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The Sacramento area is one of the 25 most-dangerous places for pedestrians, results of a new study show.

Sacramento ranked among 25 most-dangerous cities for pedestrians

Published: Friday, May. 23, 2014 - 7:29 am
Last Modified: Friday, May. 23, 2014 - 1:00 pm

The Sacramento region is among the 25 most-dangerous places to walk among U.S. metropolitan areas, according to an urban design organization.

The Sacramento-Arden Arcade-Roseville population areas came in at No. 23 in a “pedestrian danger index” from Smart Growth America. The region received a score of 81 in the ranking.

That’s still much better than the worst region: Orlando-Kissimme, Fla., which earned an index score of 244.

The group’s Smart Growth America report notes that although Americans are doing plenty of walking to get from place to place and to exercise, poor planning has resulted in cities that pose danger for pedestrians.

Communities, especially those in the Sunbelt South, top the list of most dangerous communities. They grew in the post-World War II period and feature many low-density neighborhoods with wider streets and higher speeds.

The less dangerous regions tend to be more compactly developed and place more emphasis on pedestrian safety.

Top 25 most-dangerous metro areas in the U.S, ranked by Pedestrian Danger Index:

1. Orlando

2. Tampa

3. Jacksonville

4. Miami

5. Memphis

6. Birmingham, Ala.

7. Houston

8. Atlanta

9. Phoenix

10. Charlotte-Gastonia-Concord, N. C-S.C

11. Detroit

12. Dallas

13. Las Vegas

14. Riverside

15. Nashville

16. Raleigh-Cary N.C.

17. Louisville

18. San Antonio

19. Richmond, Va.

20. Oklahoma City

21. Kansas City, Mo.-Kan.

22. New Orleans

23. Sacramento-Arden Arcade-Roseville

24. Austin

25. Indianapolis

Call The Bee’s Bill Lindelof, (916) 321-1079.

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