Raleigh among most dangerous cities for pedestrians

Posted November 9, 2009 11:15 a.m. EST
Updated November 9, 2009 12:10 p.m. EST

— 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 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.