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.