EAG's Safety Program
EAG is working hard to improve safety along the commercial corridor of the Excelsior neighborhood. We have held regular Safety Committee meetings and spearheaded safety projects since 2012. Our goal is to ensure that those who live, work, shop, dine, travel, and socialize on the corridor feel secure. A safer corridor supports more outdoor activity, a healthy economy, and a sense of community. We focus on business and personal safety, pedestrian and bicycling improvements, better sidewalk and street lighting, quality of life issues, and providing resources to the community.
EAG needs your help to ensure that our neighborhood is safe and welcoming. We cannot accomplish this alone—your participation will make a difference! Come to our next Safety Committee meeting, check out our Resource Page, or send Stanley an email to find out how to get involved: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hot Spot Project
In 2013, EAG began conducting neighborhood surveys, asking merchants and residents about what safety and quality of life concerns they are facing, and the location of "hot spots" along the corridor where these problems most often occur. The resulting data was mapped, pinpointing the most troubled areas. This informs our Hot Spot Walks and Safety Town Halls with residents and community stakeholders; and officials from Ingleside Police Department, Department of Public Works, Municipal Transportation Agency, District 11 Supervisor John Avalos, and others. Our Hot Spot Walks have resulted in greater city resources being focused on these areas, including improved street maintenance, enforcement of violations, and arrests.
Pedestrian and bicyclist injuries and fatalities increase dramatically in low-light conditions. To improve the safety of those walking and biking after dark, EAG organizes events throughout the year to distribute free reflectors and bike lights to improve visibility to car drivers.
Lights Out Walks
Increased lighting can make a significant dent in crime, but the city needs the public's help to spot and report broken street lights, which are unfortunately common. EAG organizes regular Lights Out Walks by meeting at our office just after dark and breaking into small teams to canvass the neighborhood and report street light outages to 3-1-1 for repair. To make it more fun, we sometimes head out after the event to grab food or drinks on the corridor and get to know each other. After all, knowing your neighbors is one of the best ways to improve community safety!
EAG regularly partners with the Department of Public Works and the Giant Sweep program to organize quarterly community cleanups with volunteers from local schools and neighborhood groups, as well as residents and merchants. During these events, we sweep up trash and paint over graffiti. Cleaner streets create a sense of investment in place that can reduce the occurrence of future vandalism and littering.
The Shine a Bright Light on Excelsior (SBLE) program was a grassroots safety initiative of EAG, sponsored by PG&E. The program goals were to promote safety directly on the Excelsior commercial corridor, educate merchants about crime prevention through environmental design concepts, increase the perception of safety, and enhance the environmental sustainability of businesses on the corridor through the provision of energy efficient lighting. The program involved the distribution of energy efficient light bulbs and educational posters for display in every small business on the Excelsior’s Commercial Corridor.