Pedestrians safer in D.C. area, but just a little

Pedestrians safer in D.C. area, but just a little

Every day a pedestrian is hit by a car in Montgomery County; about 450 such incidents last year. Today Transportation for America, www.t4america.org, released a study showing that the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area is less dangerous for pedestrians than seven other areas. Washington, D.C. ranks eighth in the nationwide survey in pedestrian traffic deaths.

Stewart Schwartz, Executive Director of the Coalition for Smarter Growth, which supports the White Flint Sector Plan, told the Washington Post that “the pedestrian study adds weight to the argument for integrating automobile traffic, mass transit, bicycling and walking in a master transportation plan. ‘If you look at these pedestrian deaths, you’ll find that a lot of them are along commercial corridors.'” Such as Rockville Pike. Elinor Ginzler of AARP said that pedestrians older than 65 are two-thirds more likely to be killed while walking than persons under 65. “Fifty percent of them said they would walk more if they had a hospitable environment.”

 You can read the Washington Post story here:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/11/09/AR2009110902217.html

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