Sure, You Can Walk in Dallas. But, According to a New Report, It Can Be Dangerous.
Says the report, "The decades-long neglect of pedestrian safety in the design and use of American streets is exacting a heavy toll on our lives," and in supplemental material provided with the report, Transportation for America urges the feds to do something about pedestrian deaths -- like, say, adopt a national Complete Streets policy, which is exactly what Sen. Tom Harkin called for yesterday when introducing the Complete Streets Act of 2011.
Here's the Texas breakdown from Transportation for America, which notes that:
Between 2000 and 2009, 4,212 people were killed while walking in Texas. This is a share of the more than 47,700 Americans who died on our streets and roads, whether walking to school, approaching a bus stop, or strolling to the grocery store. Children, older Americans, and racial and ethnic minorities were killed in disproportionate numbers. An overwhelming proportion of these deaths share a common thread: they occurred along "arterial" roadways that were dangerous by design, streets engineered for speeding cars with little or no provision for people on foot, in wheelchairs or on bicycles.And here's the interactive map that shows exactly where and when those deaths in and around Dallas occurred.