One area of the city that’s seen the largest amount of growth in the past decade has also been named one of the deadliest places in America for pedestrians. WSB reported on the study and where it is.
Smart Growth America looked at the pedestrian death numbers for the past decade and found that the Sandy Springs/Alpharetta area is the 19th deadliest place in America for pedestrians. They looked at the number of people hit and killed while walking. Overall, Atlanta is not very pedestrian-friendly according to the study.
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The study also revealed other things that should give walkers pause. For instance, the number of fatal pedestrian accidents has increased 45% over the time span in the study. Older Americans and Black Americans are more likely to be hit by a car. Also, lower income areas have higher rates of pedestrian deaths.
Alpharetta has seen some tragic pedestrian crashes. Notably, a woman was struck by an SUV in 2018 after leaving a MARTA bus and crossing the street. There was a push by the Alpharetta City Council to put crosswalks at MARTA stop locations to make them safer.
We all have a responsibility to use the roads safely, but pedestrians have more to lose in an accident with a car. Please take the time to look out for vehicles, walk on the correct side of the road, and wear clothing that makes you more visible.
Were you hurt in a pedestrian accident? Get the Strong Arm to help you out. Contact John Foy & Associates.