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Pedestrian Death Statistics — where folks are getting run over

Honda’s POLAR II pedestrian dummy eating a Honda CRV. Really.

This AP article comes with no explanation, just a list of statistics regarding pedestrian deaths in a variety of U.S. cities, based on areas with 1 million or more people ranked by average annual pedestrian deaths per 100,000 people in 2002-2003. Does this mean almost four times as many people are being run over by folks down there in St. Pete as in Cleveland? Must be the senior drivers. OK, that’s not fair to all senior drivers, but you know what I’m talking about — that little man with a hat barely peering over the steering wheel, either going 5 mph or 75 mph careening out of control. Someone take the keys away from me before I kill someone doing that…

Metropolitan areas with 1 million or more people ranked by average annual pedestrian deaths per 100,000 people in 2002-2003:

Metro Area

Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, Fla. 3.69

Orlando, Fla. 3.15

Miami-Fort Lauderdale, Fla. 2.94

West Palm Beach-Boca Raton, Fla. 2.86

Las Vegas 2.74

Phoenix 2.44

San Diego 2.33

New Orleans 2.24

Los Angeles 2.11

Sacramento, Calif. 2.08

Memphis, Tenn. 2.07

Detroit 2.03

Jacksonville, Fla. 2.02

Houston 1.97

New York 1.94

San Antonio 1.94

Greensboro-Winston-Salem-High Point, N.C. 1.90

Philadelphia 1.87

Raleigh-Durham, N.C. 1.84

Atlanta 1.83

Washington, D.C.-Baltimore, Md. 1.76

Chicago 1.67

San Francisco-Oakland-San Jose 1.61

Grand Rapids-Muskegon-Holland, Mich. 1.56

Denver 1.54

St. Louis 1.54

Dallas-Fort Worth 1.53

Buffalo-Niagara Falls, N.Y. 1.51

Oklahoma City 1.44

Nashville, Tenn. 1.40

Kansas City, Mo. 1.36

Seattle-Tacoma 1.36

New Haven-Bridgeport-Stamford, Conn. 1.35

Louisville, Ky. 1.34

Richmond, Va. 1.31

Austin-San Marcos, Texas 1.29

Portland-Salem, Ore. 1.28

Charlotte, N.C. 1.26

Hartford, Conn. 1.24

Rochester, N.Y. 1.23

Indianapolis 1.20

Salt Lake City 1.09

Norfolk-Virginia Beach, Va. 1.08

Pittsburgh 1.05

Boston 1.02

Milwaukee 1.00

Columbus, Ohio 0.97

Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn. 0.96

Cincinnati-Hamilton 0.80

Cleveland 0.65

Source: Surface Transportation Policy Project

Ford’s new “pedestrian-protection” technology. I kid you not.

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