Chinatown Pedestrian Safety Plan

Pedestrian safety is a major concern in San Francisco’s Chinatown, the densest residential neighborhood west of Manhattan, where most residents depend on public transportation and walking. Elderly and low- income residents and visitors face high rates of pedestrian-vehicle collisions, congestion, and air and noise pollution due to car-oriented street designs. The Chinatown Pedestrian Plan is a neighborhood level effort that examines obstacles to pedestrian safety and proposes design recommendations.

As a Senior Planner for the Chinatown Community Development Center (CCDC), I applied for a San Francisco Department of Public Health grant that enabled the planning team to create a Pedestrian Safety Needs Assessment and Plan for Chinatown to assess pedestrian conditions and offer design solutions that will ideally complement both enforcement and public education efforts. I was responsible for managing the project from conception to completion. I hired and manage staff to deliver a comprehensive collection of data that continues to serve as a guiding blueprint for capital improvements in the neighborhood nearly five years later. As a result of this work, several planning processes have been funded and are underway for the priority corridors. I also worked with exceptional staff who have gone on to exceptional work in communities as diverse as Honolulu, San Jose, and Los Angeles.

For more information, please see press coverage in SF Streetsblog.