Dangerous by Design: Solving the Epidemic of Preventable Pedestrian Deaths

Posted Monday November 09, 2009 by Jolynne

A new report released today by Transportation For America and the Surface Transportation Policy Partnership takes stock of how city streets built for speed and not safety can be deadly to pedestrians. “Dangerous By Design: Solving the Epidemic of Preventable Pedestrian Deaths (And Making Great Neighborhoods)” ranks the nation’s 52 largest metro areas based on a calculated Pedestrian Danger Index (PDI) and reveals how investment in pedestrian infrastructure could save hundreds of lives and prevent thousands of crashes each year.

The report, along with some data from Walk San Francisco, has found that the pedestrian fatality rate in San Francisco is 70% higher than the national average.  Nationally, only 1.5% of federal transportation dollars are spent on pedestrian facilities.  Locally, San Francisco only spends 0.5% of its federal transportation dollars on pedestrian improvements.

Please see our press release and take action by asking Secretary LaHood to make pedestrian safety a priority.