Chinatown group delivers pedestrian safety petition
By Adam Martin, Bay City News Service
March 18, 2006
SAN FRANCISCO(BCN) - Activists with the Chinatown Community
Development Center delivered a petition to San Francisco Supervisor
Aaron Peskin Friday calling for traffic safety measures.
The group began circulating the petition after a cable car hit
and killed 76-year-old Chinatown resident Joyce Lam at the corner
of Mason and Filbert streets in January.
The Rev. Norman Fong, who heads the development center, said
his group presented Peskin with 3,000 signatures and that another
1,000 on petition sheets had not yet come into its office.
"We could probably go for more, but I don't think we need
to,'' Fong said.
Fong said the petition makes three major demands: It calls for
a traffic light to be installed at the intersection of Filbert
and Mason streets, orders a study to be done this year examining
pedestrian safety along the cable car lines and calls for a plan
to slow traffic down citywide.
"Enough is enough. I don't know what they're going to do,
but we need to do something to slow the traffic down,'' Fong said.
Of the 12 pedestrians and cyclists killed by vehicles in the
city this year, three were killed by San Francisco Municipal Railway
vehicles, including Lam.
Fong said Peskin had registered frustration that the city is
dedicating a great deal of resources to combat homicides, while
little seems to be done to lower the pedestrian mortality rate.
Peskin could not be reached for comment.
In an unrelated move Friday, San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom's
office contributed $10,000 to a $20,000 hit-and-run reward fund.
The family of Benjamin Weaver contributed the rest of the money
in the reward, which is being offered for information leading
to the arrest and prosecution of the driver of a van that hit
and killed Weaver at Bayshore Boulevard and Silver Avenue Feb.
The San Francisco Police Department describes the van as a panel
van, dark in color, with tinted windows. It sustained front end
and undercarriage damage in the crash.
Anyone with information in that case is urged to call Inspector
James Custer, with the department's hit-and-run division, at (415)
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