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>> good morning. friday morning. yay. the meeting will come to order. this is the regular meeting of the zero vision committee for friday, october 4, 2019. i am commissioner norman yee and i would be chairing today's meeting. i am joined by commissioner peskin and vice chair commissioner stephanie will be here joining us shortly. the clerk is steve stamos --
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>> clerk: alberto -- >> okay. that's okay. the committee would also like to acknowledge the staff at sfg tv who record each of our meetings and make the transcripts available online. mr. clerk, do you have any communications? >> yes. members of the public, please silence or turn off our cellphones. public comment will be taken after each item. speakers will have two minutes. >> at every meeting i have announced the number of fatalities since our last meeting. another four people have been killed on the streets. that's 22 people who have lost their lives this year, the deat deaths are tragic and heartbreaking and i want to give pause for them. but what we don't here enough
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about is the nearly 600 people annually when are severely injured on our streets. severely is not bumps and bruises. it means trauma. most likely lifetime of impact. 600 people annually. despite our vision zero efforts, these numbers have not gone down, with more drivers, more congestion, more mobility devices, we must be aggressive in our actions. education is partially the answer, but we also are failing on enforcement and accountability. when i meet with autonomous vehicle companies who state that safety is their north star, yet their idea of community investment is having cars at parade parades. we are failing to ensure that companies are true partners in our vision zero policy, rather
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than focusing on marketing and p.r. when a t.n.c. company states they are going to roll out alerts to passengers to watch for bikes and that never comes to fruition, we are failing. when i ask bayview -- bay wheels that what their tangible efforts are to support vision zero as they roll out thousands of bikes, i am told they give money for bike racks. it's kind of insulting that's their answer to vision zero, bike racks. as a city, we are investigating in engineering changes and are working to create stronger policies, but vision zero requires accountability from everyone. as more mobility devices are launching on our streets, we must be vigilant and hold companies accountable for the
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impacts they have and not make it nearly impossible for the residents to have their concerns noted and tracked. we must have accountability written into any permits so that bad players can be eliminated. i want to see lighting implemented city. wide. as a city we most promote the passage of automated speed enforcement. we must work to slow down our corridors. if companies want to launch mobility devices, they must commit to vision zero in tangible and measurable ways. putting up bike racks is not one of them. i don't want to be a broken record. i want accountability. i want to hear updates on what has been done, but also clear plans and timelines and
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measurable goals for what is being planned. i think there will be a lot of questions today. so, mr. clerk, please call the first item. >> clerk: item 1, roll call. [ roll call ]. >> clerk: we have quorum. >> item 2. >> approve the minutes of the june 27, 2019, meeting. this is an action item. >> motion to approve the minutes. >> subject to public comment, i would make such a motion. even though i was not at the meeting, i have read the minutes. i would move, subject to public comment, approval of the june 27, 2019, minutes. is there any public comment for this item? seeing none, then this motion
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passes. >> roll call, please. >> clerk: on item 2. [ roll call ]. >> clerk: we have approval. >> one more. we have approval. >> the motion is approved. mr. clerk, can you please call the next item. >> clerk: vision zero progress report. this is an information item. >> come on up. she is up. >> i name from the sfmta. i am the vision zero task force
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co-chair. i would like to open with a progress report on our 2019 action strategy actions. today i'm going to be joined by my colleague geraldine and john, who will be presenting on elements of this. specifically, geraldine will be talking about our north of market and south of market signals. it's currently in progress and an item currently of interest to many of you. within our safe streets category, our goal was to implement five quick build projects within two years. we've now since expanded that work since you were able to fund additional money for this program. so we've committed to ten projects in one year with more coming in the next years. so very specifically projects that we completed that you can go see in the ground include the taylor street quick builds, where we converted in some
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blocks three lanes of traffic to one lane of general traffic with large buffers to reduce the speed of cars traveling down taylor street. we also completed the sixth street big build. it is two lanes north bound and one lane south bound. we were not going to wait for a long-term construction project before immediately implementing any of the safety implements we could as fast as possible. seventh street quick build is our absolute fastest project built in the history of my group. we completed over a mile of a protected bicycle facility on seventh street. in seven total weeks from planning to implementation. that includes a protected corner of an intersection at townsend street. these are outdated pictures. if you go out to townsend
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street, we are currently pouring concrete on townsend today, building the largest bus boarding area in the city probably west of the mississippi and make sure it is safe for those taking public transportation serving this most intense part of the city. in conjunction with the chase center opening, it wasn't just about muni and any other form of transportation. we built a two-way bicycle facility which fronts effectively the waterfront. so the chase center is a very safe and easy place to get to from bicycle. we are appreciative of our crews who are able to get that in before the chase center opens and make people know that this is one more way you can get
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there. we have a connection in district 3 parallel to the embarcadero. for those who choose not to ride on that, that may not be comfortable for every user, we created a contra flow bike way on battery street. we are able to help people safely cross the street there using a new signal timing phase. we've really gotten great feedback and big complements from our petty cab users in addition to other people who ride their bike down there. i'm going to turn it over to my colleague geraldine who is going to speak about the north and south signal timing project. it's a lot to take credit for. thank you for coming today, geraldine. >> good morning, commissioners. i am the project manager for the north of market, south of market signal retiming project.
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today i'll give you a little bit of detail about our project. to start off with -- sure. to start off with, this project will retime 345 signals in san francisco, and that represents about 30% of the over 1200 signals we have in this city. to provide some background on the grant, it was a $3.74 million highway safety improvement program grant that we applied for a few years ago and got. that's how we got the funding for this project. some of the key aspects and goals for this project were to try to improve safety in a number of high-injury corridors in the city, including the south of market, tenderloin, financial district, union square, and western addition areas. the idea for this was to use signal timing to address the
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collisions that had already been observed in those areas of the city. some of the key elements and benefits for our project were -- the first one was to reduce the walking speed to 3 feet per second. what this refers to is for the part of the pedestrian timing that -- where we developed a countdown portion, we reduced our walking speed assumption from 3.5 feet per second to 3 feet per second. how this plays out in the field is a typical improvement you might make is if the countdown before was 10 seconds, now you might see it a couple seconds longer, at 12 seconds. that's how a pedestrian would see that benefit out in the field. another benefit was we added a lot of leading pedestrian
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intervals to intersections. at the end i can -- i have some numbers to show how many leading pedestrian intervals we added. another element benefit to this project was to update the signal synchronization for some key corridors. so this has a couple of key aspects to it. for some corridors, we actually lowered the design speed, where it was 25 mph before, we took the opportunity to lower them to, say, 20 mph. in some other areas where we observed a lot of congestion, we took this opportunity with this project to improve progression so those areas weren't so congested. so we took into account the latest traffic volumes, looked at patterns, updated lane geometries to come up with new progression for a lot of the corridors. we also -- in developing the signal timing, we took into account key muni lines, made
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sure that we were keeping those corridors flowing from muni. in particular, mission, for example, we made sure to prioritize mission and make sure that we were keeping the progression good for that corridor. finally, some of the other elements for this project for updating the cycles, yellow lights, and all-red clearance intervals for the different intersections. with regards to cycling, a typical improvement we did was to lengthen the cycling. so common existing situation is we have 60 seconds for a typical cycle at an intersection, and that just wasn't long to do all the improvements we wanted to, longer yellows, all reds, and the crossing time. with regards to the yellow lights, again we lengthened a lot of yellow lights to update the timing to the most -- to the
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very latest standards with regards to yellow timing. how that plays out is if you had an existing yellow of, say, 3 seconds, we increased that to 3.5 or 4 seconds. for all-red clearance, a typical improvement was if we had an existing 0.5 seconds, we may have increased it to, say, 1 or 1.5 seconds. so by 1 or 2 seconds is how we increased the all-red time. >> what's all-red? >> all-red is the portion of the signal time where everybody gets a red. so after one phase ends, there's a pause before the other direction of traffic gets the green. >> okay. thank you. >> this map visually shows the scope of our project.
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to date -- as i mentioned we're going to update about 345 intersections. we've actually started the implementation already at over 200 intersections to date. it's already in the field. how we've been implementing the changes are through batches. like, we couldn't implement all the timing changes in one shot. so what we've been doing is implementing them by splitting it up into the different areas. so, for example, the western edition updated timing went in in april. about 50 intersections north of market east area went in. the latest batch a week ago. soma east part of fourth street, that went in about a month ago. so a total of 200 intersections
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already got the new timing. the remaining intersections that will get the new timing are for the rest of north of market. we are anticipating putting that in later this month. so that's about 100 intersections. the very last batch will be the west locations, the locations west of fourth street. that we're hoping to do next month. finally, just to kind of summarize some of the key improvements we've done on an intersection basis. so we've implemented new leading pedestrian intervals at about 200 intersections. we've updated the 3 feet per second walking speed at 280 locations. we've updated the yellow and all-red for 180 intersections. finally, we took this opportunity as part of this project to coordinate the implementation of pedestrian scrambles at nine intersections
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in the tenderloin area as part of this project. for those scrambles, we plan on implementing those later this month. we're still trying to finalize the details of that. if you were interested in the list of locations, i don't have it on a slide, but i can verbally say the locations for the scramble. >> no, i don't know that you have to read it in. but can you at least give me those nine locations. >> oh, sure, yeah, yeah. >> are you finished? >> yeah. >> can i -- i want to -- in regards to the signal retiming, it sounds like most of what you're talking about will happen in the next few months i guess. >> yeah, most -- so as i
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mentioned, we actually implemented the new timing already at 200 of the 345 or so locations. the remaining intersections that need the timing still implemented are most of north of market and the soma west location. but the other locations like western edition and the part of bush pine that's west of vaness will be implemented at different times during this year. >> i'm making sure that i heard right, which is that the rest of it, the yellow and the reds, they're going to be implemented in the next few months? >> yes. so for the rest of north of market, the current plan is to implement the rest of it later this month. soma -- the soma west i'm calling it, it's -- we're tentatively scheduled for next
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month. >> so beyond what you spoke about today, are there any plans to roll out any other areas in san francisco? >> so far not as big an effort as this project because in order to update these many intersections, we had to take some time to develop some commut computer models, gather lane geometry speeds and put that in a computer model that had to be optimized. that's how we develop our final signal time. >> the question is do we have future plans for other areas? >> so perhaps ricardo might have something to add about that. >> good morning, commissioners. i am with the m.ta. city traffic engineer. like geraldine said this was a conscious effort where we obtained funds because of the
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size and the complexity involved. we do have plans to retime the rest of the city. as we had discussed in a previous city, we're committed to do the remaining intersections before the 2024 deadline, so about five years from when we had discussions. it will be a matter of grabbing locations and retiming systems and locations on a case-by-case basis. we do have plans to gradually retime signals because we feel that this is an area where there's a lot of safety gains to be made relatively efficiently. so we do have plans, but this was a very large effort that we wanted to highlight today. >> no, no, i really appreciate this large effort i guess. it seems this effort was done with some efficiency. so i'm just wondering why we can't roll out the rest of the two-thirds or 70% of the city
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with as much efficiency. what are the plans? i mean, you know, i'm curious -- since this effort did not impact my district, didn't impact commissioner stephanie's district. he has lumbar street. i have 19th avenue and a bunch of other streets. what are the plans? i mean, you say you have plans, but what are you going to roll out next? i mean, you're almost finished this piece right now by next month sounds like. what's going to happen after next month? what's going to happen in the next six months? >> we can give you more details. we don't have an immediate six-month plan. like i said, we have a plan to retime a lot of signals, and a lot of signals have been retimed. what we can provide is what locations remain to be done and what have been done and what locations will be done by 19th avenue and others.
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so there's a lot of initiatives that are behind us and ahead of us. we can provide more information in terms of looking ahead schedule. we don't have a project of this magnitude right now identified. so the remaining retiming will be done by existing projects or existing staff efforts. >> we don't have any large effort because we don't have the money, is that what it is? >> we have not applied for the grant to do other systems. it's possible that other systems can be retimed without having to do as much data collection. in some of the systems we need to do some modelling, we already have them. we'll see if we do need to have an effort of this magnitude, but for the most part the systems that remain are relatively smaller and more linear. so i think we can tackle those on a non-fund basis. we can probably look at seeing
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how we can use existing staff and resources to do those systems. >> so i guess at our next meeting can you present at least the next year's effort or going forward -- >> yeah, we can give you an idea of which locations have already been retimed and give you an update on locations we're going to be doing next. >> that would be appreciated. if it's a resource issue, then are we looking at resources at all, madam director? >> [ indiscernible ] -- >> we have obtained as part of the quick build funding that we have obtained, we will do some additional for that. we have some additional engineers positions that we will devote to this. we will do additional work in
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this area as part of this initiative. >> so just prepare for -- to present next time. in terms of the scrambles, it's been my desire to maybe expand this separate with scrambles. are we going to actually look at -- once you put these nine in, for instance, are you going to look at the results of that? >> certainly after we put in the scrambles, that is part of the project is actually to do some post-timing analysis. so we could definitely do something like that after we install the scrambles. >> scrambles are relatively new to the city.
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are we making any effort for these nine locations to have somebody out there, whether m.t.a. or somebody else, to educate people how to use it? because i found when -- the first place i saw it was in oakland. i found people not knowing what to do. so it creates almost like a negative impact in the sort of immediate usage. >> yeah, we got this very specific request from the tenderloin which has a traffic safety task force of community members. we do have one scramble that was recently installed. we heard the feedback that there is some confusion, especially because we cannot put in what are called the diagonal heads just yet. so we've had a request from the community to support education. right now we're kind of trying to identify funding to support specifically your request. so making sure that we have dollars going directly to the community so they can educate each other. especially because there's a couple groups already out there on the streets already doing
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crossing assistance, tenderloin safe passage. so even better than the government going out and doing it is the community going out and doing it with each other. that would be our goal when the scrambles go out commensurate to the project. >> so moving forward, can we actually time it in a way that there's no lag time? i mean, you would have these people ready when the scrambles are installed, rather than afterwards? >> we're doing our very best. there's a lot of bureaucracy. we're going to do what we can. >> what do you need to do better? >> paper to be pushed faster. >> where is it being stalled? where is it being a barrier? >> i think we can make it happen. we'll let you know if that's not true. >> wait a minute. i know that you're going through it the first time. do you feel like as we move
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forward the paperwork you're talking about can be anticipated and moved quicker? >> i think there's a -- in anything that we choose to do, we have to have all the stars aligned at exactly the same moment. so funding needs to be in place. contracts need to be issued. we need to make sure everything is in order with contracts compliant. purchase orders need to be sent out. any of the checks and balances on those things need to be true as well. that's true of any city effort we do, whether of me of any other city agency. i think everyone is working earnestly towards that end. there's a lot of wheels that move, and it's my responsibility to make sure they do so. i'm committed to making this happen. >> if i may jump in, mr. chairman, and not by way of advocating for anything that may be on the ballot, but perhaps we can confirm with our executive director that the measure that all 11 of us and the mayor put on the ballot which is prop d
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would have funding for exactly this. hold on, alberto, turn your mic on or you can come up. >> yes, commissioner. through the chair. the measure on the ballot that's for the property, the measure does have an expenditure plan, the eligibility for signal and signal timing. >> that's fantastic to know. thank you, commissioner peskin, for including that in there. okay. so thank you very much for your presentation. >> i'm going to continue this item. there was just a little smidge of the progress report. geraldine and her team are very humble about the amount of work. she was very quiet about how much effort this thing took. it was a $3.5 million grant for a reason. huge kudos to them.
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it took tremendous hours. we're all going to reap those benefits. i want to express my thanks to all those involved and we're going to see a great outcome in the next few days. >> can i -- are you still on, commissioner? i'm just curious for this big effort and it's great that there was a big effort. so a team was put together? >> it is our existing signals group who prioritized this project. yes, it's a team of engineers and our signal shop who are responsible for the implementation of this project. >> okay. thank you. >> yeah. >> go ahead. >> so just on the safe people side of things, this is very brief. i know that you all had an extensive hearing about this topic in your last full t.a. committee. so of course we continue the broad multi-lingual outreach
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work that this commission has prioritized for us and made earnest progress on our safe streets for seniors program that works directly with seniors, in helping them to advocate for street safety programs. we've had a lot of programs out in the street, which includes our street team. so our street team also now has really started supporting our outreach events for projects. it's great to bring these broad city policies to what people are seeing on the ground. for example, the street team was also at our seventh street open house. so people had the same opportunity to hear about a project in our neighborhood and our broader zero vision policy. also all of the social media work, twitter and facebook, if you're on them i hope you've
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been enjoying our messaging. i'm going to highlight two programs that are really dedicated towards reducing the number of fatalities that we see disproportionate. motorcycle safety. every year we see motorcyclistings disproportionately shown in our fatalities. so we have this first in nation program that i believe we're in year three of our motorcycle safety program, which works with our police department to provide skills training to any motorcyclist here in san francisco. i believe our wait list was longer than our available spots for this program. there's been a huge support from the motorcycling community. we'll try to continue this program just because it's been such a big hit and really addresses an issue our engineers try to find solutions for. also addressing speeding. speeding is the number one cause of whether someone lives or dies through a collision.
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we've had information through all sorts of mediums. we're really trying to target drivers. from our results we expect we've had 50 million total impressions. whether that was a radio ad or a bus ad or any other mediums. we do our best to make a good guess at how many people are hearing our message. on our data systems, we released our 2018 severe traffic injury trend report. so for those who have not had the opportunity to look at it, this was a really important way for us to address how are we doing on those severe injuries. commissioner, you brought a lot of attention to this. critical is one of those bars that i really take a look at at. so if you see the below black bar, that is inclusive of the severe injuries above it. this is data collected through zuc zuckerburg s.f. general. this is for us to look at what
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happens after the police attends the politician and what's happening in the hospital. so we do see a slight upward trend and it's something that we're keeping an eye on. we're also working with -- nationally to make sure that e-scooters are being captured in any of our medical reporting. a lot of these things come to san francisco first, although obviously not exclusively. it's really important for every hospital provider, whether in tallahassee or here in san francisco to capture that information so we can capture that in our severe injury data. lastly, this is good for you all, but also good for anyone listening through the public. we put a very easy public website that allows you to look at -- a general person of the public to look at the same police data that i as a practitioner have available to
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me. easy to query. you can look at district # # or a neighborhood south of market. you can look at whether it was a pedestrian or a cyclist. you can query by drawing a line on a map and then see the police -- the sort of high level information that the police reports to us so you can better understand the same collision trends that we are looking at and how we're trying to address them through some of our projects and programs. that concludes my progress update. do you have any questions? >> do you have any information on the day lighting efforts? >> ricardo and i share that project. we are actively working on day lighting. so we've recently completed work orders in the financial district. what else did you want to say? >> yes. i worked on a day lighting project for the financial district. so we started day lighting the
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area north of market and moving on now to doing south of market. at the same time we're day lighting select corridors, particularly those that are associated with capital projects, third street, second street, fifth street. there's a lot of projects that are part of the policy push doing day lighting as they get rolled out as part of their quick build initiative. so we are trying to find staff. i think the goal for next year is to provide additional resources so we can increase the output of day lighting. right now we're using existing staff and resources, but because we're moving on multiple fronts, just trying to gradually make progress on day lighting as much as we can. >> did we set a goal for day lighting? >> the resolution that you passed as a goal of 1,200 intersections. >> in the -- for -- what was the time period? >> a year.
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>> a year. and do you think we will be able to meet that goal? >> i don't think at this point we honestly will be able to do that many. i think the other thing to consider is as we look at locations, a lot of the locations are already day lit. >> i don't want to count -- >> yeah. the high-injury corridor which is what we're focusing on right now i think may be more day lit that we originally thought. so as part of this effort i think what we need to do is better document how much of the high-injury network needs to be done. the approach that i took is just took a look at all the intersections and just day lit what remains to be done. as i was looking through a lot of intersections either because of past efforts or because of bus zones or previous parking changes, a lot of locations were already day lit. the goal is to be systematic so we do the corridors based on existing resources. we may not need the 1,200, but
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we will do as much as we can to get to the completion of the high-injury network, which is our goal. >> when did you start that effort? i forget what month. >> the resolution that you passed was earlier this year. the financial district was -- it's being implemented right now. in terms of day lighting, that's something we have been doing for a long time. it was part of vision zero efforts and it was done previously a little less aggressively than we're doing now. it's always been an idea that particularly at locations that are high speed. for example, we had done the entire tenderloin as part of one our early vision zero efforts. we lit that area because of the high propensity for pedestrians and vehicles when turning to have crashes. so we've done previous efforts,
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both at the district level in the case of the tenderloin with projects. and just case by case. for example, we day lit fulton streets because there's a lot of crosswalks there. we want to make sure that people when they're crossing, particularly when there's no traffic signal, that they can see vehicles. there is an emphasis on uncontrolled crosswalks. it's a work-in-progress. i know your direct is supportive of this. we've also got an interest from district 4 and other districts that want to improve safety in this fashion, which is for me a kind of a change because a lot of times what we often hear is complaints about parking removal, why is my parking space disappearing? i think now that we have consensus from a policy perspective that this is something important be i think it helps staff implement these projects on a case-by-case basis
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and large projects. >> one more question. >> yes. >> this different -- in terms of -- is anybody studying whether it makes sense for us to have a discussion around no right-hand turns on red signal? >> yes. actually, we are doing a pretty deep dive into the no turn on red issue. our colleagues at the department of public health are helping us with a data analysis part that we're going to be doing now. so we're actually going to grab the collisions that have happened, we're going to look at them, and try to see this issue are the turns being made on red, green, or it's ambiguous. what we've found in the past is most of the crashes are due to vehicles on green, but we need to kind of pin-point what is the propensity for safety issues on
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the red. so we will have that study starting right now. people are already kind of looking into the data. then spring of 2020 we'll probably have results and recommendations on the no turn on red issue. >> appreciate it. and of course the answer is that if we put scrambles on there, we wouldn't have that issue. >> yes. no turn on reds are automatically put on scrambles and other safety issues. this is more of a location unspecific look at the entire city and see how we can approach that issue. >> thank you very much. you're finished, ms. -- thank you for your report. thank you for all the efforts that you're making. i know i'm asking some hard questions, but i feel like i need to do that. okay. so any public comments on item 3? seeing none then public comment
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is closed. this is an informational item. let's move on to next item. >> clerk: item 4. san francisco police department report is an information item. >> okay. here we can. commander -- >> [ indiscernible ] -- >> how are you? >> good morning. thanks for having me. >> you have been newly appointed to this post? >> so today marks my first month. i would like to assure everyone in the room it's not my first month in the police department. hopefully that will pay off. a little quick bit of my background, if i might. i've been in the police department for 28 years. i was a lieutenant at tenderloin at the crime lab. i've worked just about every section in the police department. i was in operations for the last 2.5 years. i was the captain at mission station. so i have the benefit of that experience with me in my new
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assignment. >> okay. >> okay. so i'll give you the information, supervisor, that you are all waiting for. so i just wanted to touch on a few things right at the onset and i will be very direct with the information. one of the things that i'm reminded of in the operations that i've observed being conducted in traffic is the value in not only enforcement of changing the behavior of drivers and individuals using our streets and our roadways, but also the value -- the additional value that they serve as a deterrent. our presence helps change the behavior of everyone who is using our roads and our streets. the police department, we are all in, all committed, every district station. our traffic enforcement company conducts monthly operations in support of changing behavior, in
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support of vision zero, in an effort to eliminate fatalities and serious injury collisions. one last quick note about the traffic company, the motorcycle, the solos as they're commonly referred to. they are our experts when it comes to traffic, but they are a great resource for the stations in terms of operations and support in that manner. a week ago they were out working with tenderloin station officers to conduct pedestrian safety operations where there's an undercover officer walking in the crosswalk. motorcycle officers are stationed nearby. people in vehicles fail to yield are stopped and enforcement action is taken. so the first bit of information that i know you all are expecting is in regards to the vision zero enforcement team,
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which is based out of the traffic company. this team started in june. their deployment is data driven. they are going out to areas that are identified on the high-injury network corridors. they concentrate on the enforcement and focus on the five violations, which we all know are the violations which are the most common primary collision factor in serious injury collisions. they began in june. under mayor breed's leadership, that team size has been doubled. i think it's important to thank superior fewer and all of you on the board of supervisors for your support during the budgetary process which allowed us to staff this increased traffic enforcement team. since june, this team of officers -- and we have coverage
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every day of the week -- these two teams of officers have issued over a thousand citations. 90% of those citations have been for focus on the five violations. you might wonder what happens to the other 10%, why aren't they 100% focused on the five. there are times where they are deployed in areas where they see other things like distracted driving and on the telephone. other unsafe behavior they have to address to driveways and they do. that team has been very effective, and we appreciate the support that all of you gave us so that we were able to staff it. in terms of our enforcement efforts, i know you received information on the first quarter. but for anybody in the room who isn't aware, the first quarter this year we wrote 10,925 cites.
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4,494 were focused on the five. that was a 41% concentration of focus on the five. the police department's goal is 50%. so we did not meet the percentage in the first quarter. on a better or more positive note in the second quarter of this year, our total citation count has risen to 21,931, which is an increase by 11,000 for the second quarter. in the second quarter 5,77 approximate of those citations were written for focus on the five. so that resulted in a 52% average. so we were above the goal. i can tell you that in four of the 10 district stations, including the bayview, the northern, the richmond, and the
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engleside, all of these stations exceeded the 50%. in bayview, they were at 53%, northern 65%, richmond 56%. the engleside 56%. and our traffic company their focus on the 5% was at 60%. due to the increase in the increases for focus on the five as well as an increase in the citations, our year to date -- not our year to date, excuse me. our average for the first two quarters for the department is 47%, not at 50, but we are trending upwards. my hope is that we will continue to move on this momentum and we get to 50%. my hope is that we exceed 50% in our percentage. >> commissioner stephanie. >> does that conclude your report? >> yes, ma'am.
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>> oh, great. >> unless there's any questions. >> i do have a few questions. not really on the report. first of all, thank you for your service. one of the reasons i was late was i was on chestnut street dealing with people who had experienced a home invasion and they were thankful for the way police had handled it. i'm hearing concerns from my constituents about enforcing our scooter laws. we have thousands more scooters coming onto our streets this month. i'm concerned about the pedestrian safety implications about that. i know it's vehicle code 21230 clearly states it's illegal to ride an e-scooter on a sidewalk. it's a moving violation enforced by the police department and not by the m.t.a. i'm wondering how sfpd wants to enforce these moving violations and whether or not you need more resources.
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i'm concerned that you have all these scooters coming on. and if the police are tasked with yet another thing to do in this city like enforcing these scooters, people riding on the sidewalk even get injured. do you have the resources to do that and is that being factored in and did the m.t.a. consult with you? >> yes. one thing i can say about my approach, what do i bring to this position is the idea of collaboration. i learned that working with police officers as a lieutenant and working with the community in the mission which i love very dearly, and i learned a lot of messages from those folks and also working with other members from the city family. everyone from sfpd have been nice bringing me up to the current level of information they all have. so we have -- those are discussions that we are having. i can tell you that the police
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department is concerned about everyone's safety, regardless of the mode in which they move about the city. certainly on the sidewalk people -- i can imagine i wouldn't expect that and i know a lot of people are surprised by that. what we have in that regard is a lot of foot beat officers deployed throughout all of the stations. so that's something that i can imagine or remind or discuss with the captains, who i'm sure are aware of that as well, about that being something that is addressed. the focus for our officers using police cars and motorcycles, speed is a big issue along with the focus on the five factors. people who are walking and on bicycles, there's a long list of people who are very vulnerable in a collision, more so than
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vehicles. so a lot of our effort and focus on the five is directed at vehicles because of the dire consequences that can occur. the short answer is i think foot beat officers are a great solution to that and that is a reasonable expectation that we will need to address as well. >> okay. and with a -- writing a ticket or enforcing this vehicle code section is the same as any body camera report. a police officer would have to engage in a long reporting process to write a ticket for an e-scooter violation on the sidewalk. >> yes, that's correct. >> it's my concern that we're trying to -- pedestrian safety is obviously something we're so focused on, with thousands more scooters coming onto our streets and sidewalks. i mean, i see violations all the time in district 2. it really concerns me, and i
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hear about it all the time from people that are nervous about it. i just feel like you're overtasked to -- focus on the five, obviously, speeding, the cars. that's where we're really getting it. but i have a worry around e-scooters and whether or not we're going to be effective and actually even enforce. that's just my statement. >> no, i agree with you. i had some questions around this also. i mean, i'm just wondering if there have been any tickets written to scooters that violate. that's one thing. >> okay. >> you probably wouldn't have that answer, but my guess is there's probably no tickets been written. i'm wondering from m.t.a. who provides these permits to these
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companies, is there anything written in the contract when you get the permit -- i'm sorry. i want to hold on a second. let me -- >> i can -- whatever you like, supervisor. >> i just wanted to mention that i -- thank you for your report, but i know you're new -- you just got onto this job. in the future when you do the report, it would be really helpful if there's either a handout or something on the screen so we could -- i mean, i could follow some of the numbers, but you threw out a lot of the numbers. >> okay. i'm sorry about that. >> no, no, that's okay. what we had in the past is we made some comparison to what was before vision zero. there was actually a big effort when we passed the policy in terms of ticketing. and then one of the reasons why you're even presenting on is
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there was a big dropoff after a while. you know, we want to make sure that we bring our efforts up to what we were when we first started vision zero. by having the data that will show it. >> i understand. thank you. >> appreciate it. good luck with this. >> thank you. >> thank you. any other questions? >> i was actually going to say the same thing, which is insofar as we all at a previous vision zero committee identified the short staffing in the solos and then worked in the budget to -- and thank you to our budget chair to ameliorate that, it would be good to be able to track the number of solos and compare that to the issuance of citati citations, particularly those that we're seeking to get to 50% on. >> yes, sir. if i could add just one thing touching on what supervisor
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stephanie said, in the last couple of years our process of issuing citations has the changed. we went from the old tag book to the little cellphone. in addition to completing the e-citation and tohooking up to e printer, there is the requirement to upload the body cam video, to tag that, catalog it, and to complete a rather long document in terms of demographic information and what transpired during the stop. so it does -- the process has been elongated. and in addition to that over the last three years, there's been the rollout and training of folks throughout the police department at all the stations throughout the solos. so that has stretched things t out. >> good point. >> thank you, sir. >> things get simpler. they become more complicated. >> do you want to come up.
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so the question i have is in regards to the permitting process, do we require the companies to at least tell its users that it's illegal -- what's legal and what's not legal in terms of using scooters. >> jimmy parks livable streets director with sfmta. safety and operator accountability has been at the forefront of everything we've done in developing this program. so we'll highlight a few things we're doing on education, recognizing that we want to limit the burden on p.d. resources to the extent possible and put the burden of enforcement on operators themselves. on the education side we have requirements that the operators provide enough education that's
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mandatory to all first-time users that reoccurs occasionally when you use the app. so watching videos, getting information on not -- how to park correctly, not to ride on the sidewalk. also messages directly on the scooters themselfves about the core -- the core things we want them to do, which is please wear a helmet, it's illegal to park on the sidewalk, when you park don't block the sidewalk. those are the three core messages printed on all the scooters. on the enforcement side, we have required a detailed complaint database to be submitted to m.t.a. by the operators, not only the complaints but how they've resolved through them and checked them. each scooter has a unique identification number that needs to be of a certain size. also the operators can identify a particular user based on the time and location they get a complaint. they've all agreed to a
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three-tier system for user accountability. the first violation for sidewalk riding is a warning. the second violation is a $25 fine. and the third violation is account suspension. so we will be monitoring the complaint database to ensure they're doing that as well. finally on sidewalk blocking, we do require that all scooters lock to a bike rack. that has helped quite a bit to the roll out of blocking the sidewalks. so i'll -- that's a quick summary. i'm happy to give more details. >> i don't understand a lot of technology, but it seems that it's a possibility that the companies have a g.p.s. on their scooters or bikes. they could figure out whether somebody is actually riding on a sidewalk or not, can they do that? and if they can, why isn't -- why -- are we


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