California Editorial: We must prioritize pedestrian safety in Oakland and other Bay Area cities for the good of us all (SB127) (War on Cars Watch)

I have found in my research that walkable neighborhoods and good public transportation help elders thrive. With so many challenges facing Oakland’s seniors, many of whom are poor and/or racial and ethnic minorities, I hope the city makes pedestrian safety a priority.

State Sen. Scott Wiener, a San Francisco Democrat, has proposed legislation to ensure safety improvements for pedestrians and cyclists that would go a long way toward advancing that goal. Senate Bill 127 requires Caltrans to include features such as sidewalks, bike lanes and crosswalks as part of road maintenance and improvement projects on state-owned highways, such as Van Ness Avenue in San Francisco and MacArthur Boulevard in Oakland.