Who Else Wants To See A Terrifying Map Of Pedestrian Deaths In Los Angeles?
The advocacy coalition Transportation for America has analyzed and mapped almost ten years of pedestrian death data across the country and released a report, Dangerous By Design 2011, that ranks Los Angeles the 27th Most Dangerous metropolitan area for pedestrians.
In the last decade, from 2000 through 2009, more than 47,700 pedestrians were killed in the United States, the equivalent of a jumbo jet full of passengers crashing roughly every month. On top of that, more than 688,000 pedestrians were injured over the decade, a number equivalent to a pedestrian being struck by a car or truck every 7 minutes.
Los Angeles/Long Beach/Santa Ana registered 2,533 total pedestrian fatalities in 2009, averaging to an Annual Pedestrian Fatality Rate of 2 deaths per 100,000 people. Riverside/San Bernardino/Ontario came in 5th on the list.
There are other unnerving statistics broken down by state, metro region and county, and the report also speaks to the wallet heartstrings with budget data and cost analysis like: "Between 2000 and 2009 6,957 people were killed while walking in California, which cost the state $29.92 billion. Reducing pedestrian fatalities just 10% would have saved California $2991.51 million over 10 years."
Check out the California report/factsheet and see the complete list provisions TFA wants in the next federal transportation spending bill.