The Texas Tribune recently noted an unfavorable statistic for the city of Houston and our pedestrians. The Tribune warned: “Houston pedestrians better cross with care.”
According to a new report from the National Complete Streets Coalition at Smart Growth America, Houston is the seventh most dangerous city in the entire nation for pedestrians. The National Complete Streets Coalition at Smart Growth America is a nonprofit that advocates for neighborhood safety.
The Tribune also noted, “Texas ranked as the 10th most dangerous state for walking commuters, with nearly 4,200 pedestrian deaths between 2003 and 2012. That’s roughly 10 percent of such deaths nationally during that time period, according to data compiled from National Highway Traffic Safety Administration statistics.”
Whether it is more people walking or more distracted or inattentive drivers, the number of pedestrian deaths has grown in recent years. In 2012, 15 percent of all traffic fatalities involved people on foot, while the total number of traffic fatalities has decreased nationally.