Marina Times – Pandemic Decongestion

If you felt like you could get around the city a little easier last year than in previous years, here’s some data to back it up. The speed of automobiles on city streets has increased an average of 33 to 36 percent, reversing a declining trend in speed over the past decade, according to a report released in December by the San Francisco County Transportation Authority.

In other findings, public transport speeds have also increased, up from the last surveillance cycle in 2019 between 15-24%. The increase in speeds has been attributed to a combination of new transit measures in the city and the reduction in overall traffic due to the pandemic, which has seen business closures and thousands of locals working from home. . The impact was even more visible in the number of transit riders, which plunged 90%.

The decrease in the number of people on the streets, regardless of the mode of transportation, has also led to a decrease in injuries and deaths among pedestrians and cyclists. Citing 2020, the most recent year for which data is available, the SFCTA reported that “pedestrian and bicycle injury collisions fell 33% and fatalities fell 20%. However, non-motorized travel has declined even more significantly, with the number of pedestrians falling by about 70% and the volume of bicycles dropping by up to 50%. This troubling trend suggests that the rate of pedestrian-bicycle collisions may have increased during the pandemic, potentially due to the faster speeds of vehicles. “

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