Smart Growth America’s “Dangerous by Design 2014” report ranks metropolitan areas and states by the Pedestrian Danger Index, “which shows the relative likelihood in a given area of a person on foot being hit by a vehicle and killed.”
According to Smart Growth America, “The PDI is based on the share of local commuters who walk to work — the best available measure of how many people are likely to be out walking each day — and the most recent five years of data on pedestrian fatalities.”
The Austin area ranks No. 23 out of all 53 metro areas with populations of more than 1 million. About 1.8 percent of people walked to work between 2008 and 2012, and there were 1.44 pedestrian deaths per 100,000 people annually during that time.