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:
- pay 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.