Hundreds Of Thousands Of Americans Have No Car, No Access To Transit


Here is an interesting juxtaposition of stories; Kaid Benfield at NRDC Switchboard picks up on a study about how dangerous it is to be a pedestrian in America. He quotes Transportation for America:

In the last decade, from 2000 through 2009, more than 47,700 pedestrians were killed in the United States, the equivalent of a jumbo jet full of passengers crashing roughly every month. On top of that, more than 688,000 pedestrians were injured over the decade, a number equivalent to a pedestrian being struck by a car or truck every 7 minutes.
And you can't call them "accidents". The report notes:

Children, older adults, and racial and ethnic minorities are disproportionately represented in this figure, but people of all ages and all walks of life have been struck down in the simple act of walking. These deaths typically are labeled "accidents," and attributed to error on the part of motorist or pedestrian. In fact, however, the majority of these deaths share a common thread: they occurred along "arterial" roadways that were dangerous by design, streets engineered for speeding traffic with little or no provision for people on foot, in wheelchairs or on bicycles.

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Image credit transportation in America

Kaid then finally weighs in on the case of Raquel Nelson, the Mom Charged With Vehicular Homicide For Crossing Street After Kid Killed By Hit-and-Run. This accident happened in Atlanta; Tyler Falk at Smart Planet picks up on another study from the Brookings Institution that lists Atlanta as the worst city in America at providing transit for its car-less citizens. 37,634 Atlantans have marginal to nonexistent transport, and they wonder why Raquel Nelson didn't walk half a mile to use the lights.

The same cities with the worst transit coverage also happen to show up on Kaid's list of the worst cities to walk; they are primarily southern and sprawling; the victims are disproportionately poor and black or latino. I wonder how that happens.

More on urban design for death:
Communities Designed For Cars Aren't Just Unsustainable, They're Deadly
Mom Charged With Vehicular Homicide For Crossing Street After Kid Killed By Hit-and-Run
More On The "Criminalization of Walking" and Death By Design

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