Study: Phoenix-metro area 9th deadliest for pedestrians

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by Ryan O'Donnell

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Posted on May 20, 2014 at 3:36 PM

Updated Thursday, May 22 at 7:13 PM

PHOENIX -- A new study was released on Tuesday showing the Phoenix metro area places ninth on a list of most dangerous cities in the country for pedestrians. This study took a tally of all the people who were killed just walking on the streets.

The report, called Dangerous by Design 2014, was released by the National Complete Streets Coalition, a program of Smart Growth America (SGA), in conjunction with AARP and American Society of Landscape Architects.

They took data from 2003 to 2012 and found more than 800 pedestrians have died in the Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale metro area.

Linda Bierman was surprised with where we rank. She thinks it should be higher.

"It doesn't surprise me and I don't understand why people don't pay attention to the little pedestrian that's walking with the little sign so you can go across," she said.

Bierman is not alone. Another guy we talked to -- he did not want to be identified -- said he stopped counting how many times he's almost been hit by a car because it happens all of the time.

"People don't care about the pedestrians, they don't pay any attention," he said. "I was almost hit this morning and I had the walk sign. I was turning right and they almost ran me over."

According to the study, the most dangerous metro area in the U.S. is Orlando, followed by three more cities in the state of Florida. The study found the majority of deaths happened to children and people 65 years old and older.

Studies like this have not gone unnoticed. The city of Phoenix has in recent years launched a couple street projects to widen sidewalks and add crosswalks to improve pedestrian safety.

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