Boston Metro Area Ranked Least Dangerous In The Nation In Safety For Pedestrians: Now, Let's Build On That.
By now, you've probably seen a number of articles about the Smart Growth America / National Complete Streets Coalition "Dangerous by Design 2014" [PDF] report, that ranked the Boston metro area the safest out of the 51 metro areas examined. This is good news and shows that our work is paying off, along with the work of the City of Boston, the Commonwealth and a number of Boston area municipalities.
But, we still have a lot of work ahead:
- The last decade has seen 476 pedestrians killed on Boston area roads, representing almost 20% of all traffic fatalities,
- Almost 7,000 pedestrians were injured during that time,
- 34 child pedestrians died in MA from 2003 - 2010.
These numbers keep us focused on a future where our streets are safe for everyone. Continuing to invest resources in making our streets safe for all users is key to ending these preventable deaths.
Please tell USDOT to get serious about pedestrian safety.
Dangerous by Design 2014 Report Map of Pedestrian Fatalities, 2003-2012
Press Release: Boston Metro Area Ranked Least Dangerous In The Nation In Safety for Pedestrians
WBUR: Boston Is Safest Metro Region For Pedestrians, Report Finds
Boston.com: Boston Area Named Safest Place for Pedestrians in US
BostInno: If You Love Walking to Work & Everywhere Else, Live in Boston
Boston Magazine: Boston’s Small, Winding Streets Are Good for Something: Pedestrian Safety
MassLive: Study: Greater Boston area rated safest place for pedestrians in United States
Action Alert: Tell USDOT to Get Serious About Ped Safety
Under the US Department of Transportation’s (USDOT) current draft regulations, states won’t be required to distinguish between different roadway users (“motorized” and “non-motorized” users in agency language). That makes for a one-size-fits-all approach, with no room for targeted strategies to improve safety for pedestrians.
Non-motorized fatalities represent 14 - 16 % of national traffic deaths — up from 12 % just a few years ago — an alarming trend hidden in the overall decrease of traffic fatalities.
Until June 9, 2014 USDOT is accepting comments on its current draft of these rules.
Remind Secretary Foxx that not everyone gets lucky like he did (see his quote above)!
Or, write about the issue in your own words and send a letter to:
U.S. Department of Transportation
M-30, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12-140
1200 New Jersey Avenue SE
Washington, DC 20590