Fresno, Bakersfield among the many nation’s deadliest cities for pedestrians

The deadliest areas for pedestrians were identified for this year’s study “Dangerous By Design”. The list includes Fresno and Bakersfield.

Bakersfield ranked second on the list with 260 deaths from 2010 to 2019, resulting in a hazard index of 293.

The 235 pedestrian deaths in the city of Fresno during this period represent 2.4 annual pedestrian deaths per 100,000 people and a pedestrian hazard index of 149.4.

Fresno thus landed in 21st place in the study’s ranking.

Another California city that was on the list was Stockton-Lodi, number 15 with 187 deaths and an index of 168.

“Nobody is doing well,” said Rayla Bellis, program manager at Smart Growth America and one of the study’s lead authors.

“Just because a place doesn’t make the top 20 list doesn’t mean they won’t experience these tragedies in their communities,” Bellis said. “Most places have been worse off since the last issue of this report [2019]. ”

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