Dangerous by Design ranks states & metros on danger to pedestrians, offers solutions

Too many Americans are being struck and killed by the drivers of cars, trucks, and SUVs while walking. Dangerous by Design 2019, released today, chronicles the preventable epidemic of pedestrian fatalities, which have been steadily increasing in recent years, even as traffic fatalities overall have been decreasing.

Over the last decade drivers struck and killed 49,340 people walking in communities across the U.S. To put that into perspective, it’s the equivalent of a jumbo jet full of people crashing—with no survivors—every month. Since Dangerous by Design 2016 the problem has only gotten worse; four out of five states and major metro areas have become more dangerous for people walking.

Why? Our federal, state, and local policies, standards, and funding mechanisms that have been in place for decades produce dangerous roads that prioritize high speeds for cars over safety for all people.

So what can we do to make walking safer and save lives? We describe a whole host of actions that can be taken by governments starting with a federal Complete Streets policy. At the state level, more training to institutionalize a Complete Streets approach and prioritizing safety over vehicle speeds can help. Local governments can prioritize transportation projects that reduce speeds and benefit communities that are disproportionately impacted (low-income and communities of color).


Report: Pedestrian deaths continue decade-long climb Jan. 23, 2019