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Release date: March 30, 2012

*** Press Release ***

The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) today joined the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition (SFBC) regarding yesterday’s accident at Market and Castro streets in which a pedestrian was struck by a bicyclist and to issue the following statements on safety:

“The SFMTA is deeply concerned about yesterday’s collision, which is still under investigation. First and foremost, we hope for speedy and complete recovery of those injured. This incident is a sobering reminder that we all need to share the road and obey traffic laws. Whether we’re traveling on foot, on a bike, or in a car, it’s imperative that we all pay attention, be courteous, and follow the rules of the road. With more traffic congestion on city streets and more people turning to bicycling for transportation, it is important that all road users contribute to safer streets,” said Edward D. Reiskin, SFMTA Director of Transportation.

"Today’s collision is one of far too many instances in which people are injured on our city streets. We urge all road users to remember that pedestrian safety is paramount, no matter whether you are driving or biking. We are proud to be working with the SFMTA and the San Francisco Police Department to improve education about the rules of the road, and enforcement of the most dangerous behaviors at the most dangerous locations," said Leah Shahum, executive director of the 12,000-member San Francisco Bicycle Coalition.

The SFMTA and SFBC work together with the SFPD to improve education and enforcement on San Francisco’s streets with the goal of preventing such incidents. This partnership includes Bicycle Safety and Education Week, hosted by SFBC, where San Franciscans can learn the rules of the road for bicycling. Attached is a new Bicycle Rules of the Road tip sheet.

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