Sun Belt cities — built for cars — are dangerous places to walk

According to another NHTSA analysis, the 29 biggest U.S. metropolitan statistical areas have the highest absolute numbers of pedestrian fatalities. This isn’t much of a finding, really: These cities are also the biggest population centers, and they have both more traffic and more pedestrians. But one metro area sticks out: Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach.

The four metropolitan statistical areas with the greatest relative increase in pedestrian fatalities from 2014 to 2018 were all in the Southeast. Pedestrian fatalities increased 200 percent in Austin, Texas; 81 percent in Charlotte, N.C.; 64 percent in Memphis, Tenn.; and 63 percent in Atlanta.