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Thursday, May 15, 2014

Dangerous By Design






On Tuesday, May 20, 2014 Smart Growth America’s National Complete Streets Coalition (http://www.smartgrowthamerica.org/complete-streets) will release Dangerous by Design 2014, a report that brings attention to the national epidemic of pedestrian fatalities and the decades-long neglect of pedestrian safety.


This listing was last updated in 2011.  At that time, Nashville was ranked the 14th worst city in the US for pedestrian safety.














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The 2014 edition 'will rank the country’s major metropolitan areas using a Pedestrian Danger Index, which assesses the likelihood that a person walking will be hit by a driver of a vehicle, and by looking at overall percentage of traffic deaths suffered by people walking'. In addition, it will make specific recommendations at the national and state levels to improve safety, including Complete Streets practices that ensure streets are built and operated for the safety of all road users.

I strongly encourage you to view Nashville's ranking when it comes out May 20th, 2014 (next Tuesday, at http://t4america.org).

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Nashville has recently had a lot of fantastic press - being the 'It' city - but we have a long way to go in regards to infrastructure.  Most notably, when it comes to sidewalks, we are lagging far behind other cities.  Come May 20th, we will have another view of how far behind we might be…

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Shade Parade Nashville is dedicated to increasing walkability in Nashville through high quality well designed sidewalks.


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Sources:

http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2011/08/12/us/most-dangerous-cities-for-walking.html?ref=us

http://t4america.org

http://www.smartgrowthamerica.org/tag/dangerous-by-design/

http://t4america.org/2011/08/24/photos-of-dangerous-streets-have-been-streaming-in/

http://t4america.org/2011/05/27/newspapers-across-the-country-call-for-increased-pedestrian-safety-following-dangerous-by-design-rankings/



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