Between 2005 and 2014, a total of 46,149 people were struck and killed by cars while walking. That averages out to about 13 people per day.
Each one of those people was a child, parent, friend, classmate, or neighbor. And these tragedies occurred across the country—in small towns and big cities, in communities on the coast and in the heartland.
Dangerous by Design 2016 takes a closer look at the alarming epidemic of pedestrian deaths. The fourth edition of this report, out today, once again ranks the most dangerous places for people walking by a “Pedestrian Danger Index,” or PDI. It also explores who is most at risk of being struck and killed by a car while walking, including data that looks at pedestrians by age, race, ethnicity, and income.
Explore the online feature to see the full rankings of the 104 largest metro areas in the country and all 50 states, as well as interactive maps of where fatal collisions occurred.
Join us for the kickoff
We’ll be talking about this new research during a kickoff webinar today at 1 pm EST. You are invited to join us:
Register for the event to to learn more about the findings and to hear from the report’s authors, national transportation policy experts, and local advocates about how we can make streets safer by design.
Will Elaine Chao address pedestrian safety?
A confirmation hearing for Elaine Chao, Trump’s nominee for transportation secretary, is scheduled to take place tomorrow in Washington. We want to make sure pedestrian safety is on her mind.
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