Most Dangerous Cities for Pedestrians is in Central Florida, Brevard is Third On List
By Adrienne Cutway, WKMG // January 24, 2019
Florida has highest rate of pedestrian deaths in U.S.
(WKMG) – A new report proves that the streets aren’t getting any safer for pedestrians, particularly the ones in Central Florida.
Dangerous by Design 2019, released this week by Smart Growth America and the National Complete Streets Coalition, shows that Florida is the deadliest state for pedestrians, and the Orlando metropolitan area is the worst city in the country when it comes to pedestrian deaths.
Researchers examined data from the Fatality Analysis Reporting System on crashes between 2008 to 2017 to rank each metro area using the pedestrian danger index they devised.
More than 20 percent of the Florida deaths — or 1,195 — happened in the metro areas surrounding Orlando, Daytona Beach, Melbourne and Lakeland.
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All of the top five most dangerous cities in the U.S. for pedestrians were in Florida, with the Sunshine State claiming eight cities in the list of 20.
|2019 Rank||Metro Area||Pedestrian Deaths (2008-2017)||Annual Pedestrian Fatalities per 100,000 People||2019 Pedestrian Danger Index|
|2||Deltona-Daytona Beach-Ormond Beach, FL||212||3.45||265.4|
|3||Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville, FL||165||2.94||245.0|
|4||North Port-Sarasota-Bradenton, FL||194||2.58||234.6|
|5||Lakeland-Winter Haven, FL||162||2.54||230.9|
|8||Cape Coral-Fort Myers, FL||148||2.17||217.0|
|9||Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL||900||3.07||204.7|
|12||Baton Rouge, LA||182||2.21||157.9|
|14||Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL||1,549||2.61||153.5|
|19||Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway, AR||118||1.62||135.0|
|20||Augusta-Richmond County, GA-SC||126||2.15||134.4|
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