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Pedestrian Fatalities Map: Check Out a Corner Near You

Posted By Livable Communities Team On May 20, 2014 @ 2:42 pm In Livable Communities | No Comments

051414_DangerousbyDesign-07 [1]Post by Melissa Stanton, AARP:

Three years ago the “Dangerous by Design” [2] report noted that between the years 2000 and 2009 the number of vehicle-caused pedestrian deaths was equivalent to “a jumbo jet full of passengers crashing roughly every month.”

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Streets engineered for speeding traffic with little or no provision for people on foot, in wheelchairs or on bicycles are “dangerous by design,” explains the National Complete Streets Coalition [4], the Smart Growth America [5] program behind the report (of which AARP is a sponsor).

Newer data covering the years 2003 to 2012 are presented in “Dangerous by Design 2014.” [1] The numbers haven’t improved.

Over the decade 47,025 people were killed while walking. (“That’s 16 times the number of Americans who died in natural disasters – earthquakes, floods, hurricanes and tornadoes,” say the authors.) One in five pedestrians killed is age 65 or older.

An estimated 676,000 pedestrians were injured, “meaning someone on foot was hit by a car about every eight minutes.”

Smart Growth America's interactive Fatalities Map. [6]

Smart Growth America’s interactive Fatalities Map.

Use Smart Growth America’s interactive Fatalities Map [6] to locate where pedestrians have lost their lives in your region.

See the AARP slideshow “Dangerously Incomplete Streets” [7]for examples of how our roads are hazards to pedestrians, especially older adults.

Learn how the proposed Safe Streets Act [8]seeks to improve pedestrian and driver safety.

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Melissa Stanton [9]Melissa Stanton is a project manager and editor on the AARP Livable Communities Team.

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[1] Image: http://www.aarp.org/livable-communities/info-2014/dangerous-by-design.html

[2] “Dangerous by Design”: http://www.aarp.org/livable-communities/learn/transportation-mobility/info-12-2012/dangerous-by-design-2011.html

[3] AARP Livable Communities Newsletter: http://www.aarp.org/livable-communities/livable-community-news-alerts/?intcmp=BL-IL-EMAIL-SUB-LC

[4] National Complete Streets Coalition: http://www.smartgrowthamerica.org/complete-streets

[5] Smart Growth America: http://www.smartgrowthamerica.org/

[6] Image: http://www.smartgrowthamerica.org/research/dangerous-by-design/dbd2014/fatalities-map

[7] AARP slideshow “Dangerously Incomplete Streets” : http://www.aarp.org/livable-communities/info-2014/slideshow-dangerous-streets.html

[8] Safe Streets Act : http://www.aarp.org/politics-society/advocacy/info-2014/where-aarp-stands-safe-streets.html

[9] Image: http://blog.aarp.org/category/great-places/?intcmp=AE-BLIL-BL

[10] Follow us on Twitter @LivableCmnty: https://twitter.com/LivableCmnty

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[13] Why it’s good to drive in circles: http://www.aarp.org/livable-communities/info-2014/livability-factsheet-modern-roundabouts.html

[14] Slideshow: A Livable Communities Show & Tell: http://www.aarp.org/livable-communities/info-slideshow/livable-community-features-slideshow/

[15] The 10 most walkable cities in the U.S.: http://blog.aarp.org/2014/01/21/great-places-blog-10-most-walkable-cities-us/

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