Transit Agency Aims to Improve Safety with Bolder Crosswalks

The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency is giving city crosswalks a bold, new look, SFMTA officials said. The change is part of an effort to end all traffic fatalities in the city by 2024, an effort called Vision Zero.

Instead of two white lines that cross the entire width of the street, crosswalks across the city will be zebra-striped, with bolder, white lines. The bolder stripes make the crosswalks more visible, SFMTA officials said.

The SFMTA had previously used zebra-striped crosswalks near schools and at mid-block crossings. Now the SFMTA has repainted hundreds of crosswalks to date on streets such as Geary Boulevard, Third Street and Guerrero Street.

SFMTA officials said the new crosswalks are a quick, effective and inexpensive way to improve safety.

Keith Burbank, Bay City News

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  • It would be nice if we would standardize all crosswalks in this city, and not just repaint a few of them after years of studies. Right now there are at least 8 different crosswalks design patterns in SF. Many intersections have no crosswalk lines at all or have been completely faded, and many others are very poorly illuminated. For drivers, this ambiguity can cause confusion and uncertainty. Pedestrians should have the right to safely cross the street without resorting to wearing highly reflective safety vests!

  • Elizabeth Frantes

    Um, seems to me that HUGE FINES FOR BLOCKING CROSSWALKS might be a lot more effective. Cars have no respect for the rules, blocking the box, blocking crosswalks. If I had a dollar for every car I see breaking the law, I could buy myself a political job telling everyone that the laws of physics are optional.