New Report by T4A: Dangerous by Design
Transportation for America (a coalition of which RenewLV is a partner), jointly with the Surface Transportation Policy Partnership, released the results of a pedestrian safety study earlier this week. The report, Dangerous by Design, ranks metropolitan regions by the ratio between the average pedestrian fatality rate and the percentage of pedestrian commuters. While the Lehigh Valley was not ranked in the official report, because the metropolitan area (Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, excluding our immediate neighbors in New Jersey) does not exceed 1 million residents, the Greater Philadelphia region is listed in the report. This part of the state (which includes Wilmington, DE and Camden, NJ) ranked 38 out of 52 , with a Pedestrian Danger Index (PDI) of 44.3.
One of the most notable aspects of this report is the connection made to public health. T4A reports:
While it is still unnecessarily dangerous for pedestrians to walk, health experts are making the case that it can be just as deadly not to walk. Even as these preventable deaths mount, there has been a growing recognition that walking and bicycling – what many now refer to as “active transportation” – are critical to increasing levels of healthy exercise and reducing obesity and heart disease.
The report calls on Congress to adopt better federal policy toward safer streets and more walkable neighborhoods. For this reason, I urge you to contact your Congressional representatives’ offices to make them aware of the report.
Posted on November 11, 2009, in Health, Media Coverage, Neighborhoods, Public Infrastructure, Transportation and tagged Health, pedestrian, safety, Transportation, urban design. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.