Florida is the most dangerous state in the nation for pedestrians, according to Transportation for America. More than 5,100 people were killed while walking in the state between 2003 and 2010, and four Florida cities rated among T4A’s list of the most dangerous for walking.
But to its credit, the Florida Department of Transportation is trying to change that. A new study conducted by FDOT District 5, which includes Orlando [PDF], pinpoints the locations where pedestrians and cyclists are being struck.
FDOT researchers analyzed data on demographics, street geometries, traffic volumes, and crashes to determine the conditions that increase the risk of pedestrian injuries and fatalities. The findings aren’t exactly earth-shattering, but the exercise demonstrates FDOT’s new data-driven approach to pedestrian safety under Billy Hattaway, the top official in District 1 and the leader of the state’s safety initiatives for walking and biking.
Few state departments of transportation are systematically analyzing pedestrian safety data like this — but all of them should.
Florida DOT identified two factors that make streets especially dangerous for walking.