A new report finds Fresno the 26th most dangerous place for pedestrians in the U.S.

published on January 23, 2019 - 1:13 PM
Written by The Business Journal Staff

Crossing the street in Fresno may not be as safe and simple as one might think, according to a new study that ranks the city in the top 30 on the “Pedestrian Danger Index” in the U.S.

According to a new report entitled “Dangerous by Design” by Smart Growth America, a nonprofit dedicated to urban planning and metropolitan issues, there were 209 pedestrians killed in Fresno between 2008 and 2017. This amounts to 2.17 deaths per 100,000 people, making it the 26th deadliest metro area for pedestrians in the United States and the second deadliest in California.

The deadliest in the state, Bakersfield (and the seventh deadliest nationally), experienced 247 deaths in the same span of time, or 2.83 per 100,000.

Of the top 10 deadliest places, eight of them were in Florida, including the top six. At the top was the Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford metro area, which had 656 deaths in total.

Smart Growth America’s findings showed that 2016 and 2017 have been the deadliest years in that decade, with 6,080 and 5,977 people in the United States killed, respectively.

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