Living the San Francisco Dream


It happened again yesterday.....twice

If you have read many of my posts, you know how much I enjoy living and walking in San Francisco. The urban lifestyle, complete with doing my errand running and most of my shopping on foot is delightful.

However, it happened again yesterday....twice in fact, within a matter of blocks from my home, and my heart is saddened.

Two accidents between moving vehicles and pedestrians, one fatal. At approximate 10:45 yesterday morning, a bright sunny day, a paratransit vehicle struck and killed a woman who had just exited the bus. She was crossing with street in front of the bus, with her walker, at the corner of Franklin and Geary, where she was struck.

That afternoon a  driver struck a pedestrian at the corner of Hyde and Turk. Fortunately, this time the pedestrian suffered only minor injuries.

In California pedestrians have the right of way. However, pedestrians will always lose the battle with a vehicle.

Some points for pedestrians to take to heart:

  • street scenepay attention --- put away the phone; take the ear phones out of your ear. Use eyes and ears to help you stay safe
  • look -- before stepping off the curb, in addition to looking right and left, look over your left shoulder to make sure a vehicle isn't turning right--make eye contact to make certain they see you.
  • be visible -- especially important in the evening, at night, or on a foggy/rainy day -- wear white or light colors
  • be predictable -- don't stand absentmindedly at the street corner, then suddenly dart or change your pace; let your intent be known to drivers

At the end of the day, you want to return to your home safely and happily. It's worth the extra vigilance.

Having the right of way doesn't help a pedestrian when an accident occurs.

--- Come for a visit; Stay for a lifetime!

Lottie Kendall, Realtor®


CA DRE#10215160; 650-465-4547

Peninsula Living Business Page



Comment balloon 16 commentsLottie Kendall • June 10 2016 02:08PM


Lottie I walk 4 - 5 miles each day and much of my route does not have sidewalks.  Even though the drivers in my area are very courteous and always move away from me, my head is always up and I am always ready to get out of the way quickly should a driver not be paying attention.

Posted by George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert (George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages) over 4 years ago


It's always so sad to hear about accidents that could easily have been prevented if drivers and pedestrians are careful about what they are doing and obey the laws. Unfortunately in the case of a car and pedestrian, or a cyclist, the car is going to win. Lots of drivers these days seems to be distracted, aren't paying attention, or simply are in a big hurry to get where they want to be no matter. Some of the driver's actions we see, in the city and in more suburban areas, is pretty shocking.


Posted by Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude (eXp Realty of California, Inc.) over 4 years ago

Lottie-Anytime a life ends unexpectedly it is sad. My heart goes out to the families

Posted by Sharon Lee, Retired and loving life (Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance) over 4 years ago

I am sorry about the accidents. Thanks for sharing some great tips for pedestrians.

Posted by Gita Bantwal, REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel (RE/MAX Centre Realtors) over 4 years ago

Good morning Lottie. We become careless and don't pay attention, when that happens it can cost you dearly.

Posted by Joe Petrowsky, Your Mortgage Consultant for Life (Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709) over 4 years ago

Good morning Lottie. This is so scary and so sad. It happens here too where pedestrians always have the right of way. No more words.

Posted by Sheila Anderson, The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133 (Referral Group Incorporated) over 4 years ago

Tech devices are a modern miracle when used properly.  But, many folks zombie out while on them.  I came close to hitting one of those zombies, who crossed immediately in front of me in a parking lot.  She was looking at her screen and talking at the same time!

Posted by Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent (GreatWest Realty) over 4 years ago

Good morning, George Souto - avoiding accidents takes vigilence on the part of drivers and pedestrians alike - bicyclists too.

Hi Jeff Dowler CRS - cars always win and extra awareness is needed on the part of everyone.

Agreed, Sharon Lee  - these accidents are very troubling and sad.


Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) over 4 years ago

Hello Joe Petrowsky - we can't afford carelessnesswhen driving or when walking. I learned the importance of wearing light colored clothing years ago when I was driving in the rain, in the suburbs, and came close to pedestrians crossing the street - I didn't see them in their dark coats until I was close. Very scary.

Yes, Sheila Anderson - vigilence is needed on everyone's part.

Hi Myrl Jeffcoat - I've had similar experiences with pedestrians looking at their phones. Often with other pedestrians. 


Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) over 4 years ago

So tragic.  It's so easy to pay attention to where you are walking and be extra careful around blind hills and turns.

Posted by Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Bristow, VA (Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA) over 4 years ago

It's tough driving and walking in a densely populated area, but it behooves essential awareness and being visible is, Chris Ann Cleland 

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) over 4 years ago

Lottie Kendall - I feel your sadness. Your objective is to walk and clear your head, feel good about yourself, and now the route you take is changing rapidly. I'm seeing changes here too. I'm of the opinion, America is becoming grossly overpopulated and nobody seems to notice or care. But the impact of this situation is causing life and death decisions and it's effects are grave. 

Posted by Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP, Selling Homes Changing Lives (DFW FINE PROPERTIES) over 4 years ago

San Francisco is a densely populated city, Patricia Feager and everyone needs to be alert while driving, cycling, or walking. Wearing white or light-colored clothing seems like one simple way to be more visible.

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) over 4 years ago

And for goodness sake use those pedestrian crossing lights!

Posted by Sussie Sutton, David Tracy Real Estate for Buyers & Sellers (David Tracy Real Estate) over 4 years ago

With the completely obsessive need to be tied to the cell phone it is only going to get worse. Especially in L.A. drivers need to practice defensive driving. The number of times pedestrians have stepped off the sidewalk looking at their phones in front of me, completely oblivious, is getting ridiculous. 

Posted by Jane Peters, Los Angeles real estate concierge services (Home Jane Realty) over 4 years ago

That's a must for safety, Sussie Sutton - too often ignored

You're so right, Jane Peters - driving in the city is tough, and pedestrians owe it to themselves as well as others to pay attention, be seen, and look & listen.

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) over 4 years ago