Report ranks Gulf Coast region dangerous for pedestrians

Report ranks Gulf Coast region dangerous for pedestrians

Friday, January 20, 2017

The Sarasota-Manatee-North Port metro area was ranked the 10th worst in the country for pedestrian safety, according to a new study released by the advocacy group Smart Growth America. Florida ranked the worst state for pedestrians, with nine of the top 11 most dangerous metro areas for walkers listed in the state. Others included Cape Coral-Fort Myers (1st), the Orlando area (3rd), and the Tampa area (7th).

Dangerous by Design 2016, the report published by the nonprofit group, notes that “between 2005 and 2014, a total of 46,149 people were struck and killed by cars while walking in the United States," calling the number of pedestrian deaths "an alarming epidemic."

Urban and street design significantly affects these statistics, some of which are tracked among the quality-of-life indicators on GulfCoastIndicators.org, such as injuries to cyclists.