Perils for Pedestrians
TV talk about safety for people who walk
A television series examining issues affecting people who walk.
We interview advocates and government planners about problems such as missing sidewalks and crosswalks, dangerous intersections, speeding traffic, and obstacles to wheelchair users and people with disabilities; and solutions to such problems.
Perils For Pedestrians appears on public access cable stations in many cities across the United States. The program is provided free to volunteers willing to act as the program's sponsor on their local public access cable station. Or view our online archive of past episodes.
We travel to Flanders, Belgium, where advocates reopened an ancient country footpath.
We look at a footpath through a parking garage in Brussels.
We visit the wide street in front of the Royal Palace.
We learn about the European Greenways Association.
We look at problems confronting pedestrians in communities like yours, and solutions to those problems from across the United States and around the world. We also look at bicyclist and transit issues.
Where can I watch the show?:
What I Can Do?
Past episodes of Perils For Pedestrians are now available on a set of DVDs. Ask how to order a set. John@Pedestrians.org
In Support of Retrofit Sidewalks
Mean Streets 1998 Children at Risk
"In fact, on a per-mile basis,
walking is more dangerous than driving, flying, or riding a
bus or train .... We found that most fatalities 69 percent
occur on neighborhood streets.
Pedestrian and Bicycle Crash Types of the Early 1990's
Approximately 6,500 pedestrians and 900 bicyclists are killed each year as a result of collisions with motor vehicles. As a group, pedestrians and bicyclists comprise more than 14 percent of all highway fatalities each year.
Synthesis of Safety Research - Pedestrians
A 1983 study by Tobey et. al.  investigated the safety effects of sidewalks. Sites with no sidewalks or pathways were the most hazardous for pedestrians, with pedestrian hazard scores of +2.6 and a PxV exposure score (i.e. exposure measure includes pedestrian volumes times traffic volume) of +2.2. This indicates that accidents at sites without sidewalks are more than twice as likely to occur than expected. Sites with sidewalks on one side of the road had a pedestrian volume and PxV hazard scores of +1.2 and +1.1, compared to scores of -1.2 and -1.2 for sites with sidewalks on bothsides of the road. Thus, sites with no sidewalks were the most hazardous to pedestrians, and least hazardous where sidewalks are present on both sides of the road.
1) H.N. Tobey, E.M. Shunamen, and R. L. Knoblauch, Pedestrian Trip Making Characteristics and Exposure Measures, DTFH61-81-C-00020, Federal Highway Administration, 1983.