Pedestrians killed by cars in San Diego surge in 2018 (Vision Zero Watch)

The number of pedestrians killed by cars spiked last year in the city of San Diego.

Thirty four people died in 2018 after being hit by a vehicle, up from 17 victims the previous year, according to statistics provided by the San Diego Police Department.

The bloodshed comes despite efforts by Mayor Kevin Faulconer to improve safety at a number of dangerous intersections as part of the city’s Vision Zero program to eliminate all traffic-related fatalities and severe injuries by 2025. Vision Zero has collected the accident data from San Diego police only for the past three years.

“It’s very alarming to see that pedestrian fatalities have actually doubled,” said Maya Rosas, policy director for the transportation nonprofit Circulate San Diego, which has pushed the city to invest in pedestrian safety. “Clearly the city is trending in the wrong direction when it comes to achieving its Vision Zero goals.