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Austin Considered One of the Most Dangerous Cities to Walk In

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By looking at 104 of the largest U.S. cities and considering the overall Pedestrian Danger Index (determined by the number of pedestrian deaths) a new study ranks Austin as the 47th most dangerous city to walk in.

The study may come as a surprise to many Austinites who feel very safe walking the city, especially with increased bike lanes popping up. But part of the problem is the lack of sidewalks on busy streets. According to KXAN, “The Pedestrian Advisory Council has recommended improved cross walks, better lighting, and changes to several turn lanes…The Pedestrian Advisory Council has also recommended the city put in more sidewalks along busy streets because their crash data shows the number of people injured or killed nearly doubles when there’s no sidewalk.”

But Austin residents aren’t the only Texans who are in danger as pedestrians. In fact, it’s a bit safer than other major Texas cities. The Houston area ranks at number 15, DFW comes in at number 25, San Antonio follows up at number 28, and El Paso at 39.

The full results of the study called “Dangerous By Design” by Smart Growth America and the National Complete Streets Coalition can be read here. They explain that “between 2005 and 2014, a total of 46,149 people were struck and killed by cars while walking.”