Which Places Are Most Dangerous by Design?

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Posted: Monday, January 7, 2019 8:30 pm

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- On January 23, 2019, the National Complete Streets Coalition will release Dangerous by Design 2018, the most up-to-date look at how dangerous each state and the largest metro areas are for people walking.

If 6,000 people died in plane crashes every year in America, air travel would grind to a halt and the industry would be thrown into chaos. Flying might be a technological marvel, a feat of human ingenuity and engineering, but it wouldn’t be worth thousands of lives. A solution would be found.

Unfortunately, nearly 6,000 people were killed in 2017 doing something much more commonplace than flying: walking. In fact, even as traffic fatalities overall have been decreasing, pedestrian fatalities have been on the rise over the last decade. However, the danger of being hit and killed is not the same in every place, and that danger is increasing more in some communities than others.

Using the most recent federal data on pedestrian fatalities from the Fatality Analysis Reporting System, Dangerous by Design 2018 creates a "Pedestrian Danger Index" for each metro area and state. The PDI allows comparisons of the relative risk to pedestrians among jurisdictions with different levels or walking.

SOURCE: Smart Growth America

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