Shall it be City policy to establish a Pedestrian Safety Fund to pay for improvements designed to make City streets safer for pedestrians?
Proposition Q is policy statement submitted by four members of the Board of Supervisors to create a Pedestrian Safety Fund. Proposition Q was an idea created as a result of a Pedestrian Safety Summit held earlier this year. The Fund would include at least the baseline funding provided in the City and County of San Francisco's 2000-01 budget for the Livable Streets program, as well as the City and County's portion of revenues generated by fines from violations that endanger pedestrians The proceeds of the fund would be used to promote the health and safety of pedestrians on the streets of the City and County of San Francisco, including, but not limited to the installation of pedestrian countdown clocks, lighted crosswalks, stop signs, a 24-hour hotline to report dangerous intersections, and high visibility pedestrian crossing, senior crossing, and school crossing signs.
As a policy statement, the measure would not legally require any action. However, should the proposed policy be adopted by the Mayor and Board of Supervisors, in my opinion, it would require the creation of a pedestrian safety fund of approximately $2.5 million.
- Summary of Arguments FOR Proposition Q:
- Pedestrian safety is a critical issue in San Francisco which has resulted in a public outcry for help prompted by a growing number of fatal and near fatal accidents on the city streets.
Proposition Q would ensure that the City maintains and expands its commitment to safer streets. It is appropriate and vital that local government respond to the crisis on the streets.
The Pedestrian Safety Summit held earlier this year identified many key actions which could help save lives. Action must be taken now.
- Summary of Arguments AGAINST Proposition Q:
- We already have the skilled and reliable San Francisco Police Department, and the Department of Parking and Traffic to ensure pedestrian safety, and the money and resources to do it. We need to enforce the laws we already have.
Proposition Q was devised by supervisors seeking reelection votes and media coverage.
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