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The Worst 10 Cities for Walking

An advocacy group's Pedestrian Danger Index ranks cities and states. Wide streets and old people are a deadly mix.

By QuinStreet 2:30 PM

This post comes from Des Toups at partner site Insurance.com.

Pedestrians crossing your wide, sun baked streets are more likely to be struck and killed by a car than anywhere else in the country, according to the newly released 2014 edition of, "Dangerous by Design."

The advocacy group, Smart Growth America, calculated the Pedestrian Danger Index for 51 major metro areas and for each state. Places where many people walk have more fatalities, so the index adjusts the number killed by the percentage of residents who walk to work, according to Census data.

Florida is the riskiest state for pedestrians, and the four deadliest cities for pedestrians lie within its borders: Orlando, Tampa-St. Petersburg, Jacksonville and Miami.

Rounding out the worst 10 cities are Memphis; Birmingham, Alabama; Houston; Atlanta; Phoenix; and Charlotte, North Carolina. The 10 most dangerous states are:

Florida
Alabama
Louisiana
South Carolina
Georgia
Delaware
Mississippi
Arizona
North Carolina
Texas

For the complete rankings of cities and states, see "The deadliest places for pedestrians," (below).

About 4,700 pedestrians are killed each year in the U.S., according to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration data. While the total number of auto related fatalities has fallen by a third since 2003, Smart Growth America notes, the number of pedestrian fatalities has risen in the five most recent years for which data are available.

"We are allowing an epidemic of pedestrian fatalities, brought on by streets designed for speed and not safety, to take nearly 5,000 lives a year," says Roger Millar, director of the National Complete Streets Coalition at Smart Growth America.

Given Sun Belt states' rankings, it's not surprising that older Americans are the most vulnerable. Pedestrians age 65 and over make up 12.6 percent of the population and almost 21 percent of pedestrian fatalities. Children under 16 face the lowest risk, something Smart Growth America attributes at least in part to declining physical activity. Fatalities in that age group have fallen by 70 percent since 1984.

How to Make Streets Safer

The group backs a slate of funding and policy changes for federally funded roads that, at street level, result in the kinds of changes you might expect, such as lower speed limits and bike lanes, but also could include:

Extended curbs to shorten crossing distances
Pedestrian countdown signals
Refuge islands on wider streets
Midblock crossings
Improved lighting

Florida, for its part, has adopted a statewide bicyclist and pedestrian safety plan since the first Dangerous by Design report singled it out as the most hazardous state in America in 2011.

Orlando, for example, aggressively pursued drivers who fail to yield to pedestrians, issuing more than 4,600 tickets and warnings from June, 2012, to June, 2013. A conviction brings a $164 fine – and three points on the driver’s motor vehicle record, which could lead to an increase in car insurance rates as well. The city says the percentage of drivers who yield at crosswalks has risen from 12 percent to 48 percent.

An additional 67,000 pedestrians are injured in a typical year, NHTSA data show. Severe injury is very likely; 36 percent of pedestrians admitted to hospitals from 2008 to 2010 suffered a traumatic brain injury, says the New York State Department of Health. On average, their treatment cost $48,000.

A police officer directs a pedestrian in Charlotte, NC
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The Deadliest Places for Pedestrians

By Des Toups

May 27, 2014

Pedestrians in Crosswalk

The newest edition of, “Dangerous by Design,” puts a spotlight on cities where pedestrians face the most danger.

Smart Growth America calculates a Pedestrian Danger Index for major cities and for each state, plotting the death rate per 100,000 against the percentage of the population that walks to work, according to Census data.

Florida is the riskiest state for pedestrians, and Orlando is the riskiest city by a wide margin.

As a driver, your liability insurance policy will pay for the costs of treating anyone you injure; in most states, it’s not enough to cover a typical injury bill. Most experts recommend that anyone with assets or a home buy at least 100/300/50 coverage – that is, $100,000 worth of bodily injury liability, (up to $300,000 per accident), and $50,000 in property damage liability. In most states the legal requirements are much lower.

If, as a pedestrian, you are hit by a driver who has no insurance or not enough of it, your own uninsured or underinsured motorist coverage could cover your hospital bills.

The deadliest Cities for Pedestrians:

Rank

Metropolitan area

Deaths*

Danger Index

1

Orlando-Kissimmee, FL

583

244.3

2

Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL

874

190.1

3

Jacksonville, FL

359

182.7

4

Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach, FL

1,539

145.3

5

Memphis, TN-MS-AR

239

131.3

6

Birmingham-Hoover, AL

148

125.6

7

Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX

1,034

119.6

8

Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA

839

119.4

9

Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ

840

118.6

10

Charlotte-Gastonia-Concord,NC-SC

254

111.7

11

Detroit-Warren-Livonia, MI

713

111.6

12

Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX

900

107.5

13

Las Vegas-Paradise, NV

413

102.7

14

Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario,CA

889

102.2

15

Nashville-Davidson-Murfreesboro-Franklin, TN

210

100.8

16

Raleigh-Cary, NC

165

100.4

17

Louisville-Jefferson County, KY-IN

200

98.5

18

San Antonio, TX

373

96.9

19

Richmond, VA

167

95.0

20

Oklahoma City, OK

177

87.2

21

Kansas City, MO-KS

228

85.7

22

New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner, LA

272

84.9

23

Sacramento-Arden-Arcade-Roseville, CA

390

81.3

24

Austin-Round Rock, TX

251

78.6

25

Indianapolis-Carmel, IN

199

73.0

26

St. Louis, MO-IL

364

69.7

27

Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana, CA

2,435

66.9

28

Baltimore-Towson, MD

482

66.4

29

San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA

576

66.0

30

San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA

260

65.6

31

Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, CO

349

58.1

32

Columbus, OH

187

56.3

33

Salt Lake City, UT

132

55.3

34

Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD

959

44.3

35

Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV

843

44.1

36

Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC

186

43.6

37

Buffalo-Niagara Falls, NY

147

43.1

38

Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT

121

41.6

39

Providence-New Bedford-Fall River, MA

198

39.9

40

Cincinnati-Middletown, OH-KY-IN

187

39.5

41

Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI

183

38.8

42

Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor, OH

142

34.4

43

Rochester, NY

121

34.0

44

Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, IL-IN-WI

1,165

32.9

45

Portland-Vancouver-Beaverton, OR-WA

250

32.2

46

Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI

249

32.2

47

San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont, CA

633

31.4

48

New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island, NY-NJ-PA

3,384

28.4

49

Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA

375

26.8

50

Pittsburgh, PA

234

25.1

51

Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA-NH

476

18.7

*Total deaths from 2003 to 2012; Pedestrian Danger Index 2008-2012

Data were gathered for each state as well.

The deadliest states for pedestrians

Rank

State

Deaths*

Danger Index

1

Florida

5,189

168.6

2

Alabama

723

125.2

3

Louisiana

1,030

116.6

4

South Carolina

1,020

110.4

5

Georgia

1,564

104.0

6

Delaware

194

103.6

7

Mississippi

527

102.6

8

Arizona

1,434

101.2

9

North Carolina

1,683

99.8

10

Texas

4,192

97.5

11

Tennessee

799

88.6

12

New Mexico

504

88.5

13

Nevada

540

85.3

14

Arkansas

403

80.0

15

Maryland

1,067

78.6

16

Oklahoma

513

73.3

17

California

6,798

62.0

18

Missouri

762

59.6

19

Michigan

1,373

59.4

20

Kentucky

539

58.3

21

New Jersey

1,501

53.0

22

Virginia

841

43.6

23

Indiana

640

43.1

24

Ohio

1,012

39.0

25

Utah

279

37.8

26

West Virginia

219

37.1

27

Connecticut

351

35.0

28

Hawaii

262

35.0

29

Colorado

565

34.1

30

Oregon

497

33.0

31

Illinois

1,488

32.3

32

Rhode Island

121

31.1

33

Pennsylvania

1,555

30.0

34

North Dakota

68

28.9

35

Kansas

215

28.7

36

Washington

678

28.5

37

Wisconsin

522

27.1

38

Minnesota

395

24.8

39

New York

3,097

24.5

40

Montana

116

24.2

41

Wyoming

49

23.5

42

Idaho

119

22.3

43

Massachusetts

716

21.9

44

Maine

108

20.4

45

New Hampshire

100

19.0

46

Iowa

221

18.5

47

South Dakota

80

18.4

48

Nebraska

91

16.2

49

District of Columbia

133

14.5

50

Alaska

87

13.9

51

Vermont

45

13.0

*Total deaths from 2003 to 2012; Pedestrian Danger Index 2008-2012

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Re: The Worst 10 Cities for Walking

I'd be more worried about getting shot on the way back from the store tbh.

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Yes! Louisiana is still not as bad as Alabama!

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Ca$hville at number 15!


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Some of these are questionable.

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Some of these are questionable.
Atlanta is spot on, but Vegas is super questionable. There are so many pedestrians in Vegas that it would totally skew averages.

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I've walk all over the Tampa Bay area and I'm still alive.

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I've walk all over the Tampa Bay area and I'm still alive.
Then you must be doing it wrong.

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Atlanta is spot on, but Vegas is super questionable. There are so many pedestrians in Vegas that it would totally skew averages.
Actually, Vegas is pretty grimey and dangerous. The streets are littered with broken beer bottles and trash. The strip is about the only place its okay for you to be walking around at night.

I dont see why Raleigh is on the list though. I live in Chapel Hill, NC (20 minutes from Raleigh). I go to Raleigh all the time. There are three gay bars within walking distance of each other there. Its a very walkable city. I walk down the street at all hours of the night with my friends (many of which are typically in drag), and I have never felt unsafe. Actually, its a very friendly city. Just last night three random guys with beards came walking up behind us, joking with us, and then we all toddled off in our own direction. Raleigh is very safe.

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