16 Aug '11, 3pm

Florida is the worst state for pedestrian safety:

If you live in Florida and don't have a car, you may want to invest in a heavy steel overcoat. Florida is home to four of the top four most dangerous metropolitan areas for pedestrians -- Orlando, Tampa, Jacksonville, and Miami. In the wake of the Raquel Nelson case, the New York Times has turned its reporting eye on pedestrian fatalities , and the scene on Florida streets is pretty depressing: Sidewalks are viewed as perks, not necessities. Crosswalks are disliked and dishonored. And many drivers maniacally speed up when they see someone crossing the street. The danger rankings are based on pedestrian fatality rates compared to the percentage of walking commuters. Most people in these Florida cities don't walk to work (which may help explain why there are so few crosswalks), but those who do have a relatively high chance of a fatal accident. And bus commuters may be at an...

Full article: http://www.grist.org/list/2011-08-16-florida-is-the-worst...

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