Pedestrian deaths in the United States are at a five-year high, and four Florida cities are the most dangerous in America for those walking on the streets, according to “Dangerous By Design 2014,” a report by the National Complete Streets Coalition, an arm of Smart Growth America. The organization said pedestrians are at risk in America as a result of 60 years of auto-centric planning and transportation policies, reports Wire.
The report rates 51 metro areas by a pedestrian danger index, which indicates the likelihood of being killed. It is based on the number of pedestrian fatalities per 100,000 residents and the percent of people who commute on foot. Nearly all of the most dangerous cities are in the south, which boomed after World War II, when urban design and transit planning favored the automobile above walking, cycling and mass transit. The five most dangerous metro areas were Orlando, Tampa-St. Petersburg, Jacksonville, Miami and Memphis.