Community advocates applaud new SF crosswalk to help seniors and the disabled
SAN FRANCISCO — After decades of fighting for a pedestrian crossing path, kababayans in San Francisco’s South of Market neighborhood finally got what they wanted.
A new crosswalk has been installed to help the Filipino elderly and disabled, especially for those who use the Mabini Adult Day Health Center.
“The seniors are thrilled because now they can cross the street safer and feel more at easy crossing the street,” said John Tinloy.
The official opening of the crosswalk was on May 4th, and in keeping with the theme of Star Wars Day — San Francisco Supervisor Jane Kim and her staff celebrated in costume.
According to the office of supervisor Kim, the crosswalk cost about $400,000.
“It did take decades of advocacy, but we were fortunate to have funding through a SoMA stabilization fund which our developers pay into and it allowed us to build this signalized mid-block crossing, so our seniors can cross to the park and also our children can access our child care center across the street.”
Kim says the blocks in SoMA are not really safe for pedestrians.
“When this neighborhood was built out, it was meant for manufacturing and production and distribution hence all the multi-car lanes.”
This project followed last month’s installation of a new signalized crosswalk, which is part of the city’s vision zero goal of zero traffic fatalities by 2024.