The San Francisco Department of Public Health told supervisors Monday that 50 percent of pedestrian injuries are concentrated in 8 percent of the city. The department’s fact sheet on traffic safety states that two intersections in the Mission rank among the top five most dangerous cross streets in San Francisco.
The meeting was held by City Operations & Neighborhood Services Committee to introduce the Pedestrian Safety Advisory Committee’s 2010 report on pedestrian injuries and fatalities based on data collected by the San Francisco Department of Public Health.
The report concluded that current attempts to protect pedestrians are insufficient because data too often falls through the cracks and funds are constrained and inconsistent.
“Grant-funded programs can’t plan for anything long-term because we don’t know if the money is going to be there,” committee chair Paul Supawanich said after the meeting. “Grant money comes in two- to three- year cycles.”
From 2005 to 2009, between 22 and 29 injuries occurred at 16th and Mission streets, and between 11 and 18 injuries at 18th and Mission streets, according to the Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS).
SWITRS reported eight pedestrian fatalities between 2004 and 2008 in the Mission — the third-highest in the city.
The high concentration of pedestrian injuries are due to the neighborhood’s demographics, said Megan Wier, an epidemiologist with the Department of Public Health.
“The following factors help explain the differences in the number of pedestrian injuries we see across census tracts: higher traffic volumes, more arterial streets, higher numbers of residents and employees, greater proportions of people living in poverty, and more land uses (neighborhood commercial districts) that attract pedestrians,” Wier said in an email.
With the report, the committee hopes to establish short-term goals to protect the most vulnerable pedestrians — children and the elderly — by reducing speed limits around senior centers and schools, and to develop a plan to cut pedestrian injuries by 50 percent by 2021.
Also at Monday’s meeting, committee members — supervisors John Avalos, Eric Mar and Sean Elsbernd — reviewed a liquor license application for the Southern Pacific Brewing Company, due to open on Treat Avenue late this spring.
The brewpub, owned by Anthony LaVia, the builder of Gestalt Haus on 16th Street, and Chris Lawrence, a former sales manager at Speakeasy, has been in the works for a year and a half, and the license is the last step in the process.
San Francisco Police Department Inspector Dave Falzon recommended the application for approval under the conditions that the brewery dedicate 75 percent of its premises to food service and close early Sunday through Wednesday. The patio, he said, should shut down even earlier.
With 3,800 active licenses in San Francisco, Falzon said it was difficult to give all businesses the hours they want.
The brewpub will be located in a warehouse at 620 Treat Avenue, nestled between 19th and 20th streets a half-block east of Folsom Street, and surrounded by commercial spaces.
If Southern Pacific were to become too raucous, Falzon warned, it would be subject to inspection.
“A lot of places present themselves as a restaurant but morph into a bar or nightclub,” he said. “We should try to keep the true nature of the business. We can use this tool to get the attention of the license and get the business back on track.”
Falzon recommended permitting a dual license, which would allow LaVia and Lawrence to produce beer to sell on site as well as to local retailers and restaurants. If granted, the brewery would become the first in San Francisco to have a dual license.
“We wanted to let them have that stream of sales,” Falzon said.
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