The danger on our streets

Dangerous by Design 2024 finds that 7,522 people were struck and killed while walking in 2022, an average of more than 20 per day. We found that not everyone lives and walks with the same risk. Black and Indigenous Americans, older adults, and people walking in low-income communities die at higher rates and face higher levels of risk compared to all Americans.

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Pedestrian deaths often occur at “safe speeds” 

Pedestrian deaths often occur at “safe speeds” 

Speed plays a drastically different role in pedestrian deaths than it does for drivers and their passengers. The most dangerous crashes for vehicle occupants are typically at much higher speeds and often involve speed limit violations. Pedestrians, however, face constant threats even on roads that are designed and posted at lower speeds, and when drivers … Continued

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Designs for Change: Detroit, MI

Designs for Change: Detroit, MI

Detroit, Michigan has made an effort to address dangerous street design and prioritize the safety of people walking. So far, the changes have been pulling off. Since 2018, the city has seen a 40 percent decrease in fatalities.

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