San Francisco closed out 2013 with 21 pedestrian fatalities and 4 cyclist fatalities, the highest number for the City since 2001 with many of the fatalities occurring in District 6. South of Market, Tenderloin and Mission Bay is a gateway to several major freeways and faces the highest rates of pedestrian injuries and fatalities in the City. The SoMa alone, is an entrance and exits to five major freeways such as 101, 80, 280 and Bessie Carmichael School’s 2 sites are right by those freeways. Pedestrians, bicycles and transit vehicles share streets with trucks & freeway traffic. This has created adverse respiratory problems in children, such as asthma, traffic congestion that makes it difficult for youth and children to walk between home and school.
On Wednesday, April 30th, SOMCAN and its members, along with other organizations, like the SF Bicycle Coalition, will observe Dia los Ninos/Day of the Child/ Kaawaran ng mga Kabataan by convening an action to raise awareness on safety issues in our neighborhood and District.