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“Because we’re a state that had a lot of development in colonial and post-colonial times, cities and towns grew up around walkable, higher density town centers,” said Wendy Landman, senior project manager at Walk Boston. “In some cases, these cores lost a lot of people, but they didn’t lose their framework. Now, they are ripe for being reinvigorated.”
A new report released by an urban planning group found the Greater Boston region to be the safest in the country.
The report, released by the group Smart Growth America, contends that the street design of many Boston roads and places has drastically reduced the number of pedestrian deaths in the area while improving the experience of walking.
Smart Growth America calculated that Boston's pedestrian danger index was the lowest in the country, effectively ranking Boston ahead of other northeast urban centers like New York and Washington, D.C.
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The, uh, quirky design of our city streets here in Boston elicits a lot of complaints from a lot of groups: tourists trying to find their way around, drivers who don’t want to share the road with cyclists, cyclists who want things like protected bike lanes, etc. But the city of paved cow paths is good for one group: pedestrians.
People may not consider Boston one of the most pedestrian-friendly cities in the country, and for good reason. The streets are narrow, windy and difficult to navigate via any means of transportation. The drivers have something of a spotty reputation, and some people will do anything to avoid public transportation. A new study, though, alludes that these actually work in Boston's favor, and make it one of the best cities for walking.
The Boston metro area is the safest place in the country for pedestrians, according to a report out Tuesday from the advocacy group Smart Growth America.
Among the 51 largest U.S. metropolitan areas, the Boston region — which stretches from Quincy to southern New Hampshire — had the lowest number of pedestrian deaths relative to the number of people who walk to work.
The report says there were 476 pedestrian fatalities between 2003 and 2012. WalkBoston, an organization that aims to make walking safer and easier in Massachusetts, says that while the region is ranked No.