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The Most Dangerous Cities for Walking

Researchers at the Surface Transportation Policy Partnership in the 1990s developed the Pedestrian Danger Index (PDI) in order to establish a level playing field for comparing metropolitan areas based on the danger to pedestrians. The PDI corrects for the fact that the cities where more people walk on a daily basis are likely to have a greater number of pedestrian fatalities, by computing the rate of pedestrian deaths relative to the amount of walking residents do on average. The PDI shows that the most dangerous places to walk are those that fail to make smart infrastructure investments that make roads safer for everyone.

The most dangerous metropolitan areas in the U.S. for walking in 2007-2008 were: Orlando, Tampa, Miami, Jacksonville, Memphis, Raleigh, Louisville, Houston, Birmingham and Atlanta. Orlando tops the list because of its high pedestrian fatality rate of 2.9 pedestrian deaths per 100,000 residents, despite a very low proportion of residents walking to work, only 1.3 percent. In other words, the few people who do walk in Orlando face a relatively high risk of being killed by traffic.

Full Article: Transportation For America » Dangerous By Design.

Rank Metropolitan Area 2007-08 Pedestrian

Danger Index

1 Orlando-Kissimmee, FL 221.5

2 Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL 205.5

3 Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach, FL 181.2

4 Jacksonville, FL 157.4

5 Memphis, TN-MS-AR 137.7

6 Raleigh-Cary, NC 128.6

7 Louisville/Jefferson County, KY-IN 114.8

8 Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 112.4

8 Birmingham-Hoover, AL 110.0

10 Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 108.3