San Francisco Awarded Gold Walk Friendly Community
9/22/11— Mayor Edwin M. Lee and the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) announced that San Francisco has been designated as a Gold Walk-Friendly Community by the Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center for the City’s walkability initiatives and programs. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration, Walk Friendly Communities is a national recognition program that recognizes communities for their commitment to pedestrian safety.
“San Francisco is proud to receive this designation as a Gold Walk-Friendly Community,” said Mayor Lee. “From Sunday Streets to audible pedestrian signals to Pavement to Parks, San Francisco continues to find ways to make walking safer and more enjoyable for all San Franciscans.”
“No matter the mode of transportation one chooses to get to work, school, shopping or fun, we are all pedestrians at some point,” said SFMTA Director of Transportation Edward D. Reiskin. “It is for this reason that we remain committed to improving conditions throughout our City. This is an honor shared with not just the staff within the SFMTA, but with all agencies in San Francisco that strive to make our streets and sidewalks as safe as possible.”
The organization recognized San Francisco for its commitment to accommodating pedestrians in the street network and for successfully integrating pedestrian support measures into planning ordinances and policies. While San Francisco has many natural and historic features that make it a great place to walk, this award is given based on the efforts of many city agencies to improve safety and make San Francisco streets more vital and inviting. Some of the key initiatives for which San Francisco was recognized include the Better Streets Plan, strong parking policies, Sunday Streets, Pavement to Parks, safe crossing policies, and Health Impact Assessments.
In addition to the SFMTA, many agencies and advocacy groups in San Francisco contribute to the continued improvement of walking conditions in the City including San Francisco Police Department, Department of Public Health, San Francisco Planning Department, Department of Public Works, Recreation and Parks Department, Department of the Environment, Pedestrian Safety Advisory Committee and Walk San Francisco.
“San Francisco is a great walking city, with a growing commitment to making our streets safe and inviting for everyone to enjoy on foot,” said Walk San Francisco Executive Director Elizabeth Stampe.
San Francisco is among ten communities recognized in the latest round of Walk-Friendly Communities announced. The Walk-Friendly Community designation, awarded from bronze to platinum, is given to applicant communities that have demonstrated a commitment to improving and sustaining walkability and pedestrian safety through comprehensive programs, plans and policies. To date, 21 communities in the U.S. have been designated as Walk Friendly Communities. For more information on Walk Friendly Communities, please visit http://www.walkfriendly.org.