Dangerous by Design 2011 Map of Fatalities

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Transportation For America has put out a new report and Map of Fatalities

DC Streetsblog has an article on the subject.

In short, while Missing Persons may have been correct that "Nobody walks in LA", Nobody should walk in Florida. As a pedestrian myself, I am pleased metropolitan Minneapolis is ranked 48 (which is relatively good) out of 52 US metros above 1 million population.

As with Bicycles, it seems the more people who walk to work, the safer walking is. (And the causation is likely to be mutual).

It is interesting to note:

Pedestrian fatalities have fallen at only half the rate of motorists, dropping by just over 14 percent during the period.

Two major reasons auto fatalities have dropped is safer vehicles (airbags, crash resistance, etc.) and better emergency medicine and response time. Clearly only the latter would play into pedestrian fatalities. These numbers suggest each factor is about equally important in the decline.

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You write:

"Two major reasons auto fatalities have dropped is safer vehicles (airbags, crash resistance, etc.) and better emergency medicine and response time. Clearly only the latter would play into pedestrian fatalities."

I think safer vehicles do affect pedestrian fatalities - by increasing them. As cars get safer for their occupants, drivers compensate for the extra safety by taking more risk - driving faster, paying less attention, driving while drunk(er) etc. This extra risk is transferred to those outside the car - pedestrians and cyclists, neither of whom benefit from the compensating airbags and crash resistance.

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