A new report indicates walking may be hazardous for your health – in Florida, anyway.
Florida has long ranked among the most perilous places for people to move in non-motorized vehicles, and pedestrian accidents in Fort Lauderdale have been a major problem for residents and tourists alike. Now, the newest Dangerous by Design report by Smart Growth America and the National Complete Streets Coalition found 8 of the 10 deadliest metro areas for pedestrians were right here in the Sunshine State. The Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach metro area ranked No. 14. The other Florida locations where hazards were even higher were:
- No. 1. Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford
- No. 2. Deltona-Daytona Beach-Ormond Beach
- No. 3. Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville
- No. 4. North Port-Sarasota-Bradenton
- No. 5. Lakeland-Winter Haven
- No. 6. Jacksonville
- No. 8. Cape Coral-Fort Myers
- No. 8. Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater
Bakersfield, CA and Jackson, MS rounded out the top 10.
Between 2008 and 2017, U.S. pedestrian deaths spiked by nearly 36 percent. Nearly 50,000 people lost their lives in pedestrian accidents during that decade, which works out to more than 13-a-day, noted The Miami Herald. Put a different way: That’s the equivalent of a large jet going down once a month. If we had 5,000 people dying every single year in plane crashes, air travel would come to an immediate halt and we’d be looking into swift and decisive policy changes. Yet the problem is getting worse. Continue reading