• Report – Dangerous By Design

    by  • November 10, 2009 • Education, Injuries and Fatalities • 0 Comments

    In the last 15 years, more than 90,000 Americans have been killed while biking or walking along a street in their community. More than 50,000 Americans – including almost 5,000 children under 16 – have been killed this decade alone. This is the equivalent of a jumbo jet going down roughly every month, yet it receives nothing like the kind of attention that would surely follow such a disaster.

    Children, the elderly, and ethnic minorities are disproportionately represented in this figure, but people of all ages and all walks of life have been struck down in the simple act of walking. These deaths typically are labeled “accidents,” and attributed to error on the part of motorist or pedestrian. In fact, however, an overwhelming proportion share a similar factor: They occurred along roadways that were dangerous by design, streets that were engineered for speeding cars and made little or no provision for people on foot, in wheelchairs or on a bicycle.

    Download the full report (pdf)

    Tell Transportation Secretary LaHood and the U.S. DOT to make pedestrian safety a priority. Pedestrian deaths are preventable, and we demand safer streets!

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