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San Francisco set out to eliminate traffic deaths by 2024. Why has it failed?

Twenty-five people were killed in San Francisco in traffic collisions in 2023 through Dec. 19, according to city data. That’s six fewer than the 2014 year-end total, before a decade of Vision Zero work aiming to push that figure down. But in 2022, 39 people were killed on the city’s streets, dwarfing the alarming 2013 total that ushered in the Vision Zero era.

“We have objectively failed,” sustainable transportation advocate Luke Bornheimer said, pointing to the death data.