Prince George’s County is the most dangerous in Maryland for pedestrians and cyclists, a report found, mostly on state-managed roads. The county needs a more data-driven, focused strategy to make its streets safe.
The report comes from the county’s Department of Public Works and Transportation, the Maryland State Highway Administration, and other safety and planning agencies. It contains lots of data, but perhaps the most effective part is a set of images of the kinds of conditions people face trying to walk in the county.
Pedestrian fatalities per 100,000 residents is not always a great metric, because it depends greatly on how many people walk. D.C.’s fatality rate per 100,000 is higher than for the state of Maryland, but the average person in D.C. walks a lot more than the average Marylander. Virginia is low because it’s less urban than Maryland, not because its pedestrian safety practices are better. (But what’s wrong with Delaware?)
[Continue reading David Alpert’s post at Greater Greater Washington.]
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