Our two biggest cities are among the twenty deadliest metropolitan areas for pedestrians. The Surface Transportation Policy Project, based in Washington, says Kansas City is 15th and St. Louis is 17th in pedestrian deaths for the years 2002 and 2003. The project’s “Mean Streets” study ranked 50 metropolitan areas according to a “pedestrian danger index.” The Project says walking is the most dangerous form of transportation, by far, compared to public transit, cars and trucks, and airlines. It bases that conclusion on death rates per 100-Million miles traveled.
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