According to a new report from Transportation for America, Charlotte is the seventeenth most dangerous area for pedestrians. Transportation for America studied traffic patterns for 52 metropolitan areas with more than one million people from 2000-2009. The report indicates that 208 pedestrians were killed during this nine year period in Charlotte, accounting for 17 percent of all traffic fatalities in Mecklenburg County.
The report also indicated that Raleigh is the 13th most dangerous city for pedestrians. Charlotte and Raleigh are more dangerous than larger cities and more notorious cities with higher traffic such as Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., and New York City. The report further indicated that pedestrian safety has declined over the past decade for many metropolitan areas and pedestrian deaths have risen. Transportation for American attributes these trends to the fact that pedestrian safety is not high on the priority list of many municipalities' concerns.