Dangerous by Design: Pedestrian Dangers

Between 2003 and 2012, 723 people were killed while walking in Alabama, representing 7.2% of the 10,061 traffic-related fatalities in the state during this period. Alabama’s overall Pedestrian Danger Index (PDI) is 125.19, which places it 2nd nationally. For the years 2003 to 2010, these fatalities include 49 children under 16 and 93 adults aged 65 or older.

33.1% of these people were killed on arterial roads, which are eligible to receive federal funding for construction or improvement, with federal design guidance or oversight. Arterials are often designed and operated to maximize the speed of automotive traffic and not for pedestrian safety and comfort, despite running through places where people need and want to walk.


Resource Type: Best Practices, Transportation