Report Shows How Landscape Architects Can Save Lives
A new report out today from Smart Growth America in partnership with ASLA looks at the alarming epidemic of pedestrian deaths in the United States and what can be done to end it. Dangerous by Design 2016 ranks the most dangerous places for people walking by a “Pedestrian Danger Index,” or PDI, and explores who is most at risk of being struck and killed by a car while walking, including data that looks at pedestrians by age, race, ethnicity, and income.
As the report explains, changing the way we design streets is an important part of preventing people from being struck and killed while walking. Design elements like wider sidewalks, curb extensions, refuge islands, pedestrian countdown signals; midblock crossings (especially near transit stops), street trees, back-in angled parking, and smaller curb radii are all strategies that can calm traffic and protect people who are walking.
Explore the new online feature to see the full rankings of the 104 largest metro areas in the country and all 50 states, as well as interactive maps of where fatal collisions occurred.
ASLA is proud to be part of this new research and working toward keeping people safer while our walking in America’s neighborhoods. We welcome your reactions, questions, and ideas about this issue—share them on Twitter at the hashtag #DangerousByDesign.