Recently, we’ve been hearing some disturbing reports that officers from the San Francisco Police Department have been issuing citations to people on bikes and saying that the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition has asked them to issue the ticket or to “crack down” on bicyclists.
We want to be very clear that this is not the case, and to take this opportunity to reiterate our long-standing beliefs and approach to enforcement.
For years, we have called on the SFPD to use their limited resources to prioritize the most dangerous behaviors at the most dangerous locations. Based on reported crash data, we have pulled together a list of the most dangerous locations in the city, those with the most bicycle and pedestrian injury collisions.
As you will see in the list of locations below, the great preponderance of injury collisions are caused by people in cars, and this is where we are urging the SFPD to focus their enforcement energy.
As your advocates for safer streets, we will continue to call on the SFPD to enforce the most dangerous behaviors at the most dangerous locations, and we will continue to work with the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency to engineer streets to be safer for people biking and walking. We are eager to work in partnership with these city agencies to accomplish our shared goal of safer streets, but we urge the SFPD and SFMTA to be fair and data-driven in their work, not to overreact to media reports or individual neighbor complaints.
We are collecting data about tickets given to people on bike. If you received a ticket or warning while biking, please let us know.
Intersections With More Than Five Crashes Involving Vulnerable User in 2011
|Closest Intersection||Number of Crashes in 2011|
|* MARKET & OCTAVIA||10|
|DIVISADERO & OAK||9|
|* 5TH & MARKET||9|
|* MARKET & VALENCIA||9|
|* 8TH & MARKET||8|
|MISSION & SOUTH VAN NESS||8|
|DUBOCE & VALENCIA||6|
|GOLDEN GATE & JONES||6|
|FELL & MASONIC||6|
|* 4TH & MARKET||6|
|* 6TH & MARKET||5|
|17TH & VALENCIA||5|
|GENEVA & MISSION||5|
|CALIFORNIA & VAN NESS||5|
|GEARY & LARKIN||5|
|6TH & HOWARD||5|
|* 7TH & MARKET||5|
|BROADWAY & POLK||5|
|CLAY & KEARNY||5|
|POLK & TURK||5|
|JACKSON & STOCKTON||5|
 With an estimated 1,502 total crashes involving vulnerable users at the city’s 7,200 intersections [San Francisco Transportation Fact Sheet, 2010], the average crash rate is 0.209. These 21 intersections have a crash rate of 6.285.
Breakdown of Crash Data by Users
Total Traffic-Related Injuries in 2011 (includes car vs. car) 3,847
Total Traffic-Related Injuries in 2011 to pedestrians 899
Total Pedestrian Injuries in 2011 involving a motor vehicle
(includes Buses, Trucks, motorcycles, etc.) 868
Total Pedestrian Injuries in 2011 involving a bicycle rider 31
Percent of motor vehicle-related injuries to pedestrians 96.6%
Percent of bicycle-related injuries to pedestrians 3.4%
Reported Crashes Involving a Vulnerable User (Involving at least one
person on a bicycle or walking) 1,502
Percent of all Reported Crashes involving Vulnerable Users 39.1%