Houston: Not a safe place to walk

November 11, 2009 10:13:42 AM PST
The City of Houston has made another top ten list, although this time it's not necessarily a good thing. Transportation for America released its latest report, 'Dangerous By Design: Solving the Epidemic of Preventable Deaths (And Making Great Neighborhoods)' that ranks the most dangerous metropolitan areas for pedestrians. The Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown area was ranked the eighth most dangerous city for walking in 2007-2008.

Cities were ranked bases on the Pedestrian Danger Index (PDI), which takes into account that the cities where more people walk on a daily basis are likely to have a greater number of pedestrian fatalities. The PDI also shows that the most dangerous cities to walk are those that fail to make infrastructure investments to make roads safer.

Here are the top ten most dangerous cities for pedestrians:

  1. Orlando-Kissimmee, FL
  2. Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL
  3. Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach, FL
  4. Jacksonville, FL
  5. Memphis, TN-MS-AR
  6. Raleigh-Cary, NC
  7. Louisville/Jefferson County, KY-IN
  8. Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX
  9. Birmingham-Hoover, AL
  10. Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA

You can read more about the report at t4america.org.

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