New federal bill would make our streets safer—plus, see the 100 most dangerous House districts

A handful of leaders in the U.S. House and Senate introduced a bill that would finally require states and metro areas to design and build safer streets for everyone, but it will need strong and vocal support from across the country to become law. Plus, our new analysis shows which U.S. House representatives have the highest rate of people struck and killed while walking in their districts.

The Complete Streets Act of 2019 would require states to set aside money for Complete Streets projects, create a statewide program to award the money (and provide technical support), and adopt design standards that support safer, complete streets. It was introduced today by Sen. Edward Markey (MA) and Rep. Steve Cohen (TN), and co-sponsored by Senators Blumenthal (CT) and Schatz (HI), and Reps. Espaillat (NY) and Gallego (AZ). 

Support this long-awaited federal Complete Streets bill—tell your senators and representative to co-sponsor the Complete Streets Act of 2019

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Who represents the most dangerous districts in the country for people walking?

Today the National Complete Streets Coalition is also releasing an addendum to Dangerous by Design 2019 that looks at people struck and killed while walking by congressional district and provides a ranking of the 100 most dangerous House districts in the country.

Which 100 representatives should be most urgently calling the bill sponsors to immediately support the Complete Streets Act of 2019? 

RankCongressional districtMember of CongressPedestrian fatalities (2008-17)Pedestrian fatality rate per 100,000 people 2008-17)Cosponsoring "The Complete Streets Act of 2019"? (More info)
1Arizona's 7th districtRuben Gallego3444.48Yes
2Nevada's 1st districtDina Titus2874.19Yes
3South Carolina's 6th districtJames E. Clyburn2704.05NO
4Florida's 24th districtFrederica S. Wilson2923.98Yes
5Florida's 13th districtCharlie Crist2753.87NO
6Florida's 5th districtAl Lawson, Jr.2723.79NO
7Texas's 35th districtLloyd Doggett2793.59NO
8Michigan's 13th districtRashida Tlaib2353.43Yes
9Florida's 10th districtVal Butler Demings2613.42Yes
10Florida's 6th districtMike Waltz2453.36NO
11Texas's 18th districtSheila Jackson Lee2523.36NO
12South Carolina's 7th districtTom Rice2303.34NO
13Georgia's 5th districtJohn Lewis2423.29Yes
14New Mexico's 3rd districtBen Ray Lujan2273.28NO
15Texas's 30th districtEddie Bernice Johnson2443.27Yes
16Florida's 14th districtKathy Castor2383.22Yes
17Florida's 20th districtAlcee L. Hastings2423.22NO
18California's 8th districtPaul Cook2233.11NO
19Arizona's 1st districtTom O'Halleran2283.1NO
20Louisiana's 2nd districtCedric L. Richmond2403.08Yes
21California's 34th districtJimmy Gomez2142.97NO
22Tennessee's 9th districtSteve Cohen2102.97Yes
23Florida's 8th districtBill Posey2122.94NO
24Florida's 15th districtRoss Spano2192.94NO
25Florida's 1st districtMatt Gaetz2172.92NO
26California's 37th districtKaren Bass2062.85NO
27California's 6th districtDoris O. Matsui2092.85NO
28California's 21st districtTJ Cox2022.84NO
29Florida's 22nd districtTheodore E. Deutch2082.84NO
30Michigan's 14th districtBrenda L. Lawrence1962.83NO
31New Mexico's 1st districtDebra A. Haaland1952.82NO
32Alabama's 7th districtTerri A. Sewell1892.8NO
33Pennsylvania's 2nd districtBrendan Boyle1982.78NO
34Florida's 16th districtVern Buchanan2082.73NO
35California's 43rd districtMaxine Waters1952.71NO
36Florida's 4th districtJohn H. Rutherford2022.7NO
37Florida's 12th districtGus M. Bilirakis1972.7NO
38Texas's 33rd districtMarc A. Veasey1922.67NO
39California's 16th districtJim Costa1922.66NO
40Louisiana's 3rd districtClay Higgins2062.65NO
41Delaware at-largeLisa Blunt Rochester2482.65NO
42New York's 2nd districtPeter T. King1912.65NO
43Mississippi's 2nd districtBennie G. Thompson1912.64NO
44Florida's 27th districtDonna E. Shalala1942.63NO
45Maryland's 4th districtAnthony G. Brown1932.6NO
46California's 23rd districtKevin McCarthy1892.59NO
47Missouri's 1st districtWm. Lacy Clay1882.54NO
48California's 51st districtJuan Vargas1852.53NO
49California's 36th districtRaul Ruiz1862.53NO
50South Carolina's 4th districtWilliam R. Timmons IV1752.51NO
51Florida's 7th districtStephanie N. Murphy1852.51NO
52Georgia's 13th districtDavid Scott1802.47NO
53Georgia's 2nd districtSanford D. Bishop Jr.1662.42NO
54New Jersey's 10th districtDonald M. Payne Jr.1792.41NO
55Texas's 1st districtLouie Gohmert1702.39NO
56Texas's 29th districtSylvia R. Garcia1742.38NO
57Florida's 17th districtW. Gregory Steube1732.37NO
58Florida's 9th districtDarren Soto1852.37NO
59North Carolina's 7th districtDavid Rouzer1822.37NO
60Kentucky's 3rd districtJohn A. Yarmuth1752.37NO
61Florida's 23rd districtDebbie Wasserman Schultz1752.36NO
62Alabama's 1st districtBradley Byrne1622.32NO
63Florida's 11th districtDaniel Webster1682.31NO
64Maryland's 2nd districtC. A. Dutch Ruppersberger1732.3NO
65Florida's 26th districtDebbie Mucarsel-Powell1752.3NO
66California's 40th districtLucille Roybal-Allard1632.3NO
67Texas's 36th districtBrian Babin1662.29NO
68Indiana's 7th districtAndre Carson1712.29Yes
69Texas's 27th districtMichael Cloud1662.28NO
70Georgia's 4th districtHank Johnson Jr.1652.26NO
71Texas's 20th districtJoaquin Castro1712.24NO
72Louisiana's 5th districtRalph Abraham1682.23NO
73Arizona's 9th districtGreg Stanton1672.21NO
74New Jersey's 2nd districtJeff Van Drew1602.19NO
75California's 29th districtTony Cardenas1572.19NO
76Texas's 14th districtRandy K. Weber Sr.1592.19NO
77New Jersey's 1st districtDonald Norcross1592.17NO
78Florida's 3rd districtTed S. Yoho1552.17NO
79California's 31st districtPete Aguilar1592.17NO
80New York's 4th districtKathleen M. Rice1552.15NO
81Florida's 21st districtLois Frankel1582.14NO
82New Jersey's 3rd districtAndy Kim1572.13NO
83Georgia's 12th districtRick W. Allen1512.13NO
84New York's 12th districtCarolyn B. Maloney1542.12NO
85Tennessee's 5th districtJim Cooper1582.11NO
86California's 46th districtJ. Luis Correa1532.11NO
87New York's 1st districtLee M. Zeldin1522.11NO
88California's 1st districtDoug LaMalfa1482.1NO
89Florida's 2nd districtNeil P. Dunn1492.1NO
90Arizona's 3rd districtRaul M. Grijalva1552.1NO
91California's 35th districtNorma J. Torres1532.1NO
92Oklahoma's 5th districtKendra S. Horn1662.09NO
93California's 9th districtJerry McNerney1532.07NO
94North Carolina's 12th districtAlma S. Adams1682.07NO
95Florida's 25th districtMario Diaz-Balart1542.07NO
96Texas's 16th districtVeronica Escobar1512.06NO
97California's 44th districtNanette Diaz Barragan1462.02NO
98Mississippi's 4th districtSteven M. Palazzo1522NO
99North Carolina's 9th districtVacant1501.96NO
100Louisiana's 4th districtMike Johnson1491.96NO

View the full report and list over on the Dangerous by Design page. Click on “most dangerous districts” tab to see which districts are the most deadly, and also which districts saw the biggest increase in fatalities from 2008 to 2017.

Click to download this report addendum with the 100 most dangerous districts. (pdf)

We have spent decades designing streets solely to move cars as quickly as possible instead of prioritizing the safety of all people. The result? The number of people struck and killed by drivers while walking increased by 35 percent over the last decade. We are in the midst of an astonishing safety crisis as the United States has become an incredibly deadly place to go for a walk.

And that danger is not evenly distributed. Dangerous by Design showed how the risks are far greater for people walking in low-income communities, older adults, and people of color. This short addendum shows how 40 percent of all pedestrian fatalities from 2008-2017 occurred in just 22 percent of all congressional districts (100 of 435). More than 19,200 people were struck and killed in these 100 districts during that period. 

The federal government needs to take the lead on prioritizing safer streets.

Federal dollars and policies helped create these unsafe streets in the first place, and federal funds, policies, and guidance have a significant role to play in fixing our existing streets and in designing the streets we’ll build tomorrow. 

That’s why we’re excited to support the Complete Streets Act of 2019—the product of more than a decade of work by the National Complete Streets Coalition and Smart Growth America. It’s modeled on a landmark law in Massachusetts, where a state law set aside money for municipalities to build projects to improve safety for everyone who needs to use the road. But to be eligible for the money, they were required to pass local Complete Streets policies and create implementation plans. As a result, dozens and dozens of policies have been passed in the state,  which will certainly lead to a decrease in pedestrian deaths over time.

It is essential that Congress advance this bill and then incorporate it into the next long-term transportation law. While the expiration of the FAST Act isn’t until next year, policy decisions about what will and won’t be in its replacement are being made right now, with hard and fast deadlines just days and weeks away. 

Read the new district report and send a message to your senators and representative today.

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