Phoenix Named Among Most Dangerous Cities for Pedestrians

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National Complete Streets Coalition
A map of every pedestrian fatality around Phoenix since 2003.


Out of the largest metro areas in the country, the Phoenix metro area is one of the most dangerous for pedestrians.

Recently released National Highway Traffic Safety Administration statistics show Phoenix is near the top in pedestrian deaths, but that's partly because Phoenix is one of the biggest cities in the country by population. The National Complete Streets Coalition, a collection of trade groups, has now compared metro areas to compare the likelihood of a pedestrian being killed by a motorist -- and Phoenix is still near the top.

See also:
-Phoenix Has the Sixth-Most Pedestrian Deaths in the Country
-Phoenix Has More People Walking to Work Than Five Other American Cities

The coalition -- backed by groups like AARP and the American Planning Association -- compared pedestrian deaths with rates of walking to determine how dangerous a given area is for pedestrians. Seeing as Phoenix has a relatively high number of pedestrian deaths, even when adjusted for population, plus a low rate of people walking every day, it's ranked as the eighth most-dangerous metro area for pedestrians.

Even in other spots around Arizona, pedestrian death rates were fairly high compared to the rest of the nation.

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The Lake Havasu-Kingman area has had more pedestrian deaths per 100,000 residents (2.39) over the last decade than Phoenix (1.86), and Flagstaff has had twice as many deaths per 100,000 residents (5.67) as the Lake Havasu-Kingman area.

Seeing as the National Complete Streets Coalition was formed to advocate for "complete streets" -- street designs that keep pedestrians and cyclists in mind as much as they do drivers -- that's what the report advocates to lower pedestrian deaths.

One such example noted in the report is First Street and Pierce Street in Phoenix, just north of Arizona State University's downtown campus.

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Gavan and Barker, Inc.


In the last couple of years, the unused roadway has since been edged off with a curb, and the new non-road space has been filled in with planters and trees to separate from the sidewalk, which was widened during the project.

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Carole Magary
Carole Magary

Thats your excuse???? A car city???? Idiots and worst drivers ever!

Jennifer Gee
Jennifer Gee

i always see pedestrians jay walking like 10 ft from the crosswalks. so... if we almost hit them it's because they're incredibly illegal and stupid.

Patrick N. Smith
Patrick N. Smith

Yeah, I used to walk to work most days, and never even came close to being hit....sounds a bit unrealistic to me. I see a lot of 'aggressive jaywalking' as if the folks have a chip on their shoulder, or trying to prove something. Folks, you cannot win in a tangle with a 4000 lb. automobile!

Kim Mirs
Kim Mirs

I believe it, i don't drive and cross the street in the crosswalk and i almost get hit by a car at least twice a day. This is the intersection of 32nd st and Thunderbird. I see so many people on their cell phones and i feel safer jaywalking,at least i can control when i cross.

Sarah Berl
Sarah Berl

If you think phonecians jay walk go to Boston. No one listens to crosswalks there and that city is one of the safest for pedestrians. It has nothing to do with cross walks and everything to do with this poly centric car addicted selfish attitude....

Alex Johns
Alex Johns

Like 100% totally or just say 95-98% totally?

Alex Johns
Alex Johns

. . . almost get hit on a daily basis. . .? I think that may be slight exaggeration. Or you may want to change to travel habits.

Jim Grant
Jim Grant

"Always been" implies that that is acceptable!!! When the opposite should be the accepted norm. It is the cars and lack of walking around neighborhoods and mass transit alternatives, where people learn to get along with one another, that is destroying this city. Your flippant remark NT is part of the problem. Not the solution. When people get their fat asses out of their cars, only then does Phoenix ever have a chance a world class status! And there are plenty of small but incredible examples that probe this.

Cris Cross
Cris Cross

Now the idiots stop a car length away from the line at the light avoiding the sensors in the ground making the lights stay red longer. Where do people get such stupid ideas.

Cris Cross
Cris Cross

Drivers and walkers alike. All think everyone will go around them because they own the path they follow. The only way to stay out of a wreck is to be the one paying attention.

Patty Tusay
Patty Tusay

In the 70's it was the law that cars had to stop dead when someone put their foot in the road. The safest pedestrian town in the US. Wth happened?

BT Carlos
BT Carlos

Drivers in this state drive like jackasses, every single one of you. You roll stops, you run reds, you don't observe crosswalks, you don't look right before turning right. We won't even get into distracted driving.

Marco Cruz
Marco Cruz

Bikers in this state drive like jackasses!

Emanuel Gonzalez
Emanuel Gonzalez

Of course it's dangerous for pedestrians, they can dehydrate in just a few minutes of walking pretty much anytime from June-September.

Niki Toland
Niki Toland

The extra 10 minutes it would take to walk to an actual crosswalk is just too much for some people. It's like pedestrians are playing Frogger out there.

Jr Labrada
Jr Labrada

Too many dumb asses crossing the street & get hit..when the light is 20-30 ft away..

Sonia Habibi Angel Garcia-Salih
Sonia Habibi Angel Garcia-Salih

i agree!!!people don't pay attention!!!Drivers and Pedestrians even when im careful or i see Drivers/Pedestrians Not Following The Rules

lennygarbo
lennygarbo

Only about forty years ago, Phoenix was described as the "safest city in America to walk-but nobody does."

wtf...
wtf...

I thought a report came out last week, saying phoenix had the least walkers and bike riders...???

bunnywhiteboots
bunnywhiteboots

In a city full of dumbfuck, sweaty hillbillies, shouldn't you be expecting a disproportionate amount of everything bad? ps. when somebody holds a door open for you idiots, the proper response is a thank you, not the complete lack of acknowledgement that you droolers routinely display.

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

Now let's see a study that corrects for percentage of pedestrians who are under the influence or mentally challenged.

Mentally normal, healthy and sober people probably constitute a smaller percentage of pedestrians in the Valley than in most metropolitan areas, since they are more likely to drive whenever they're doing more than walking around the block.


valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@wtf...  

The two aren't mutually exclusive.  In fact, having few pedestrians probably makes it more dangerous for those few, because (A) those few who walk when most are driving are not likely to be the most conscientious people, and (B) drivers aren't as used to seeing them.


valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@bunnywhiteboots  

So tell us, genius, how large is the sample by which you're judging us to be "dumbfuck sweating hillbillies", and how fucking childish is it to get upset because somebody didn't say thank you?

Is that why you're holding doors open?  So we'll recognize what a great person you are?  If so, maybe you should just wear a sign, instead.



danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

@valleynative i dont know bud. i go through about $100 in gas every day (lots of driving) and from what i have seen............i really dont think any of the blame lays on the pedestrians or cyclists. maybe its just me, but i really think its the drivers and their ignorance. this state has got some god awful drivers (i am sure every state is just as bad, i just have been driving out here for a long time and havent done much driving in other states much lately) everyone seems to be on the cell phone, texting, not signaling, cutting others off and many other bad driving habits. 

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@bunnywhiteboots  

And, I suppose I should add that I routinely hold doors for people, and am almost always thanked for it.  Is there some particular part of the Valley where your service is not being appreciated?

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