RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) -
If you think you’re safe walking the streets of Richmond, you might want to be more careful. A new report of the most dangerous U.S. cities for pedestrians has been released, and RVA is on the list.
The Richmond region ranked 19th out of the nation’s 51 largest metropolitan regions. That’s according to the “Dangerous by Design” report released by the National Complete Streets Coalition. The report found metro Richmond is more dangerous for pedestrians than the Washington, D.C. region, which ranked 35th.
The nation’s top four dangerous cities for walkers are all in Florida. Orlando-Kissimmee was rated the most dangerous, followed by Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, Jacksonville and Miami- Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach.
The rankings were based on data collected from local commuters who walk to work. The report found from 2003-2012 more than 47,000 people died while walking the nation’s streets. In 2012, pedestrians accounted for nearly 15 percent of all traffic deaths, up from 6 percent from 2011.
When it comes to pedestrian deaths, the Richmond area ranked at a low 46 among the large metro areas. During 2003-2012, 167 pedestrians died in the region, the report said. More than 60 percent of all pedestrian fatalities occur on roads with speed limits of 40 mph or higher.
As a state, Virginia is considered the 22nd most dangerous state for pedestrians. Between 2003 and 2012, 9.7 percent of all traffic-related fatalities were pedestrian-related. During that time period, 814 people were killed while walking in the Commonwealth..