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Orlando Is Riskiest City for Pedestrians in US

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

The city of Orlando in Florida is the most dangerous city for pedestrians in the country. In Orlando, pedestrians have the highest risk of suffering serious or even fatal accidents.

The listing was compiled by Smart Growth America, and was based on a Pedestrian Danger Index for all of the major cities in the country, as well as all the states. Florida was rated the most dangerous state in the country, and Orlando was rated as the riskiest city for pedestrians. In fact, Florida accounted for the top four positions on the list.

Orlando had a pedestrian Danger Index of 244.3. Between 2003 and 2012, the Orlando-Kissimmee metropolitan region saw 583 pedestrian fatalities.

Florida accounted for some of the most dangerous areas in the country for pedestrians. At second place on the list was the Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater region, with 874 fatalities over the study period, and a Pedestrian Danger Index of 190.1. In third place was the Jacksonville region, with 359 fatalities during that period of time, and a Pedestrian Danger Index of 182.7. Rounding out Florida's presence on the list was the Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach area with a total of 1,539 pedestrian accident fatalities recorded during the study period and a Pedestrian Danger Index of 145.8.

Better pedestrian safety infrastructure could help keep many pedestrians safer in Florida. The state has a severe shortage of safety infrastructure, including adequate number of marked and designated crosswalks, not just in Orlando, but across the state, as the study shows. Florida’s pedestrian safety record is dismal, and things will not get better unless state transportation agencies understand that this state has a serious pedestrian safety problem, and that people in the state are being discouraged from walking purely because of safety concerns.

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