How to be a safe pedestrian in San Francisco

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Real Estate Agent with Pacific Union International CA DRE# 01215160

Living in San Francisco is often exciting and delightful, especially for those who move here from the suburbs. If you live in one of the northeast neighborhoods of The City - think North Beach, Telegraph Hill, Russian Hill, Nob Hill, Pacific Heights, Cow Hollow, the Marina - one can often opt for a car-less lifestyle. Public transportation on major arterial streets is reliable, ZipCar, Citishare, Uber and Lyft offer ride services when needed.

Dusk on city street - photo by GraceA big part of the car-less lifestyle is we walk more, which for most of us is a healthy, natural choice - we walk to our favorite mom-and-pop stores, walk to Whole Foods, Trader Joe's, Safeway. Walk to the health club, the post office, the office supply store.

However, that walkable life comes not without risk.

You need to be visible to drivers!

That is especially important in the evening and night hours, and on days like today when the rain is pelting down and the winds are blowing furiously! 

I've written about this before, and I'm writing about it again because we want to enjoy life here in a safe manner. We can't control other people and whether or not they follow safe practices, but we can control our choices.      (photo credit: Grace)

My own personal campaign: wear light colored clothing when out walking in the evening! It's amazing how much more visible you will be to vehicle traffic than if you wear a navy or black jacket.

Stay safe, have fun, and say hello if you see me out walking....I'm the one in the light colored coat!

pedestrian in San Francisco - be visible!

 

 

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Lottie Kendall, Realtor®

Pacific Union International

CA DRE#10215160; 650-465-4547

Lottie@LottieKendall.com

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Myrl Jeffcoat
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With all the rain we are getting in Northern California currently, understanding how to be a safe pedestrian is even more important!

Jan 10, 2017 05:51 PM #1
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Sheila Newton Team Anderson & Greenville SC
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that would be impossible here.. ( not having a car)... we are so rural that you just can't walk everywhere.. our closest store to my home is a little over 3 miles.. not that far, but to walk and carry groceries, ummm, no thanks.. LOL.. also drivers here don't watch for walkers as well since we have so few.. 

Jan 10, 2017 05:56 PM #2
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Bob "RealMan" Timm
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The whole time I read this the song "Walking In LA" by Missing Persons was going through my head.

Jan 10, 2017 06:56 PM #3
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Joe Pryor
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I can attest that the areas around China Town can get a little crazy, and some of the running across Market St is insane. It is a great walkable city but one that needs you to be in great shape. 

Jan 10, 2017 07:01 PM #4
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William Feela
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Great avice not only for here but for any town you go to

Jan 10, 2017 07:21 PM #5
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Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
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Light colored jackets and coats would be a must if you were walking in the evenings in high traffic areas, like San Francisco.

Jan 10, 2017 07:48 PM #6
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Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
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Hi Lottie

You can't say it often enough! Being a pedestrian can be a real treat, especially in a city like San Francisco, but you have to be on the watch every step of the way since some drivers aren't especially those who are in a hurry, are sightseeing, or are lost!

Jeff

Jan 10, 2017 08:13 PM #7
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Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®,CRS,
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I see so many close calls for people wearing earbuds and not paying attention to their surroundings Lottie Kendall 

Jan 10, 2017 08:44 PM #8
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Nathan Gesner
American West Realty & Management - Cody, WY
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I haven't been to San Fran since I was a kid. There are a lot of things us visitors don't know to watch out for.

Jan 10, 2017 08:52 PM #9
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Lottie Kendall
Pacific Union International - San Francisco, CA
Serving San Francisco and the Silicon Valley

Hi Myrl Jeffcoat  - tonight, when I walked to Trader Joe's and my favorite little corner store, I wore my light-colored coat. It felt great to be out and not get wet!

I get it, Sheila Newton Team -- Anderson & Greenville SC Real Estate - I made it home safely tonight. Trader Joe's is 6 blocks away; Whole Foods only 5; my favorite corner grocer 3 blocks; CVS (for milk or other goodies in a pinch) 1/2 block! 

 

Jan 10, 2017 09:08 PM #10
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Lottie Kendall
Pacific Union International - San Francisco, CA
Serving San Francisco and the Silicon Valley

OK Bob "RealMan" Timm - now I have to head over to YouTube to find that track you talked about. LOL!

Hi Joe Pryor - Chinatown is super congested!! These hills keep me young (or so I fervently hope!)

Hi William Feela and Chris Ann Cleland - walking here is great, but caution is needed. We learn to look over our shoulders when walking across streets, and I maintain light colored jackets is a safety feature that easy to incorporate into our daily lives.

Jan 10, 2017 09:12 PM #11
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Lottie Kendall
Pacific Union International - San Francisco, CA
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Yes, Jeff Dowler - vigilence at all times, both as a driver and a pedestrian. It's tough when our areas are so congested.

Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, Broker, Tacoma Washington - I've almost been plowed into by pedestrians texting, etc. My solution: stop and wait. So far no one has walked into me, and they've been quite apologetic for being so unaware.

 

Jan 10, 2017 09:14 PM #12
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Lottie Kendall
Pacific Union International - San Francisco, CA
Serving San Francisco and the Silicon Valley

Hi Nathan Gesner - you'll have to come back to SF for a return visit. Fun city, with tons of things to do and explore, and wonderful nature in our own back yards. Just wear a light coat at night and look over your shoulder for cars making right-hand turns!! 

Jan 10, 2017 09:15 PM #13
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Grant Schneider
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Hi Lottie - you live in a very walkable area.  Not many of them around.

Jan 10, 2017 09:34 PM #14
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Lottie Kendall
Pacific Union International - San Francisco, CA
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You're right about the walkability, Grant Schneider - that's one of the reasons we chose to live here.

Jan 11, 2017 05:45 AM #15
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Sheila Anderson
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Good morning Lottie. You're right about clothing and color. In my small town, pedestrians have the right of way but not everyone stops aotomatically so being aware is important too.

Jan 11, 2017 07:28 AM #16
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Patricia Feager
DFW FINE PROPERTIES - Southlake, TX
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Good Morning, Lottie Kendall 

This is a topic I have not read about before on Social Media or in the news. Because you're a walker, you're a great observer. Walking, wearing light clothes so drivers can see you, and staying vigilant is crucial to living well in the beautiful San Francisco area! 

I hope you get featured!

Jan 13, 2017 04:17 AM #17
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Lottie Kendall
Pacific Union International - San Francisco, CA
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Good morning, Sheila Anderson - even though pedestrians have the right of way here, too, one needs to be vigilant and pro-active in remaining safe.

Hi Patricia Feager - police are cracking down on reckless behavior from pedestrians and bicyclists - jaywalking, ignoring red lights, and my personal hot button: ignoring emergency vehicle sirens.

Jan 13, 2017 07:44 AM #18
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Patricia Feager
DFW FINE PROPERTIES - Southlake, TX
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Lottie Kendall - That's different! Here in Flower Mound, nearly every has to drive and there aren't even sidewalks in most parts of the city. Unfortunately, drivers are not all believers in common courtesy. As a native from Chicago, I walked or took public transportation all the time; but that was a long time ago.  

The type of reckless behavior the police and emergency people are experiencing that you described is something I have never seen or heard of before. It's a shame that courtesy need not apply to many. Where did America go wrong? Okay, let's not discuss that at all!  

I like your thought process - right away, doesn't mean, I get my way and the heck with you!

Jan 13, 2017 08:49 AM #19
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