The most deadly cities for pedestrians keep getting deadlier: report

SGA experts speaking at a May 29 media briefing mainly blamed poor roadway design and ambivalence among elected officials for the increasing death rates. According to the report, “Our nation’s streets are dangerous by design, designed primarily to move cars quickly at the expense of keeping everyone safe.”

Roadway design is seen “almost exclusively through the lens” of the driver, said Beth Osborne, vice president of transportation and thriving communities at SGA.

Sun Belt cities ranked worst in the SGA report, largely due to having been built up in the era of the interstate highway, Osborne explained…

The toll on pedestrians is measured not only in deaths but also injuries. The SGA report found that more than 67,000 pedestrians were injured by traffic crashes in 2022, an 11% increase over the previous year.

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