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Most Dangerous Pedestrian Cities

Steve Wagner

“Dangerous By Design” is the title of a national report by Smart Growth America and is a name given to many Southeastern cities, a number of the large metropolitan areas developed in the post-WWII era. These cities, developed with the intention of being convenient for motorized vehicles, have left pedestrians and cyclists in the lurch, causing more deaths in these areas than anywhere else in the United States.

These cities, many of which are designed without specialized features like crosswalks, bus lanes and cyclist lanes, rank with anywhere from 87 to 244 pedestrian deaths per year. According to recent research, shifts are slowly happening in these cities to make them safer for pedestrians, as more and more people are gravitating away from motorized vehicles, and are making the shifts to walking and using bicycles.

According to an article in Wired, the key to reducing the large number of fatalities in these cities is by slowing traffic down, as well as turning roadways into “complete streets.” These complete streets are roadways that include crosswalks, bike lanes, bus lanes, as well as median islands, roundabouts, and other factors which slow traffic down and make it safer for the increasing numbers of pedestrians.

One Indiana county makes the list for the most dangerous, and that is Jefferson County (the Louisville Metropolitan area on the IN/KY border).

If you or a loved one have been injured in an Indiana pedestrian or bike accident, the law offices of Wagner Reese and our expert pedestrian accident lawyers can assist you in your recovery. Give us a call today at (888) 204-8440 for more information.

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