and missas miss arbuckle. >> i'm harold findly and you all know how to stop the killing. you know it. you know the route cause. you know how to eradicate it. you have some the best professionals in the world that know how to solve it. you don't need me to tell you the specifics about how do it. i could tell you, but you've read the same books and all of that. but what i can tell you is that there's a growing tide of public support for you to do the right thing, for you to create safe,
vibrant cities. you don't have to put the perceived need of somebody to have an s.u.v. parking in front of his house and drive around the city on his daily errands and drive to tahoe on the weekend, put that perceived need over the real need of a child to walk or ride a bike to school without violently slaughtered. i mean those are two completely different things. you can change your focus coming down from the board to the leadership of the sfmta, to the pd to have things like you pointed out, that should just flow naturally from the top. it shouldn't be a question of no right turn on red. if you have vehicles at all, they don't get to drive in front of people in cross-washes. cros.
every officer shoulder citing every single sidewalk or bike lane violation. that's not up for contention. if it's a violation, cite it. if you're thinking from the right perspective, you're doing it that way. and you've got -- you need to know you have the public support growing to do the route things. right things. >> thank you, sir. >> jennifer walsh, nancy arbuckle and sandy wiseburg. >> my name is jennifer walsh and
i work with the ability's integrator. i wanted to advise you of the sidewalk search party. we believe everyone can give back to the community. but the community must be accessible physically and psych psychlogically. this is all about making simple issues fixable by shining light on them so other people can have the power to fix them. the ff sidewalk search party has been meeting since may to strategize how to implement city departments on making sure temporary pathways around construction areas are accessible for all types of accessibility. over the months, we have had
enlightening conversations with mta, 311 w street inspectors about their responsibility for issuing permits, enforcing codes regarding issues, such as path of travel, right-of-way, smooth surfaces, contract compliance, a accessibility guideline. in an ideal world, alastor all y departments will take ownership for all than rather than relying on the mayor's office for construction sites temporary pathway. perhaps mt can be the leader in changing this philosophy of accessible for all. everybody is welcomed to the next sf sidewalk search party meeting at 166 1663 mission str. fifth floor on september 9t september 9th from 1:00 p.m.
to 2:30 p.m. >> thank you very much. and since we rode over on the train together, i will say thank you for riding muni. thank you. ok, wonderful. next speaker, please. >> nancy arbuckle, susan wiseburg and nancy harrison. >> i want to thank the board for this opportunity to speak. i'm nancy arbuckle from hyde street. i'm a member of walk san francisco. i'm a committed pedestrian and a public transit rider. everyone in my family is. we sole botwe sold both of our x years ago and will never own a car again. we're concerned about injuries and fatalities on san francisco's streets and not just on the high-injury network, but on a lot of streets. we don't want to die out there but we've come too close too many times. right turners look left for other vehicles and turned right and turned right into us. left turners look at oncoming
traffic and speed right into us. i often cross the street with my arm outstretch acting like my on traffic cop. so i'm glad that mayor breed is asking for a no-turn policy and support a policy that recognises safety, safety, as the highest priority. i'm also glad that the mayor recognises that citations and enforcement are critical to getting division zero. i want to thank this board for quickly implementing the solutions that we know will slow speeding traffic and protect us all in intersections. thank you. >> thank you very much, next speaker, please. >> susan wiseburg, nancy harrison, brian weadonmeyer. >> welcome. >> good afternoon, my name is
susan wiseburg and i'm a pedestrian. in june, i spoke before this board urging you to pass the quick-build proposals to reduce pedestrian deaths and you approved those. and i thank you for that. but since then, in just three months, there have been three more deaths and countless more injuries. this is outrageous and i know that you all agree. miss crumbburg said earlier that we're doing everything we can with all of the tools that we have. so clearly we need different tools and do different things with them. now as director henninger said, the danger of pedestrians on san francisco streets is an emergency now. the city must forthrightly work
to implement all proposals, specifically those in the transformative policy agenda. even though, they may need state approval. vision zero needs to stop being a vision and become an actuality. >> next people, please. >> nancy harrison followed by brian weadonmeyer. >> i'm nancy harrison. thank you. i moved to san francisco from madison, wisconsin about a year ago. one of the reasons i moved here was because of muni and bart and your public transportation system. the senior fairs, the apps that you have have all made it easier for me to make this transition. i'm committed to walking daily around the city, gave up my car, left it in the midwest.
but i am the dem graphigraphic m so glad my name wasn't in that list. in february, i was hit by a left-turrinleft-turning car at e intersection of 18th street and gadado. i was in the cross-walk, it was dayloot. daylight. you've heard this story 100 times, so the oncoming car stopped. the guy just turned right into me in the cross-walk. so fortunately, i was unconscious and rushed to the hospital. i am a survivor. it makes me hesitant to go in the trees. i walk everyday and there it is, this intersection where i live, it's dangerous. in looking every way, the right turners, left turners, trying to make contact through the shaded
windows, i do this. it feels ridiculous in that i don't think the left-hand turner would have seen this either, because there i was. but i guess what i want to say is that i'm glad that i hadn't heard of vision zero and through walk san francisco, i did. i'm pleased to hear all of your commitment and some passion around this. i hope to live here for many years and not find my name on the list and i'm greatfu gratefr what you're doing. >> thank you for sharing your story. it does me does help for you to. the more personal accounts, there's a face to this epidemic and thank you for sharing what, i'm sure, was a traumatic event. >> brian weadonmeyer and herbert weiner. >> i'm the executive director of the san francisco bicycle coalition. on behalf of our 10,000 members,
i want to join my colleague and friend, jodie maderos from walk san francisco, thanking you and the agency and the progress we have made in things lake our quick-build policy, pushing for state enforcement. however, i would not be doing my job as an advocate, if i didn't come here and tell you we are not doing enough and director, since you asked for specific examples, i would like to suggest a few. the first is that during the presentation on the vision action strategy, when you list one of your strategy goals as eight miles of improved sustainable transportation lane per year and the mayor has challenged this agency to build 20 miles of protected bike lanes in two years, so you've got this mismatch of it looks like you're working back from the mayor's challenge on 20 miles.
that does not include brt lanes or pedestrian safety. that is 20 miles of projected bike lanes alone and we're saying 16 miles by 2021. on market, street, we will have an opportunity to improve turn restrictions. it suggested 10th street to main would be a significant one. that's one of our most dangerous. let's extend that to goth and franklin. we have policies that we can use and deploy red light cameras right now. why have the number of red light cameras reduced to over half since the old models are removed? why are we not installing cameras that we've seen listed on fatal collisions? >> thank you very much. >> herbert winer?
>> mr. winer, two minutes. >> herbert winer. i appreciate the thoroughness and systematic rigger before the board. there's a safety on the sidewalk. constantly, there's endangerment of pedestrians on the sidewalk. and an argument has been stated that if he build more bike lanes, there will be less violations. it's clearly illegal to ride on the sidewalk and people need to be protected, especially senior and disabled. and it's pointed out that a vehicle that travels at any speed a threatening to a pedestrian.
that certainly applies to bicycles on the sidewalk. you have to stop this. so hopefully the laws should be enforced equally. so hopefully, when vision zero surveys people, they survey the pedestrians and not groups. what would happen if a member of the board were struck by someone on the sidewalk or a law enforcement officer? it's up to you to draw the conclusion. thank you. >> thank you, mr. winier. any further public comment? if you want to speak. so you'll be the final public speaker. tom, the floor is yours. >> thank you. before i mention signals, the red, yellow and green, we need, i say, dedicated signals to hold
back pedestrianed t pedestrianse turns turn. you have to make the decision in the beginning of a light change when it turns to green to let cars turn right or turn left while the pedestrians are still holding up. if you ban left-hand turns, that's ok and if you dedicate left-hand turns, they need to be dedicated in the beginning of a signal change. what about magic eye signals that say there are people on a corner waiting or there's no traffic in the oncoming lanes or sides? i don't know how that can work but we have magic eyes everywhere and maybe they can control the signal. old folks crossing, that seems to be a major problem. is there a button that we can hit at the corner that old people can say gets ten more seconds to get across the street, that holds the lights up?
and vanesse again, the buses that we'll wind up putting on vanesse, if they stop at every other stop, we can do all of the stops that we had once on vanesse. the old folks on vanesse could use it. there are people that are going to get old on vanesse. and we can still put the stops in half and every time a bus stops behind the bus that's at a stop, that bus is going to move and jump the next stop. if you can follow me on that, i think it's doable. i think it's better for the folks that live in the city on vannesse, thank you. >> thank you. final speaker. >> good afternoon, board of directors. could i have the overhead, please?
i don't think you see people holding laptops. i wanted to first quickly say the vision zero sf twitter account came out with a video recently asking cyclists to stop at red lights. please know they speak with the city's voice and especially the opposite is true. charles vincent died in 2015 because a car ran a red light through him. i would appreciate it if the city was not saying bike bicycls are responsible for their own death by running red lights. we had a discussion about what hor can be done. this isn't stockholm and everything you see here is temporary. those signs, lines, trees, it's temporary.
this is a quick build. this is in vancouver, british columbia. there's now a curb separating the bike lane but it wasn't always there and you can see the planters. that was a quick build. this is my hometown in the the netherlands and you can see two things on opposite sides of the street that force cars to make a lig zig-zag and only one car can pass in each direction and i think this is permanent infrastructure and a quick buildable. this is in denmark, where cars want only pass no one direction through this bus stop here. this is not a quick build but quick buildable. this is speed table. once again, i'm not sure this is quick buildable but resident's intersections should all look like this. so fa food for thought there. >> that concludes public comment on this item and we had a robust discussion before.
is there anyone --v -- i have comments myself but are there any with comments. >> thank you so much. you did such a great job. it's been so gratifying in the years i've been on this board to see this discussion and to see this work evolve. i'm so proud of this board as i am proud of you and i'm proud of the public that came here. remember what you heard up here, not just the work you're doing but all of the work that staff is doing. remember how supportive this board is. and when you're out proposing projects in the neighborhood, remember that we will support whatever moves the safety needle forward. so when you get pushback from new brunswicknewneighbours on p, on daylighting, changing anything in the neighborhood, remember how engaged and emphatic this board was on reaching these vision zero goals. that list and that moment of silence in the beginning was
chilling and that could be any one of us and any one of our loved ones and so we have to remember that and any time staff comes to us, we have to ask, yes, and, what else could you do? was there something that didn't get included. as one of the speakers noted, we have seen public opinion shift. to your point, director, dayloot of intersections, went that parking removal is on the consent calendar, we have had people complain but i haven't seen that happen. so we're letting the public know this is important work and in order to reduce deaths on our streets, we need to do that. thank you so much, captain, the work with enforcement is fantastic. i would love a police officer on
the corner of vidadero and hazes to stop blocking the sidewalk. not all of my neighbors would want that, so i try and remind myself. so for me, more officers enforcing is fantastic, but not all of my neighbors will feel the same way. certain communities don't want as many police officers out there. so we need to balance that and i have every faith in the world in sfpg that they'll approach that sensitively. i want to thank everybody. i am not surprised neighbors would choose to lose a traffic lane rather than parking spaces, but it's a good message to us, because traffic lane removable is palatable. let's remember that as we go forward. i can think of a few streets to lose traffic lanes. thank you for the work, the public who showed up, thank you and hava and megan, i wanted to stand un-anup and applaud.
we've come a long way and we're on the right track. thank you. >> any a directors? director torez? >> i want to echo our past director's comments because think they're on target. i do walk the streets of san francisco more than i ride a bike or do other things and believe me, mr. winer, i've been almost hit from bicyclists, scooters on the sidewalk and it's unbelievable what occurs in there, especially for senior citizens and i'm one of those now, too, that are impacted but these activities and by the lack of ken fo concern for safety of. it's true for drivers. it happens all of the time where i'm trying to cross the street and they don't care who is in the cross-walk. they don't care what's going on with the tree around them and not looking. but number one, they're on their phones. they're texting or they're a
vehicle that utilizes our streets for pay and they're not taxis. they usually don't live in san francisco but come from all over the state to harass and to, basically, congest our very streets here. so we have a long way to go, but i believe that efforts of many of the mea people who spoke shod be applauded and we need to do that to our staff and i will thank you for the incredible report which i thought was pervasive in so many areas but my fellow director has good recommendations, as well. so we need to continue to work together, because this won't be solved overnight. thank you. >> dr. borden. >> i wanted to say i agree with all of my colleagues up here and i want to thank the police department for being here. you're a critical part of the solution on our streets. i often wonder if we can build the railroads, cross-walks. i feel like you need to put those gates down because i see such bad behaviour on streets and we have to let people know they can't get away with driving
too fast. people are walking on street. there's people in neighborhoods, a restaurant owner/chef got hit at division on his motorcycle. the point is that it shouldn't be that way. people shouldn't live in fat fef walking across the street. it's a message to remind ourselves to slow down. there was a great article a couple of weeks ago in the chronicle, that it's not a problem just here but everywhere that people are in a hurry to get place. so we have to work against the national trend to be distracted and not slow down and pay attention and really do our part, whether we're acting as pedestrian, a driver, a cyclist, a motorcycle rider. we have to remember when those positions -- how to be safe and look aut out for others. but on our end, you have our commitment to work on these quick-build initiatives that we know we can do in our
wheelhouse. obviously working on the state level enforcement, i think police officer's union is supportive of the legislation to whicwhich is a great steph stepd but we need to utilize all tools in our toolbox and stay on it. we need to look at data and it's great to have people remind us and it's ashame to have people remind us, but this is a city and the reason we live here is because it's walkable and it's notliable if you can't walk across street. so i want to thank you all for your work on this. i know we have a ways to go. there are many things we'll be doing in the coming months and anything to do to expedite getting things done, i think you have full support in making things happen. >> i just wanted to also say thank you. i wanted to ask -- you're willing to report back as often as we want, oh, excellent! i do think -- this is so
important to articles and everything and i'm wondering if -- i'm interested in what others think, but maybe a quarterly report is where we can see metrics and things like that. i think that would be helpful for me but i don't know how manageable that is. >> you don't think there's an objection. i think we'll act we'll ask or o work that out. i think that's a good idea. you've gotten feedback on pretty specific ideas. for example, director hemminger that shows a high injury network, where we have daylighted and where we haven't and an indicater of the year where we will be doing it. that is the sort of document that can be updated as we go and show progress to the director, at least this director on something he's interested in. i'm not here to draw your diagrams today but i think you
have some feedback and if we have that repeat update as we should, you can take a little lesson from julie and this sort of ongoing, living organic documents that show us how we're growing are helpful and something the public will appreciate. let me say one thing -- one thing is a loose thing. you asked and important question, director, and we've talked about small items, right-turn restrictions. i appreciate the sobriety of your comment. maybe they won't work and now we've put a pedestrian in a worse situation where they're not anticipating a right turn and it happens. you can see similar issues with left-turn restrictions and how that will send cars to different places and create patterns.
those small fixes, we have to look to see whether it works. but interestingly, on the eve of our adopting the market street plan, and the eve of our adopting making a major thorou thoroughfair of san francisco a free zone, we're not talking about that tool. you've been advocate for a car-free market street for years. i've been toll to be patient because of eir restrictions and this, that and the other thing and now we're there. one of the reasons i've stayed on this board and fought this day is to see this to completion. director, that's a big tool that we have and there's no rule that says that's limited to market street. and i think we need to think bigger about this. there are places all through this state where cars can go and pedestrians can't. they're called highways and freeways. they exist because they're efficient for the cars and because they're so efficient for
cars, you don't want people there. you need to think the other way around. and i think we need to think not just about places where you can only walk, because then we're only looking at the vision zero goal as we're doing it. director brinkman is right, there's a change in public perception and a desire to address this issue through public policy. there's also a changed and increased desire for muni to be more efficient in this city. i will say to you planners again, i think you can marry the two. i have on numerous occasions talked about red carpeting entire streets, making them transit only. that will serve what i think is the most important safety goal for pedestrians, which is to get people out of their private cars, get their commuting by public transit, have them behind the wheel of a professional, trained driver much less likely to have an accident. in addition, that will lead to streets where there aren't private cars. people choose where to walk by
where it's safer. i am very confident to a moral certainty that once we have finally completed the market street project, you will see people leaving mission street or howard street or north of market to make east-west commutes to come to market street because it will be safer for them to walk there. we can do the same thing elsewhere. idi don't know what the street . you've seen a few that i'm thinking should be the next one. but you asked a provocative question and what's the next big tool we've got i? to that to me is it. i would challenge this by our next boar retreat, which is january or february, to say what is the leading contender for a major red carpet thoroughfare to facilitate transit and safety and serve both interests at once? as you're evaluating that, and i expect this will be a fun project for a lot of you and
this is why you went to fancy grad schools to do this, think about both goals. how are we going to serve and area where we need better transit, safer pedestrians and merge them together and create the political will of two forces behind doing this and, you know, obviously that can include bike lane and taxis, as well. let start thinking about the next market street, because director, that's a blunt tool and i think blunt in the positive sense that we have in our toolbox. ok. anything else? i saved my speech to the end. >> if i could save, mr. chairman, you're my kind okindof chairman. >> made it all worthwhile. that was emotional air conditioning right there. [ laughter ] >> thank you very much. we will move on to the next item, please. >> item 12, discussion and vote as to whether to invoke the attorney-client privilege and conduct a closed session.
>> move for a closed session. >> all those in favour say aye. guests, we have to throw you out. oh, i forgot to say, captain martin, thank you so much for being here today and for all that you're doing to keep us safe. we appreciate it. >> yes. >> so my book that i chose and it sums up my feelings as an activist and woman and legislator. it is girls can. i want to thank everyone for coming. this means a lot. this is a first step. we will see you at the next one. we will see you at the next one.
>> hello, everybody. i am london breed, mayor of the city and county of san francisco , and i'm really excited to join you here today, but i tell you that no one is more excited than the parents of the kids who will be returning to school on monday. and today is an opportunity to us to really get the word out to people all over san francisco that we have thousands of kids who are returning to school on
monday. we will see kids walking, we will see them by king, we will see them on buses and yes, some of them will get dropped off by parents in their car. but ultimately, we want everyone will get around this city safely because there will be more people out on the streets now than ever before as a school began on monday. so a part of today is really about highlighting the awareness that we need people to slow down we need people to be aware. we need people to do better. we have had sadly a number of tragedies that have occurred on our city streets and we know, unfortunately, that has a lot to do sometimes with speed. we need to slow down. yes, i have asked the chief to increase citations, and to be
aware in this high injury corridors, the need to make sure that there are consequences for people who are speeding, which sadly can cause tragedy. if a pedestrian is hit by a driver at 20 miles per hour, their risk of fatality is 5%, but if that is 30 miles per hour , their risk jumps to 45%. what we don't want to continue is sadly what we see happening on our streets where we are losing far too many lives, and our most precious assets are our children, so we want to make sure that when they are moving around san francisco, going back to school, that they are safe. when i was a kid, i went to school across the street from where i lived. it used to be called -- but the name is now rosa parks elementary school. what was so cool about that is
we would all just walk to school someone would walk up to my window, yell my name, there would already be three or four kids. we would get to the corner on eddie and buchanan, and then there was a crossing guard right there to make sure that all cars stopped so we could safely get across the streets and move on our way to get to school. i never realized how valuable that was until i became an adult and i see so many kids that are out there trying to get to school. we were also taught to look both ways before crossing the street. we also have to get back to some basics. this year we have hired more crossing guards and we want to thank the folks who are joining us here today for your service and for your commitment to making sure that people get around our streets safely. we also, as i said, we have the chief here. we will be placing additional enforcement in certain areas, and so i just want to also ask drivers to do better to stop
texting, to stop making phone calls, to stop making -- looking at your phones when you're driving on our streets, to slow down, and to look both ways and to be very careful when you are navigating the streets of san francisco to follow the laws. the stop signs, the crosswalks, and all of those things are there for a reason. it is to keep all of us safe. the protected bike lanes are there to make sure that by his -- bicyclists are safe, the people walking across the streets are safe, that people are moving. this is all about safety. this is all about highlighting the need for us as a safety to do much more than we have in the past so that we can truly realize the goals of vision zero , and that is no fatalities of any kind in this city because of traffic or cars or what have you.
at this time, i would like to introduce the supervisor that represents this district, represents marine at middle school where there will be a lot of kids here first thing monday. supervisor catherine stefani. >> thank you. i love the middle school. it is so beautiful. i want to thank everyone, especially mayor breed and the students, parents, and city leadership who were able to make it out today as well as crossing guards. the most important people in the morning when we're dropping our kids off at school who really did the important work of making sure our students are safe in our communities. my son just started high school on wednesday and my daughter is starting fifth-grade next week and i dropped dominic off at high school on his first day. i insisted i did it. and besides saying to me, mom, don't say anything weird when you dropped me off, this people around, i said to him, look both
ways. it is on a busy street. he is still 14 years old and still telling my child, be careful when his crossing the street considering how dangerous our streets can be. as we kick off the new school year, as we all know, hit and runs and collisions between pedestrians and bicyclists and be at -- vehicles are way too common in san francisco. nearly every community meeting i have been to recently, neighbors have voiced support force crating safer streets and sidewalks and i definitely share this goal. it is our collective responsibility to make sure our streets and sidewalks are safe and secure for families who are walking, for those who are driving, and for those who are riding their bikes to school. we know we all have work to do when it comes to making sure our kids are safe. i know i can always do better out there when you get to a stop sign, count to three, don't open a door before looking before -- for a bicycle and always be aware, don't take calls when you
were driving, just like mayor breed said. we can all do much better. i am so proud to join chief scott and his department who performed a traffic safety enforcement list earlier this month. i am grat -- glad i didn't get a ticket. interim director mcguire who continues to work with their communities and crating safe and sustainable transportation options, and marine, who has been an advocate for students and pedestrians across our city. and of course, again, mayor breed was continue to shine a light on transit safety and has worked towards creating a safer san francisco for all of our students. as we begin our school year, let's all recommit ourselves to making our commute to and from school safer. i look forward to working with mayor breed and my colleagues on the board of supervisors, our department heads, and families and all of our school communities to further our shared vision for a safer san francisco. thank you so much.
[applause]. >> thank you, supervisor. at this time, i would like to introduce our police chief, bill scott. [applause]. >> thank you, mayor. thank you. good morning, everyone. first of all, let me say thank you to the mayor and supervisor stefani for their leadership on traffic and pedestrian safety. back-to-school is an exciting time. it is exciting, it is a lot of work and we want to start with this. slow down a little bit. slow down. the mayor mentioned it earlier. speed kills. in terms of the focus of the violations that we concentrate on the most, we are trying to get people to slow down. as the mayor stated and supervisor stefani stated, we are going to be out doing enforcement. i want to also think the mayor and the supervisor because what allows us to get better at this is the generous support of our budget this year. last year the mayor signed a budget, and this year she signed a budget that included continuing our hiring plan. what that has allowed us to do
is increase the size of our traffic company and our motorcycle officers. we have at least ten more motorcycle officers then we do this time last year thanks to the mayor's leadership on the budget and the supervisor stefani's leadership on the budget. what that means is we are able to do more enforcement and get people to slow down and save lives. what that looks like in the first six months of 2019, we have had 19 light armed forces operations, we have head sting and decoy operations, pedestrian sting and decoy operations, we have had a bike lane enforcement operation, we have initiated over 2301 vehicle traffic stops through the office of traffic safety grant operations, we have issued almost 100 citations just for holding a cell phone in your hand. i mentioned this at last year's press conference, that is a big issue for us. people driving in our city while they're talking on the cell phone or texting or distracted
otherwise, and that is a big issue. will be focusing on that as well we sighted almost 75 of these operations just for citations for texting while driving, which is very dangerous. the bottom line on this is enforcement is only one part of the puzzle. we have tom maguire up here with this -- with us, we have crossing guards, this is really a community effort and a community event. we really need the community's support and your support to get the message out. slow down, pay attention, be careful because our kids mean so much to us. save lives. thank you very much, mayor and supervisor stefani for your leadership, and thank you all for being here. [applause] >> thank you, chief. another important part of making our streets safer is improving our infrastructure. now i know that sometimes this can be a bit of a tug-of-war because we have protected bike lanes that we need to install,
and sometimes that would require the removal of parking, and we have changes to the way that we need to develop our city moving forward to because because when you think about it, you know, 20 years ago, you didn't see as many people cycling, and now you have people using that as a primary mode of transportation. that is not only protecting our environment, but it is also keeping people healthy and it is also making sure that the buses are less crowded and less people are driving. so as we make these improvements to our infrastructure, the goal is safety. it is about making sure that everyone knows where they should be when they're on the road in order to keep people safe. so the m.t.a. is charged with the responsibility of helping us to reconfigure san francisco as a place that used to focus mostly on developing our streets for cars, and now it is time to develop the streets for the future and that includes cars,
walking, busing, and biking in all of those things in between, his the person who is leading the m.t.a. at this time is the acting director, tom mcguire. [applause] >> thank you for drawing the connection between the changes we see on our streets and the choices that all of us make every day about how we get around san francisco. our goal is to make everyone feel like it is safe for kids to be able to walk to school or bike to school or get to school on the bus. the 190 crossing guards will be out on the street this week. they are here with one thing in mind, that is the safety of the children of san francisco. we have been doing a lot of work this summer to prepare the city for a safe start to the school year. we read striped 90 of the crosswalks around schools around the city. we've got troopers, we got
transit assistance staff who ride the bus with her high school and medicals -- middle school students to make sure they are safe as they navigate the city, and we are ready for a safe start to the school year however you get around. the m.t.a. has got something for you to keep you safe. we are grateful for the support of the mayor and supervisor stefani. all the city's elected officials for the goal of vision zero to end traffic fatalities in the city. thank you. [applause]. >> thank you. we have a very special guest. the ladies of the westside waves are here today and speaking on behalf of the team is maureen. [applause] >> hi.
my name is maureen and i am here today because five months ago on march 15th, my friend was struck by a car and died ten days later, so i have normal memories of eighth grade. i remember my eighth grade play, spending iron -- hours on my science fair project and studding from a big math test, but i also remember coming in late to my homeroom when i saw my teacher crying. i remember my team and i knew madeline was in the hospital because she was 14 and of course, she was going to wake up i clearly remember spending my eighth grade graduation holding in my tears after her memorial because i didn't want to ruin my mascara. when someone dies, especially such a bright light like mandelman, a community suffers. and knowing she died in a way that is utterly human and utterly preventable makes it so much more heartbreaking. our city has a problem and it is
killing people. with all the statistics and initiatives going around, this is easily the site of the real impact madelyn's parents, or siblings, your parents and her teammates were left behind, trying and failing to move on. i am so grateful we have the support of so many of our city leaders. we got some of the change we asked for, but it is not enough. it will not be enough until this stops happening. we cannot lose sight of what happens -- of what matters. we have to remember what we as a city lose. we can end this. we will end this. thank you. [applause] >> thank you for really putting it into perspective of why we need to do better. so thank you to everyone who is here today. please keep in mind this is a changing city, it is a growing
city. we have a lot more people who are out there on the streets, on the roads walking, so please be careful. so we also will be out there and enforcing the rules of the road, and just keep in mind that there are a lot of people out there on the streets and your kids are out there, your mother is out there, your family members are out there, so just think about that when you are out there driving around and you get distracted by a phone call. that phone call can wait. what is so -- what is so pressing that you have to reach for your phone, which could risk the possibility of an accident, and the importance of today is really to shine a light on our need to be back here in san francisco, to make sure that not one more tragedy happens on the streets of our city. thank you all for getting the word out, thank you for being here, let's do better so that kids that are going to school on
monday can have a great day and they can enjoy themselves and laugh, and play, and smile, and make it home safely to tell their parents about what an amazing first day of school they had. thank you so much for being here [applause] [♪] ♪ homelessness in san francisco is considered the number 1 issue by most people who live here, and it doesn't just affect neighbors without a home, it affects all of us. is real way to combat that is to work together. it will take city departments and nonprofit providers and volunteers and companies and community members all coming together.
[♪] >> the product homeless connect community day of service began about 15 years ago, and we have had 73 of them. what we do is we host and expo-style event, and we were the very force organization to do this but it worked so well that 250 other cities across the globe host their own. there's over 120 service providers at the event today, and they range anywhere from hygiene kits provided by the basics, 5% -- to prescription glasses and reading glasses, hearing tests, pet sitting, showers, medical services, flu shots, dental care, groceries, so many phenomenal service providers, and what makes it so unique is we ask that they provide that service today here it is an actual, tangible service people can leave with
it. >> i am with the hearing and speech center of northern california, and we provide a variety of services including audiology, counselling, outreach, education, today we actually just do screening to see if someone has hearing loss. to follow updates when they come into the speech center and we do a full diagnostic hearing test, and we start the process of taking an impression of their year, deciding on which hearing aid will work best for them. if they have a smart phone, we make sure we get a smart phone that can connect to it, so they can stream phone calls, or use it for any other services that they need. >> san francisco has phenomenal social services to support people at risk of becoming homeless, are already experience and homelessness, but it is confusing, and there is a lot of waste. bringing everyone into the same space not only saves an average of 20 hours a week in navigating the system and waiting in line for different areas, it helps them talk, so if you need to sign up for medi-cal, what you need identification, you don't have to go to sacramento or wait
in line at a d.m.v., you go across the hall to the d.m.v. to get your i.d. ♪ today we will probably see around 30 people, and averaging about 20 of this people coming to cs for follow-up service. >> for a participant to qualify for services, all they need to do is come to the event. we have a lot of people who are at risk of homelessness but not yet experiencing it, that today's event can ensure they stay house. many people coming to the event are here to receive one specific need such as signing up for medi-cal or learning about d.m.v. services, and then of course, most of the people who are tender people experiencing homelessness today. >> i am the representative for the volunteer central. we are the group that checks and all the volunteers that comment participate each day. on a typical day of service, we have anywhere between 40500 volunteers that we, back in, they get t-shirts, nametags, maps, and all the information they need to have a successful
event. our participant escorts are a core part of our group, and they are the ones who help participants flow from the different service areas and help them find the different services that they needs. >> one of the ways we work closely with the department of homelessness and supportive housing is by working with homeless outreach teams. they come here, and these are the people that help you get into navigation centers, help you get into short-term shelter, and talk about housing-1st policies. we also work very closely with the department of public health to provide a lot of our services. >> we have all types of things that volunteers deal do on a day of service. we have folks that help give out lunches in the café, we have folks who help with the check in, getting people when they arrive, making sure that they find the services that they need to, we have folks who help in the check out process, to make sure they get their food bag, bag of groceries, together hygiene kit, and whatever they need to.
volunteers, i think of them as the secret sauce that just makes the whole process works smoothly. >> participants are encouraged and welcomed to come with their pets. we do have a pet daycare, so if they want to have their pets stay in the daycare area while they navigate the event, they are welcome to do that, will we also understand some people are more comfortable having their pets with them. they can bring them into the event as well. we also typically offer veterinary services, and it can be a real detriment to coming into an event like this. we also have a bag check. you don't have to worry about your belongings getting lost, especially when that is all that you have with you. >> we get connected with people who knew they had hearing loss, but they didn't know they could get services to help them with their hearing loss picks and we are getting connected with each other to make sure they are getting supported. >> our next event will be in march, we don't yet have a date set. we typically sap set it six weeks out. the way to volunteer is to follow our newsletter, follow us on social media, or just visit our website.