Smart Growth America released a study in May 2014 which ranked states by a Pedestrian Danger Index: aka “PDI” – based on a variety of factors regarding pedestrian deaths in Florida being the worst. They titled their study as “Dangerous by Design” because it highlights that the reason why a lot of these deaths are occurring is due to the poor designs of roads and them not being “pedestrian-friendly.”
In 2012 pedestrian deaths accounted for 15% of all traffic deaths in the United States. Sunbelt communities, like Florida, who grew the most during post-war periods are the highest cases for these deaths. Over 60% of these pedestrian deaths occur on roads where the speed limit is 40mph or higher. Just like Florida is working on building its cities better to assist when natural disasters occur, it is also working on constructing better road systems for pedestrians to be safer when commuting by feet.
We welcome this new development in the interest of those who walk from place to place for several reasons, whether it be daily commute, health, or recreation.