On June 12, 2014 there was an article published regarding pedestrian safety. The article is from the Lisle Patch and is titled “Are America’s Streets Designed for Death?” The article discusses various aspects of pedestrian deaths, including statistics and causes of pedestrian deaths, as well as recommendations as to improve pedestrian safety. The article also references various resources, such as Smart Growth America’s May 2014 “Dangerous By Design 2014” report (pdf.)
Notable excerpts from the Lisle Patch article include:
Streets designed to maximize speed for cars have created a dangerous world for pedestrians, a new study argues.
From 2003 to 2012, more than 47,000 people, many of them children, were hit and killed while walking outdoors. An estimated 676,000 were injured. Meanwhile, the number of adults who said they walked for transportation grew 6 percent from 2005 to 2010.
Within the Smart Growth America’s report mentioned above, there are many statistics with regard to pedestrian safety, characteristics of dangerous roads, and related issues. On page 11, the following statistic is found:
Indeed, more than half—52.3 percent—of the 45,284 pedestrian deaths (for which roadway classification data were recorded) over the last decade occurred on arterial roadways.
As well, on page 27, speed as a factor in the number of pedestrian accidents and their severity is discussed. An excerpt:
Nationally, speeding is a leading cause of preventable deaths, causing nearly one-third of all traffic fatalities each year, or close to 10,000 lives. Speeding not only increases the likelihood of crashes with people on foot, it increases the probability that those crashes will cause injuries that are far more serious.24 At 20 mph, the risk of death to a person on foot struck by the driver of a vehicle is 6 percent. At 30 mph, that risk of death is three times greater. And at 45 mph, the risk of death is 65 percent—11 times greater than at 20 mph. When struck by a car going 50 mph, pedestrian fatality rates are 75 percent and injury rates are more than 90 percent.
Additional details concerning the issue of pedestrian safety, statistics, and related issues can be found in the Smart Growth America’s report mentioned above.