Safe to cross: Seattle ranks low for pedestrian danger

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by ADAM MERTZ / KING 5 News

NWCN.com

Posted on May 20, 2014 at 9:05 AM

SEATTLE -- How safe are walkers crossing busy intersections in Seattle? A Smart Growth America study ranked the Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue area near the bottom of the list for most dangerous cities for pedestrians. The area was ranked 49 out of 51.

The most dangerous cities: Orlando, Tampa-St. Petersburg, Jacksonville, Miami, Memphis, Birmingham, Houston, Atlanta and Charlotte.

Smart Growth America reports that over a 10-year period more than 47,000 people in the U.S. were killed while walking.

From 2003 to 2012 the Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue area had 375 pedestrian deaths, according to the report. In total, there were 678 deaths statewide.

"We've done all of this work to reduce deaths in auto accidents, seatbelts and cracking down on drunk driving and distracted driving, we need to have that same focus when it comes to walk-ability and pedestrian safety," said Ingrid McDonald with AARP.

The study suggests deaths can be prevented by improving roadway design. McDonald said more must be done to make the streets safe.

"A disproportionate number of victims of these accidents are young people, older people, and people with disabilities," said McDonald.

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