Raleigh among most dangerous cities for pedestrians

Posted November 9, 2009

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— Raleigh is the sixth-most-dangerous metropolitan area in the United States for pedestrians, according to a report released Monday.

Advocacy groups Transportation for America and the Surface Transportation Policy Partnership released the "Dangerous by Design" report to link the number of pedestrians killed each year with the limited amount of state and federal transportation money spent on making cities more pedestrian-friendly.

The Raleigh metro area, which also includes Cary, had 43 pedestrian deaths in 2007-08, or about two per 100,000 people, and 1.6 percent of residents walk to work, according to the report. That gave the metro area a "pedestrian danger index" of 128.6, compared with the national index of 52.1 and the North Carolina index of 95.8.

The four most dangerous metro areas for pedestrians, according to the report, are in Florida: Orlando, Tampa-St. Petersburg, Miami and Jacksonville. Memphis ranked fifth.

The Charlotte metro area ranked 12th in the report, with a pedestrian danger index of 1.03.


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  • howdiditgettothis Nov 9, 2009

    So right TarheelsDontLikeEdwards.

    Most "pedestrians" (and plenty of drivers) I see are too busy texting, talking or fiddling with the latest technology to be paying attention to what they're doing on the road.

    The rest of the "pedestrians" I see are usually biking up BUSY roads like Creedmoor Road, or Norwood, or Six Forks Road, and holding up a line of traffic because they are SO into THEIR exercise (and not the fact that some people are actually going to work!) Gasp!

  • rescuefan Nov 9, 2009

    "Quit blaming drivers for hitting walkers who disregard the law and do stupid things.

    Who is blaming drivers for hitting pedestrians who disregard the law and do stupid things? Most of us who have had problems had them with drivers weren't following the law and thought that their precious 10 seconds were more important than a human's life.

  • 6079 SMITH W Nov 9, 2009

    Was that North Carolina drivers (natives) or someone from elsewhere who drives in North Carolina? Moving here does not make you a North Carolina driver any more than walking into the barn makes you a donkey...unless you are ALREADY one.

  • DontLikeTheSocialistObama Nov 9, 2009

    "Pedestrians have the right of way... howmanyounces"

    In the crosswalks and at the signal light when they have a green light to cross with.

  • 5-113 FA Retired Nov 9, 2009

    Why thank you, DeathRow!

  • HowManyOunces Nov 9, 2009

    My first thought when I saw the title was "hahaha, you think?" Not that its funny pedestrians are getting hit by cars, but for some reason, most NC drivers don't really know how to drive. Pedestrians have the right of way...

  • DeathRow-IFeelYourPain-NOT Nov 9, 2009

    "As far as plain old pedestrians, it's hard to top the entertainment factor of the starving for attention, pink baseball cap, pony tail, jogging barbie wanna-bees strutting their junk up and down the I'm better than you streets of Raleigh."

    gsmith, great descriptive writing.

  • OSX Nov 9, 2009

    I just about hit a woman on Capital. A typical mid-block crossing and then looked at me like I was the problem as I drove around her. If Raleigh wants this to end, make the medians impassable with barricades. I have seen drunks have close encounters once or twice a week on Capital.

  • methinkthis Nov 9, 2009

    You get more excitement out of people if a bicyclist is hit than a pedestrian. Raleigh is extremely pedestrian unfriendly in the outlying areas. All along Capital Blvd you have residences and businesses along both sides but you need a car to safely cross Capital from one to another. The same for Falls of Neuse Rd. The scale is tipped toward rapid movement of vehicles. What is needed is over/under passes for pedestrians. These should be incorporated in designs going forward. New shopping centers should be required to include them just as they are required to include turn lanes and parking. Major intersections like Falls and Spring Forest or Spring Forest and Capital should have 'stop all traffic' cycle for pedestrian crossing. If it was safe to walk, people would do it. There are too many recent tragic examples of the dangers of people trying to do it in Raleigh.

  • NC is my home Nov 9, 2009

    The reason it's dangerous, is that pedestrians don't follow the rules--they don't necessarily have the Right of Way. Too often on the way to & from work, some idiot steps out in front of my car. If they would take the time to look at the signals, they will tell them when to walk & not walk. Too many think that the drivers will see them & stop in time. When I was 4, I was taught to look & only cross if it was safe.
    We have gone to the expense to have these pedestrian lights, even that tell them how long before the light changes. There are cross walks every few hundred feet on most streets. And we have gone to the expense to put sidewalks where the fools still walk in the medians. We’ve gone to all this expense for people who are basically uncaring fools & will do what they want.