San Francisco has many cars and pedestrians. There are many pedestrian/vehicle accidents in San Francisco. Sometimes it's the driver's fault and sometimes it's the pedestrian's fault.
People studied the accidents in San Francisco and found out that in more than half of them, it was the driver's fault. Some drivers didn't pay attention to the pedestrian right of way. Some drivers drove too fast. Some drivers drove through a red light. About 41 percent of the accidents were the pedestrian's fault. The two most common reasons were crossing the street in the middle of the block and walking against a signal.
Here are some pictures showing where accidents can happen:
The city wants to decrease the number of pedestrian/vehicle accidents. One way is to change the streets. Another way is to tell people how to avoid accidents.
Here are some things the city can do to make things safer:
Here are some things pedestrians can do to be safe:
Here are some myths and facts about pedestrian safety:
|A green light means it is safe to cross.||A green light means you should look for traffic and only cross if it's safe. Be sure to keep looking for cars coming or turning while you are crossing.|
|You are safe in a crosswalk.||Sometimes drivers make mistakes. Always make sure it is safe to cross, even at a crosswalk.||If you see the driver, the driver sees you.||The driver may not see you. Make sure the driver sees you and stops before you cross in front of the car. Try to make eye contact with the driver.|
|The driver will always stop if you are in a crosswalk or at a green light.||The driver may not see you. The driver's view may be blocked. The driver may go through a red light. The driver may turn and not look for pedestrians.||White clothes at night make it easy for drivers to see you.||White clothes can be hard to see too. Carry a flashlight. Wear retroreflective clothing. Walk facing traffic .|
Here are some more things to remember:
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Thanks to Ildar Hafizov, of the International Institute of San Francisco, for permission to use the information and pictures from the Pedestrian Safety Handbook, including the myths and facts and things to remember.
Further information from an article in Asian Week.
Additional information from an article from the Traffic Safety Center Newsletter.