IS WALKING BAD FOR YOUR HEALTH?
February 1, 2005
Walking is the most dangerous form of transportation, accounting for 11.3 percent of transportation fatalities nationwide, according to the Surface Transportation Policy Project.
Data from the STPP's 2004 report reveals:
- In 2003 some 4,827 pedestrians were killed while crossing the street and an additional 70,000 were injured.
- Between 2002-2003, three Florida metropolitan areas topped the list of the three most dangerous cities to walk: Orlando, Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater and West-Palm Beach-Boca Raton.
- The most dangerous cities, says STPP are characterized by wide, high-speed arterial roads that are hazardous for pedestrians.
- The majority (about 52 percent) of pedestrian fatalities occurred on arterial roads, while less than 15 percent occurred on interstates and freeways, however, more than 40 percent of pedestrians were killed in areas where no crosswalk was available.
Ironically, the Orlando and St. Petersburg areas spend more federal funds per capita on pedestrian and bicycle facilities than any of the 50 largest metropolitan areas.
STPP notes that between 1994 and 2003, pedestrian fatalities have declined by almost 13 percent, however, the percentage of people walking to work declined at an even greater rates.
Source: Report, "Mean Streets 2004," Surface Transportation Policy Project, December 2, 2004.
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