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The Perils of Walking in San Francisco

Friday, July 15, 2011 - 02:16 PM

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(San Francisco – KALW) At least 800 people are hit by cars every year in San Francisco. Pedestrian-car collisions account for almost a quarter of the city's trauma patients.

Why are the city streets so dangerous? KALW News reports on the perils of walking in SF.

The report describes dangerous unmarked, but legal and official, intersections, sans paint and lines. One pedestrian even describes the "dip and dart" where you start at one edge of an alley, where it intersects the main road, and walk into oncoming traffic to get to the other side. And that's the legal crosswalk.

"We have streets that are designed for the rapid movement of cars instead of for people to be able to get around safely on foot," says Elizabeth Stampe of WalkSF.

Listen to the full story at KALW News.

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