Dangerous by Design Analysis

October 24, 2013

When the Dangerous by Design report was released in 2009 and again in 2011 with four Florida metropolitan areas ranking the worst for pedestrian deaths, excuses I heard while working at FDOT included speculation that walking was much higher represented in Florida cities because the report only looked at census Journey to Work walking trips. In order to address these concerns, I performed a statistical analysis of the Dangerous by Design scores with overall walking rates obtained from health/activity surveys and substitutes for walking rates, population density and Walkscore. The results don’t make Florida look any better.