Dangerous by Design Press Coverage

November 16, 2009

This critical report, released on Nov. 10 by T4America and the Surface Transportation Policy Partnership, highlights the continuing national tragedy of pedestrian deaths and injuries in the U.S., and points to policies and projects that states and municipalities can implement to make it safer and more convenient to walk.

To date, there have been at least 115 media hits on the report, including The Washington Post, USA Today, New York Post, Houston Chronicle, The Denver Post and San Francisco Chronicle. Also, complete streets legislation has already passed – citing the report – in Fort Myers, FL, and other communities are close behind.

America Walks thanks T4America and Surface Transportation Policy Partnership for the opportunity to participate in this release and to involve America Walks’ member organizations across the country! Continue reading to see a complete list of media coverage.

The full report, as well as state fact sheets, is available at

City Streets a Mortal Threat to Pedestrians

Jason Kambitsis, ABC News, November 11, 2009

Editorial- On foot, in danger

Courier Journal (Kentucky), November 11, 2009

Study: Walking In Louisville Can Be Hazardous To Your Health

Carissa Lawson, WLKY- Kentucky, November 10, 2009

No walk in the park for Santa Cruz County pedestrians

Shanna McCord, Santa Cruz Sentinel, November 11, 2009

Watch your step on the most dangerous streets in San Diego

NBC-San Diego, November 10, 2009

Study: SD Roads Dangerous For Pedestrians

News 10- San Diego, November 10, 2009

Sacramento 22nd-safest city for walking

Melanie Turner, Sacramento Business Journal, November 10, 2009

Minneapolis listed among safest metros for pedestrians and cyclists. Which are dangerous?

Ron Scherer, Minneapolis Post, November 10, 2009

Study: Baltimore Unsafe For Pedestrians, Cyclists

CBS- Baltimore, November 10, 2009

No. 1 ranking comes from a national study

Lori Dougovito, ABC-Michigan, November 10, 2009

San Diego Unsafe For Pedestrians

Kenny Goldberg,KPBS- San Diego, November 10, 2009

Path to good health, less pollution is the sidewalk: report

AFP, November 10, 2009

Perhaps This is Why We Drive Instead of Walk, Bike

Zach Behrens, LAist, November 10, 2009

Pedestrians are 31% of traffic deaths

Pete Donohue, New York Daily News, November 10, 2009

Md. pedestrian death rate called higher than national average

Michael Dresser, Baltimore Sun, November 10, 2009

Taking a walk shouldn’t be a contact sport

Derrick Z. Jackson, Boston Globe, November 10, 2009

Communities try to prevent pedestrian traffic deaths

Larry Copeland, USA Today, November 10, 2009

Walk the streets of San Francisco at your own risk

Heather Knight, San Francisco Chronicle, November 9, 2009

Southern U.S. cities hazardous to pedestrians

Lisa Lambert, Reuters, November 9, 2009

Which cities are the safest for pedestrians? Which are dangerous?

Ron Sherer, Christian Science Monitor, November 9, 2009

Study finds Fla., South most dangerous for pedestrians

Michael Winter, USA Today, November 9, 2009

Pedestrian safety study ranks D.C. in middle

Ashley Halsey III, Washington Post, November 10, 2009

Study: 1-in-3 NYC traffic deaths are pedestrians

Boston Herald (Associated Press), November 9, 2009

City Streets a Mortal Threat to Pedestrians

Jason Kambitsis, Autopia, November 9, 2009

City roads deadly for pedestrians

Matt Helms, Detroit Free Press, November 9, 2009

Bay City is safe for walking; Flint, Saginaw are dangerous, new report says

Jeff Kart, (Bay City Times), November 10, 2009

Louisville ranks in top ten most dangerous places for pedestrians

Amy Stallings, WHAS (Kentucky), November 10, 2009

New Report Alleges “Epidemic” in Pedestrian Deaths, Ignores Nationwide Drop in Fatalities

John A. Charles Jr., Oregon Catalyst, November 10, 2009

Pedestrian safety: D.C. ranks No. 32

WTOP (Washington, DC), November 10, 2009

State’s pedestrians face more danger than many LR, PB highly hazardous for walkers, study says

Noel E. Oman, Arkansas Democrat Gazette, November 10, 2009

Pedestrian safety put into spotlight

Elizabeth Gibson, Columbus Dispatch, November 10, 2009

Raleigh-Cary ranks No. 6 in pedestrian danger

Bruce Siceloff, Raleigh News & Observer, November 10, 2009

Spartanburg called most dangerous county for pedestrians

Dudley Brown, Go (South Carolina), November 10, 2009

Denver among most dangerous big cities for pedestrians, report says

Denver Post, November 10, 2009

Walking is hazardous, funding is nearly nil

John Cichowski, North, November 10, 2009

Lee County may resolve to plan for pedestrians

The News Press (Florida), Gabrielle Souza, November 10, 2009

Walking to their deaths? Study ranks regions in pedestrian safety

Marni Pyke, Chicago Daily Herald, November 10, 2009

Study: Pittsburgh one of safest metro areas for pedestrians

Jon Schmitz, Pittsburgh Post Gazette, November 10, 2009

Tampa area on bad path for walkers

Ted Jackovics, Tampa Tribune, November 10, 2009

Study: Hampton Roads streets are safe for walkin’

Debbie Messina, Virginia Pilot, November 10, 2009

O.C. area more dangerous for pedestrians

Alejandra Molina, Orange County Register, November 9, 2009

LA-area pedestrians at risk, report says

Long Beach Press Telegram, November 9, 2009

Report: American Cities Dangerous for Pedestrians and Cyclists

Tuquyen Mach, WSAV (Georgia)

Cary Ranks 6th Most Dangerous for Pedestrians

Hal Goodtree, Cary Citizen, November 9, 2009

Actually safe to uphold the name of ‘Walking City’

Tony Lee, Metro International, November 9, 2009

Raleigh And Cary Rank Among Most Dangerous Cities For Pedestrians

NBC 17 (North Carolina), November 9, 2009

Inland area ranks high on pedestrian danger, study finds

Doug Begley, Press Enterprise (California), November 9, 2009

Florida Most Dangerous State For Pedestrians

Mark Huffman,, November 9, 2009

U.S. roads dangerous by design, group says

UPI, November 9, 2009

Spartanburg Ranks Third Highest in State for Pedestrian Danger Index

Connie Legrand, CBS (North Carolina), November 9, 2009

Study: Orlando Tops List In Pedestrian Deaths

NBC- WESH (Orlando), November 9, 2009

Triangle ranked deadly for pedestrians

ABC (North Carolina), November 9, 2009

Study Finds Louisville Unsafe for Pedestrians

Stephanie Crosby, WFPL News (Kentucky), November 9, 2009

Tucson ranked among most dangerous cities for walkers

Tricia Jochum, KOLD- CBS (Arizona), November 9, 2009

Study: Twin Cities Tops For Pedestrian Safety

WCCO-CBS (Minnesota), November 9, 2009

Study: Raleigh sixth most dangerous for walkers

Chris Baysden, Triangle Business Journal, November 9, 2009

Miami Pedestrians are Dead Men Walking

Todd Wright, NBC (Florida), November 9, 2009

Most Dangerous State for Pedestrians? It’s Florida, Survey Says

Attorney At, November 9, 2009

Group urges more attention to pedestrian safety

Jon Schmitz, Pittsburgh Post Gazette, November 9, 2009

San Francisco Among the Most Dangerous Cities for Pedestrians

California Chronicle, November 9, 2009

Study: Orlando No. 1 Most Dangerous City For Pedestrians

Kelli Cook, News 13 (Florida)

Report: Twin Cities have safest streets for pedestrians

Bill Salisbury, Twin Cities Pioneer Press, November 9, 2009

Lee County’s roads deadly for pedestrians

Chris Umpierre, The News Press (Florida), November 9, 2009

Study: Jacksonville Among Most Dangerous Cities For Pedestrians

Erich Spivey & Dave Wax, First Coast News, November 9, 2009

Jacksonville is fourth most deadly city for pedestrians

Larry Hannan, Jacksonville News, November 10, 2009

Study: South Florida hazardous for pedestrians

Alfonso Chardy, Miami Herald, November10, 2009

Pedestrians walking fine line on SF streets

Will Reisman, San Francisco Examiner, November 10, 2009

Louisville ranks seventh most dangerous for pedestrians

Marcus Green, Courier-Journal (Kentucky), November 9, 2009

Florida most dangerous state for pedestrians

Patricia Reaney, Reuters, November 9, 2009

Missoula, Montana rank high for pedestrian dollars

Keila Szpaller, The Missoulian, November 9, 2009

Pounding Pavement: Montana streets safer for walkers, report shows

Jennifer McKee, Billings Gazette, November 9, 2009

Montana rated a safe place for pedestrians

Jennifer McKee, Missoulian, November 9, 2009

Kansas City Region Improves in Preventing Pedestrian Deaths

Kansas City InfoZine, November 10, 2009

Walking area streets can be hazardous, report says

Brad Cooper, Kansas City Star, November 9, 2009

Why walking in Houston is hazardous to your health

Carolyn Feibel, Houston Chronicle, November 10, 2009

Study: Atlanta Dangerous for Pedestrians

Jim Burress, PBA- Georgia, November 10, 2009

NY leads US in pedestrian deaths

Tom Namako, New York Post, November 10, 2009

Police: Dangerous by Design study ‘not accurate’

NBC (Florida), November 9, 2009

Portland metro among U.S. top 10 for pedestrian safety

Dylan Rivera, The Oregonian, November 9, 2009

Why is Chattanooga Dangerous for Pedestrians?

WRCB- NBC, November 9, 2009

For walkers, Florida’s the worst

Deborah Bowden, Fox- Tampa Bay, November 9, 2009

Conundrum: Walking is Hazardous to Montanans’ Health…so is Not Walking?

Deb Courson, Public News Service, November 10, 2009

Study: SC roads some of the deadliest in nation

NBC- South Carolina, November 10, 2009

Columbia Is Safest Pedestrian City

KOMU- NBC (Missouri), November 9, 2009

Metro Atlanta 10th Worst Place For Pedestrians

Rebekkha Schramm, CBS Atlanta, November 9, 2009

Pedestrian safety ranks high in Greater Burlington

Joel Banner Baird, Burlington Free Press, November 9, 2009

Jim Nathan: Complete Streets can save lives of walkers, bicyclists

Jim Nathan, The New Press (Florida), November 10, 2009

Apparently, it’s safe to walk in Boston

Julie Donnelly, Boston Business Journal, November 10, 2009

Report: Raleigh, A Dangerous Place For Pedestrians

NBC –North Carolina, November 9, 2009

Editorial- Pedestrian safety: Portland’s walking wounded

The Oregonian, November 9, 2009

Louisville streets unsafe for pedestrians

Thomas McAdam, The Examiner, November 10, 2009

Oregon Cities Get Good Marks For Pedestrian Safety

Ryan Knutson, OPB – Oregon, November 10, 2009

KC police step up enforcement of crosswalk rules

Brad Cooper, Kansas City Star, November 10, 2009

Providence invests most in pedestrians

Ted Nesi, Providence Business News, November 10, 2009

Nevada Pedestrian Deaths Higher than National Average

NBC- Las Vegas, November 9, 2009

Florida most dangerous state for pedestrians

Patricia Reaney, Reuters, November 9, 2009

Study: Atlanta among least safe for walking

Atlanta Business Chronicle, November 10, 2009

Groups Push For Safer Streets To Walk And Bike

Red Orbit, November 10, 2009

Lee County wants to make roads safer for pedestrians, cyclists, public transit

Naples Daily News, November 10, 2009

Nearly 5,000 Americans a year killed crossing streets: study

AFP, November 10, 2009

Pedestrians beware: Study ranks Orlando worst in nation for pedestrians

Dan Tracy, David Damron & Scott Powers, Orlando Sentinel, November 9, 2009

Metro Atlanta 10th Worst Place For Pedestrians

By Rebekka Schramm, CBS- Atlanta, November 10, 2009

Burlington Pedestrian Friendly

WCAX- Burlington, November 9, 2009

Adams: City of Portland ‘committed’ to pedestrian safety

Dylan Rivera, The Oregonian, November 10, 2009

Sacramento Ranks 8th In State For Pedestrian Danger

Steve Milne, Capital Public Radio, November 9, 2009

Report: D.C. is 32nd in preventable pedestrian deaths

Tierney Plumb, MSN, November 10, 2009

Manatee’s roads deadly for pedestrians

Duane Marsteller, Bradenton Herald, November 10, 2009

Danville metro area riskiest in state for pedestrians

Danville News (Associated Press),November 9, 2009

Pedestrian friendly is cool

Larry Arnette,The Examiner, November 10, 2009

Mayor: Crosswalk Improvements Needed

Fox- Oregon, November 9, 2009