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August 23, 2011

The most dangerous cities for walking in the U.S.

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Lizette Alvarez's August 15, 2011 New York Times front page story focused on the fact that "'So much of Florida has been built up so quickly in the era of automobile-oriented design; it's this sort of the boomer phenomenon,' said David Goldberg, communications director for Transportation for America, a nonprofit safety advocacy organization. 'The tendency there has been to build the big wide arterials; you have these long superblocks and you can get up to a good speed.'"

Wrote Alvarez, "As any pedestrian in Florida knows, walking in this car-obsessed state can be as tranquil as golfing in a lightning storm. Sidewalks are viewed as perks, not necessities. Crosswalks are disliked and dishonored. And many drivers maniacally speed up when they see someone crossing the street."

Below, a pedestrian bolts across Semoran Boulevard in Orlando.


[via the New York Times]

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I lived in the Orlando area for ten years. Pick-up truck drivers literally aimed a bike riders (me) and any hapless animal on the side of the road. I knew a guy who put a toy stuffed kitty in front of a big, sharp rock. Heh heh.

Posted by: Becs | Aug 23, 2011 6:07:30 PM

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