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Mean Streets

Tuesday, April 1, 1997

Mean Streets


View and Download our full report here: Mean Streets

Hundreds of millions of dollars are spent every year to make America’s roads safer, yet this investment is failing to ensure the safety of all of us who engage in the most basic form of transportation — walking. Millions of Americans walk — to school, to work, to the store, or just around the block for a little bit of exercise. Our findings indicate that from 1986 to 1995, approximately 6,000 pedestrians were killed by automobiles each year, and more than 110,000 were injured. This carnage is attributable only in part to individual misjudgment — a failure to “look both ways” as children are taught. These deaths and injuries are also the consequences of a transportation system gone badly wrong — a system focused on making the streets safe for cars instead of making communities safe for people. Indeed, people are 1.6 times more likely to get killed by a car while walking than they are to be shot and killed by a stranger with a gun.

In Mean Streets, we analyzed the failures of this system, taking a close look at pedestrian fatalities, and spending on our streets, roads and highways —the billions of dollars spent each year that frequently makes the roads less safe for pedestrians.

View and Download our full report here: Mean Streets