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San Jose Guerrero Coalition to Save Our Streets

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Guerrero Residents, Supervisors
Taking It to the Street to
Protest Dangerous Thoroughfare

July 9, 2004 CONTACT: Gillian Gillett phone: (415) 285-8188 fax: (415) 647-3052
contact@sanjoseguerrero.com  http://www.sanjoseguerrero.com

San Francisco - Residents of San Jose Avenue and Guerrero Street will try to cross the intersection of Cesar Chavez Street and Guerrero Street en masse on July 19th, 2004, at 10 am, along with Supervisors Bevan Dufty and Tom Ammiano, to expose the dangers of this perilous traffic corridor to parents with young children, seniors, the disabled and all pedestrians.

With five schools, a daycare center and St. Luke's Hospital along this residential corridor, there are many pedestrians. But they are competing with motorists clocked at speeds of up to 60 mph. According to traffic collision data supplied by the San Francisco Police Department, Traffic Company, between 1999 and 2003 there were 105 collisions, resulting in 103 injuries, 11 of them to pedestrians and bicyclists, on San Jose Avenue from Randall Street to Guerrero Street at Cesar Chavez Street.

According to Dr. Laura Norrell of St. Luke's Hospital, St. Luke's patients and staff often find it nearly impossible to make it across Guerrero/San Jose. "Drivers don't even slow down for elderly pedestrians and parents with children trying to cross the street or stuck on the median. I don't want to wait until a pedestrian is killed before we fix this street."

"I'm not safe crossing the street myself", says JoAnna Schull, resident and mother of two children, 4 and 6. "I will not walk my children across this street. The cars go too fast to stop in time, even if they do see us in the crosswalk."

Supervisors Bevan Dufty and Tom Ammiano will be present at the July demonstration. They are cosponsoring "pedestrian safety" legislation.

Dufty and Ammiano's plan would reduce the number of lanes between Cesar Chavez and Randall. Lane reduction would make way for a wider pedestrian median and a bicycle lane in both directions. The supervisors have also called for removal of right turn on red privileges at Randall and Cesar Chavez Streets to further aid pedestrians. Their pedestrian safety legislation will be heard July 22 before the Supervisors' City Services Committee.

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