Data reveals, between 2008 and 2017 the number of annual pedestrian deaths in the U.S. increased by 35 percent. While walking has increased slightly during that time and driving has only increased eight percent. A total of 49,340 died over the ten-year period, more than 13 people killed a day.
The most dangerous cities to walk in the U.S. are ranked below
- Daytona Beach-Deltona-Ormond Beach
- Melbourne-Palm Bay-Titusville
- Bakersfield, CA
- Cape Coral-Ft. Myers
- Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater
14.Miami-Ft. Lauderdale-West Palm Beach
The report exposes dangerous road design is to blame for deaths. Modern streets are wide with higher speed limits and longer blocks. The coalition is calling on congress to make changes such as, lowering speeds limits in areas with heavy foot traffic. They would also like to see more crosswalks with plenty of time to cross the street.
“Our federal policies, standards and funding mechanisms that have been in place for decades produce dangerous roads that prioritize high speeds for cars over safety for all people. These federal policies have continued to influence state and local policies as street design practices,” the report states.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reminds pedestrians, when crossing the street- always obey signs and signals, keep alert at all times and do not assume a driver sees you.
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