Dangerous by Design

Dangerous by Design. Orlando was ranked the most dangerous city in the country for pedestrians in 2011.  Transportation for America has labeled Orlando and other cities like it dangerous by design  With such risk embedded in the design schema of Orlando’s urban/suburban landscape, David seeks to use creative resistance and community-engagement as tools for navigating, documenting and meaningfully transforming Orlando into a more accessible, connected and just place for everyone to both live and thrive in.

“Orlando tops the list of most dangerous places because of its high pedestrian fatality rate of 3.0 per 100,000 people, despite only 1.2 percent of people walking to work. In other words, the few people who do walk in Orlando face a relatively high risk of being killed in a traffic crash.

Orlando’s tourism industry draws nearly 50 million visitors to the area every year, which may skew the Pedestrian Danger Index (PDI) score if significant numbers of tourists are killed as pedestrians. The Fatality Analysis Reporting System data we analyze for this report does not provide residence information for victims, making this difficult to verify. However, few pedestrian fatalities occur near Orlando’s tourist destinations, which would seem to indicate that tourists do not comprise a significant portion of the metro area’s pedestrian fatalities

The list of the most dangerous metro areas for walking is striking in that all of the ten metro areas are in the South or West, and have seen rapid growth in recent decades of low-density development, characterized by high-speed urban roads that are particularly hazardous for walking.

A national FHWA survey of how travelers feel about the nation’s transportation system affirms these results, finding that respondents in the South rank their pedestrian safety worse than their counterparts in the rest of the country.”

~Dangerous by Design 2011, Transportation for America, Page 10

Dangerous Metro Areas. Below is a list of the 10 metropolitan areas in the United States that Transportation for America ranked the most dangerous for pedestrians.  The top four are all Florida cities.

  1. Orlando-Kissimmee, FL
  2. Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL
  3. Jacksonville, FL
  4. Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach, FL
  5. Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA
  6. Las Vegas-Paradise, NV
  7. Memphis, TN-MS-AR
  8. Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ
  9. Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX
  10. Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX

Click here to download Transportation for America’s full report.

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