situational awareness is the art of knowing what is going on around you when walking or travelling, and is equally relevant in both urban and rural settings. too many people are not aware of their surroundings, its head down glued to their mobile phone-click,click,click. runners/joggers are just as bad, nearly all have headphones in their ears and they cannot hear vehicles or people coming up behind them. if you take note of what is happening around you, if something occurs or is about to occur( muggers, street robberies, pedestrian crossing, street light-edge of the curb!) you can take avoiding action, but only if you practice "situational awareness".