Jeff Smith 10 a.m., July 29
San Diego Ranks As 28th Most Dangerous for Pedestrians
The area of San Diego, Carlsbad, and San Marcos ranks as the 28th most dangerous metropolitan area for pedestrians, says a study conducted by Transportation For America.
For every 100,000 pedestrians, 2.1 deaths occurred during 2000 to 2009 on metropolitan San Diego roadways. In all, 623 pedestrians died on local highways, resulting in a 74.7 "pedestrian danger index."
California cities that were even more unfriendly to pedestrians; Los Angeles/Long Beach area was 27th, and Riverside/San Bernandino/ Ontario ranked as 5th most dangerous metropolitan area in the country.
Winning first prize as the most dangerous metropolitan area for pedestrians was Orlando, Florida.
"...People of all ages and all walks of life have been struck down in the simple act of walking," reads the report. "These deaths typically are labeled “accidents,” and attributed to error on the part of motorist or pedestrian. In fact, however, the majority of these deaths share a common thread: they occurred along “arterial” roadways that were dangerous by design, streets engineered for speeding traffic with little or no provision for people on foot, in wheelchairs or on bicycles."
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