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Florida DOT Taking a New, Data-Driven Approach to Pedestrian Safety

The Florida Department of Transportation is trying to change the state's status as the most dangerous in the nation for pedestrians, with 5,100 people killed while walking between 2003 and 2010.
August 11, 2016, 6am PDT | James Brasuell | @CasualBrasuell
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"A new study conducted by FDOT District 5, which includes Orlando [PDF], pinpoints the locations where pedestrians and cyclists are being struck," according to Angie Schmitt, demonstrating "FDOT’s new data-driven approach to pedestrian safety under Billy Hattaway, the top official in District 5 and the leader of the state’s safety initiatives for walking and biking."

Based on that data, FDOT District 5 was able to identify two factors that contribute to the danger for pedestrians: streets without sidewalks and wide arterial roads with high vehicle traffic. The study maps out areas of risk, which is shared in the full article linked below.

Now for the rest of FDOT, and every other DOT around the country for that matter, to adopt similar practices.

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Published on Tuesday, August 9, 2016 in Streetsblog USA
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