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Staying safe on foot in San Francisco

San Francisco is a beautiful city to walk through.

With sunshine occasionally cutting through wind off the bay and so many things to see, taking in the city while on foot is a great way to spend an afternoon.

But the city also poses unique risks for pedestrians.

Winding hills, trolleys and constant traffic mean walking can be intimidating, and even potentially dangerous.

Here are a few things you can do when on foot to keep yourself and others safe:

Obey street signs

Traffic in the city is relentless, but obeying traffic signs is a must even on foot. Resist the temptation to forge your own path.

Signs are there to steer foot traffic to designated areas, and keep roads clear.

We've all had the urge to ignore the do-not-walk sign at an intersection when we're running late, but the risks outweigh the benefits.

Be attentive

Whether you are new to the city or know it well, paying attention to your surroundings is key while on foot. Watch for unexpected sidewalk closures or detours.

Keep your headphones off, or at least turn the music down, so you can hear any sirens or emergency response teams heading in your direction.

Don't walk and text! Your phone will distract you from any potential dangers on the roads or sidewalks. Keep your eyes open to all possible threats to your safety and keep your phone in your pocket.

Practice courtesy to drivers

San Francisco's buildings are amazing, with a clash of architectural styles and cultural impacts everywhere you look.

The temptation to stop and photograph these marvels can be overwhelming.

However, it's important you find safe, out-of-the-way areas to do any picture taking. Standing in an intersection will not get you a great shot, but a high chance getting hurt.

Stopping the flow of traffic to get a Snapchat picture isn't worth the risk. Have respect for the motorists who share the intersections and roads with you.

Keeping these tips in mind, as well as a little common sense, will go a long way. Keep yourself and others safe on and off the roads.

If you or anyone you know have been seriously injured while walking in San Francisco, consider talking to an experienced injury attorney to discuss your options.

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