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Dangerous by Design: The Most Unfriendly Pedestrian Places

Designs that ignore pedestrian safety are taking their toll on American cities as well as their pedestrians. Between 2000-2009, the number of pedestrian deaths in the U.S. was over 47,700, with an additional 688,000 injured. This means a pedestrian was hit by a car or truck every seven minutes.

Despite this statistic, very little attention and even fewer resources are targeted to alleviate the problem and focus on safe alternatives. Although the “accidents” are deemed as such, most of them have taken place along arterial roads that are dangerous by design. These streets are designed for speeding traffic and have little or no accommodations for people walking, using wheelchairs or riding bikes.

When roads are designed only for traffic, it creates a problem for those who are looking to use alternative methods of transportation. Another consideration is the “movement” movement, which aims to improve personal health by encouraging people to travel by foot or bicycle. As our country moves forward, advocates for pedestrian safety and alternative transportation are saying that pedestrian safety must be worked into transportation designs and funding must be provided for safer pathways.  Learn more

The national report is available here.

The 10 most dangerous metro areas:

  • Orlando-Kissimmee, FL
  • Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL
  • Jacksonville, FL
  • Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach, FL
  • Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA
  • Las Vegas-Paradise, NV
  • Memphis, TN-MS-AR
  • Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ
  • Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX
  • Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX

SOURCE: Transportation for America