The Richmond Family Transportation Network was formed in November 2019 after the first Richmond District Kidical Mass (Mountain Lake Park to China Beach and back). Collectively, we began to discuss Richmond District transportation issues at SFMTA community meetings and realized we shared a common vision: urban street design must take into consideration the stringent needs of seniors, people with disabilities, families and children. We recognized we were emailing the same city officials about congruent Richmond District transportation issues, which encompass 70% of Golden Gate Park. We were spurred into action as we saw necessary safety projects get watered down due to complaints from one or two neighbors, who prioritized their convenience over the safety of others. Our discussions continued over email and social media as more families and friends joined the chorus for immediate street design changes.
Many District 1 aging in place seniors and families have relied on Muni and unsafe pedestrian infrastructure to access services, recreation, schools and business districts. In the Richmond District, there have been countless traffic injuries and deaths due to the over reliance on the automobile coupled with poor urban street design.
In 2019, San Francisco pedestrian and bicyclist deaths were at an all time high. It was imperative we organize to combine the strengths of neighborhood residents. Richmond Family Transportation Network's members are as diverse as the Richmond District itself. We represent local government, non-profit, business, healthcare, child development, senior care and tech sectors.