You can sleep well knowing that L.A. came in at No. 27 -- if you weigh for population and walking to work -- in a national ranking of big-city pedestrian deaths by the organization Transportation for America. Or you can wake up in a cold sweat knowing that we had the second-highest number of total fatalities in the '00s
This glass is half full: People really don't walk in L.A? But they sure die trying.
Grandma will probably get a few more strolls in on her pedometer. Unless, of course, she lives in downtown, Pico-Union or Koreatown, which look downright perilous when you see a map of walkers fatally mowed down by drivers:
Ay, dios mio.
From 2000 to 2009 there were 2,533 pedestrian deaths in L.A. metro, nearly five times the number of No. 1 Orlando but not quite as many as in metro New York (3,485).
So, in total numbers, we're No. 2 (as usual). But, weighing for population, our "average annual pedestrian fatality rate" score was 2. That, paired with a "percent of people walking to work" (you laugh) of 2.6 percent gave L.A. a low "pedestrian danger index."
Unless you live downtown.
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Transportation for American used the occasion to decry the state of pedestrian infrastructure in America. In other words, they're pissed that roads are designed without walkers in mind: T4A:
Nationwide, pedestrians account for nearly 12 percent of total traffic deaths. But state departments of transportation have largely ignored pedestrian safety from a budgetary perspective, allocating only about 1.5 percent of available federal funds to projects that retrofit dangerous roads or create safe alternatives.
So tread lightly, Angelenos.