Want to die in traffic?
Here’s a list of the top ten cities for pedestrian fatalities/injuries (with my knee-jerk observations):
1. Orlando: Big, wide traffic sewers and a critical mass of old folks behind the wheel.
2. Tampa: Ditto.
3. Jacksonville: Ditto.
4. Miami: Ditto.
5. Riverside, Calif.: A sea of asphalt — multi-lane roads and parking lots.
6. Las Vegas: What role does alcohol play here?
7. Memphis: Hmmmmmm…
8. Phoenix: Old folks and traffic sewers.
9. Houston: Concrete as far as the eye can see.
10. Dallas: The flyovers are stacked so high that some of them appear taller than the buildings.
Want to live?
Ride a bicycle — even in those 10 cities.
Here’s the part of the USA Today article that really interests me:
Other findings include:
• African Americans suffer a pedestrian death rate of 2.39 per 100,000 people — more than 70% higher than the rate for non-Hispanic whites (1.38).
• Hispanics ages 65 and older have a fatality rate twice that of African Americans, and 173% higher than for non-Hispanic whites.
• Hispanic children die in pedestrian accidents 40% more often than non-Hispanic white children.
Those are racial/ethnic statistics, but I’m willing to bet they are also socio-economic statistics, i.e. the poor are over-represented because they have fewer transportation choices.
So, yes, there is a civil rights argument to be made for making our streets safer places for all citizens — no matter what transportation choices they choose to make or are forced to make.
Interesting and related from Commute Orlando: Driving, Developmentally, Turns Us Into Children.