We know of two serious collisions involving people biking today in San Francisco. One person biking did not survive that collision. The San Francisco Bicycle Coalition expresses our deep condolences to the family of the person who died on Market Street today, identified by KQED as Berkeley resident Mark Heryer. We hope the person injured in a separate collision while biking recovers quickly and thoroughly.
We cannot achieve Vision Zero — our City’s goal to eliminate traffic deaths and severe injuries by 2024 — without the three E’s: engineering, education and smart enforcement. Today’s tragedies demonstrate yet again that our City’s elected leaders and agencies owe it to the growing number of people here who bike, and to the families of those who can no longer join them, to redouble their efforts and investments to deliver engineering solutions without delay, expand safety education, and ensure that the SFPD’s priorities honor yesterday’s tragedies and data through smart enforcement tomorrow.
The San Francisco Bicycle Coalition calls on the SFPD to conduct a full and thorough investigation, and identify the primary contributing factors in both collisions. As a city, San Franciscans and our civic leaders must act immediately to prevent future deaths and severe injuries of people walking, biking and driving.
The image above is from the 500 block of Market Street, via Google Maps.