Pedestrian traffic safety measures have been “a total failure,” according to an advocacythat found U.S. pedestrian fatalities jumped 45% over the last decade as planners prioritized vehicle speed and over the lives of those on foot.
The report” compiled by the urban planning nonprofit Smart Growth America, found that from 2010 to 2019, nearly every state in the U.S. grew more dangerous for pedestrians than the year prior, even though overall trended downward. It also based on the victims’ location, age, and race.
“Our current approach to addressing theof people struck and killed while walking has been a total failure,” says the report released on Wednesday. It urges transportation planners to prioritize the safety of people not behind the wheel.
Black people were found to have been struck and killed by drivers at an 82%than white non-Hispanic people from 2010 to 2019. The twice that of middle-income neighborhoods.
“Low-income communities are significantly less likely to have sidewalks, marked crosswalks, and street design to support safer, slower speeds,” the. “It is likely that many people walking in these lower-income census tracts are also lower-income themselves.” The report adds that people in lower-income communities are less likely to have cars.
“We urgently need toroads to prioritize safety, not speed, as we currently do,” Beth Osborne, transportation director for Smart Growth America, said in a statement. “The obsession with keeping traffic moving and avoiding a delay at all costs in hopes of saving drivers mere seconds creates the very dangers highlighted in this report.”
According to the report,for pedestrians, and seven of the nation’s ten most dangerous metropolitan areas were in the Sunshine State.
Florida’s Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford metro area ranked first in a calculation considering deaths, population, and the number of. The Orlando area has of the report that stretch back to 2009. Like Florida, the nine other 10 are the southern continental U.S. Alabama, and New .