Transportation for America (TfA), a campaign to strengthen the nation's transportation network, released an update to its "Dangerous by Design" report, an analysis of pedestrian safety in the design and use of American streets. Accompanying the report, TfA ranked the country's largest metropolitan areas according to their relative risk to walkers and released a map of fatalities, separated by state. The statistics show Florida cities as rounding the top four most dangerous metropolitan areas for pedestrians. Orlando-Kissimmee, Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, Jacksonville and Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach metropolitan areas have the highest pedestrian danger index, a value computed using ten years of pedestrian fatality data and the newly-released Census walking data.
"Orlando tops the list of most dangerous places because of its high pedestrian fatality rate of 3.0 per 100,000 people, despite only 1.2 percent of people walking to work" the report explains. "In other words, the few people who do walk in Orlando face a relatively high risk of being killed in a traffic crash."
Thanks to Jeffrey Riecke