Walk at Your Own Risk
Here's a sobering statistic: between 2008 and 2017, drivers struck and killed 49,340 people who were walking on streets all across America — more than 13 people per day according to Dangerous by Design 2019, a study of pedestrian fatalities on America's roadways from Smart Growth America. While some cities are great for walking, most are built for cars, not pedestrians. "We build our roads the same way they've been built for 70 years, to prioritize high volume and high speed of cars," said Emiko Atherton, Smart Growth America's director of the National Complete Streets Coalition. Here are the 20 most dangerous metro areas, ranked from least to most treacherous, for pedestrians.