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National Geographic on Dangerous by Design

We mentioned this on Twitter when the issue came out back in July, but National Geographic had a nice one-page feature on Dangerous by Design, our study from 2009 ranking metro areas on their relative danger to those on foot and bike, focusing on Florida’s overall risk based on having 4 of the top 10 most dangerous metros. In the last 15 years, more than 76,000 Americans have been killed while crossing or walking along a street in their community, and it’s high time that more attention was paid to this preventable loss of life that we far too often ignore or simple believe to be inevitable.

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  1. More than half of pedestrian accidents are due to drunk pedestrians. I wonder if there is more drinking in Florida and Memphis? I have no idea, but it’s an important factor to look at.

  2. Christopher, post a citation to that if you don’t mind. Not only does the federal database not track that bit of information for pedestrian fatalities, but we’ve seen no study that claims that half of all fatalities are because the pedestrian is drunk. So I’d push back and challenge that assertion.

  3. Also: I just noticed the statistics are fatalities per person, not per mile traveled. It’s a safe bet that New Yorkers walk more than Floridians, meaning the picture in Florida is even worse than you’ve portrayed it!