Lainie Motamedi, Board President and Mother of Two, Speaks on Behalf of the SF Bicycle Coalition, a Partner in the City’s New Street Safety Program
Press Statement, April 10, 2012
- My name is Lainie Motamedi. I’m the President of the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition Board of Directors. More importantly, I’m a Mom of two, and I bicycle in the city with my kids.
- I’m here today to share the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition’s continued commitment to safer streets and to join with the City officials and community leaders here to re-double San Francisco’s efforts to prevent traffic fatalities.
- As advocates for safer streets, we are deeply troubled by reports of the collision resulting in a fatality recently. This is a tragic reminder that all of us – whether we are behind the wheel of a car or on two wheels of a bicycle – must be careful on our roads. And those who put others in danger should be held accountable for their reckless actions.
- It is important to remember that pedestrian injuries caused by bicycle crashes are rare in our city. It is worth noting that just days before this incident – which is drawing so much attention – two pedestrians were hit and killed on the same day by people driving motor vehicles. These incidents received far less media attention, and that’s a shame, because those were no less tragic losses of life.
- So while we support accountability in the Market/Castro incident, we also urge everyone to consider these incidents in context. Sadly, 899 people were injured last year while walking – 96% of those hit by people driving motor vehicles. We must not let the sensationalism of this one incident overshadow a far greater threat on our streets.
- Speaking as a Mother who loves to walk and bicycle with my two young children, I urge all road users to slow down and move safely and respectfully on our streets.
- Today, the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition is proud to stand with the City officials and community leaders here today to share a program with a greater focus on street safety. This is a program we have been working on for many months in close partnership with the SF Police Department and other city officials. These ideas have been in the works for quite some time, and given the extra attention on street safety, we thank Supervisor Chiu for helping us roll them out now.
- This is part of an ongoing effort by the 12,000-member San Francisco Bicycle Coalition to work toward a culture of greater respect on our streets by actively encouraging safe behavior by all road users. This includes our free, bike safety classes, which reach thousands of adults who want to better understand their responsibilities and rights on the road. And we reach tens of thousands of people each year with our “Bicycle Rules of the Road.” And we reach drivers who spend the most time on our roads through our taxi driver education with the SFMTA, and the soon-to-come Muni operator training.
- As a Mom and a leader of the SF Bicycle Coalition, I am proud of the work we are doing to encourage safer streets. But we can always do more. And today’s commitment to increase education and enforcement efforts should go a long way toward our shared goal of safer streets.