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Georgia Sees Big Drop in Pedestrian Danger Index, But Still 10th in Nation for Pedestrian Safety


Posted on Feb 01, 2017

Only nine states are more dangerous than Georgia when it comes to pedestrian safety, according to the latest Dangerous by Design report. It is not all bad news for the Peach State, though.

The statistics show evidence of the state’s campaign to provide safer streets for pedestrians, but even with these great strides, the state has the 10th worst Pedestrian Danger Index (PDI).

What is the purpose of the Dangerous by Design report?

Dangerous by Design is a report compiled for the National Complete Streets Coalition. It scores the country’s 104 biggest cities and all 50 states based on their PDI. To do this, the report’s authors compare the number of pedestrian deaths in the area to what percentage of commuters walk to work.

By ranking cities and states, the National Complete Streets Coalition hopes to show these governments the importance of road design, planning, and construction in keeping pedestrians safe. Cities that focus on safety for all types of commuters tend to build better pedestrian infrastructure. Often, this infrastructure centers around greenways, protected sidewalks, and other features that protect commuters on foot from nearby traffic.

What do the trends show in Atlanta and across the state?

In 2016, Georgia had an average of 1.57 fatal pedestrian accidents per 100,000 residents. The report gave the state a PDI of 98.1. This is over 45 points higher than the national average PDI of 52.5.

While Georgia ranked as the tenth most dangerous state, the state also experienced the second largest drop in PDI nationwide. Georgia’s PDI dropped 5.9 points between 2014 and 2016, going from 104 to 98.1.

More than half of all Georgia’s pedestrian deaths occur in the Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell area. The Atlanta metro area ranks 26th most dangerous of all the major cities in the report, with 1.5 pedestrian deaths per 100,000 residents. The city scored a PDI of 107.2 for 2016.

Atlanta, though, has also experienced a large improvement since 2014. In fact, the metro area saw a 12.2 point decrease. The city’s PDI dropped from 119.4 in 2014 to 107.2 in 2016.

What is Atlanta doing about the dangers pedestrians face?

In the state’s capital city, the Atlanta complete streets strategy paid off big with a huge increase in pedestrian safety over 2014 results. Residents also voted to fund 15 new pedestrian-related initiatives and expand Atlanta’s bike share program through a local option sales tax last fall.

This should result in further decreases in pedestrian deaths before the next edition of the report.

The Law Office of Jason R. Schultz, PC, Pedestrian Accident Attorney

If you suffered injuries in an Atlanta-area pedestrian accident, you may be eligible to file a claim against the at-fault driver or other liable parties. Call our Peachtree City office today at 404-474-0804 to schedule a time to talk to Jason Schultz about your case.

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