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WalkFirst: A framework for pedestrian improvements in San Francisco
Please click here to participate in our interactive web tool. 
Though WalkFirst outreach has concluded, please use the
participate page to continue to inform planners and engineers of your safety priorities. As projects evolve, the City will continue to use your input to shape and inform proposals


WalkFirst Phase II 

About the Project

WalkFirst is a data-driven process that will prioritize 5 years of capital improvements to meet Pedestrian Strategy goals and make San Francisco a safer place to walk. This work builds on the WalkFirst existing conditions report, completed in September 2011.

On March 6, 2014, Mayor Lee joined City partners including the SFMTA, Planning Department, Department of Public Health, Department of Public Works and the Controller’s Office in presenting the recommendations of WalkFirst, a first-of-its-kind initiative in the United States to improve pedestrian safety in San Francisco. Tasked with creating a strategic framework to identify and deliver pedestrian projects and programs in San Francisco, WalkFirst has combined public engagement with technical and statistical analysis of where and why pedestrian collisions occur on our city streets, and updated knowledge about the effectiveness and costs of various engineering measures proven to reduce pedestrian collisions. As a result, WalkFirst has now provided the City with a roadmap of urgently needed pedestrian safety projects and programs over the next five years and the toolbox of measures that can be leveraged to reduce serious pedestrian injuries and fatalities. The City is now ready to leverage $17 million to improve pedestrian safety at 170 high-priority locations identified by WalkFirst over the next five years. The Mayor’s Transportation Task Force recommends that up to $50 million be available for this program. WalkFirst is part of the City’s larger Vision Zero program, a goal to eliminate serious pedestrian injuries and fatalities in the City in the next 10 years.

WalkFirst Steps

  • Public Outreach & Engagement - November/January 2013
  • Technical Analysis - November/December 2013
  • Pedestrian Safety Improvements Drafted - January 2014
  • SFMTA Adopts List of Improvements - February 2014
  • Funding for Pedestrian Safety Improvements - July 2014

Project Team & Staff Contacts

This project is a partnership among City agencies, including the SFMTA, SF Planning Department, Department of Public Health and the Controller’s Office. 

For more information or if you have questions on this project, contact:

Lily Langlois, Planning Department
(415) 575-9083

Oliver Gajda, SFMTA
(415) 701-4467


November 2013 to July 2014

Last updated: 11/7/2014 1:32:02 PM