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Old 02-08-2012, 10:26 PM
 
Location: Austin, Texas, USA
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According to the Alliance for Biking & Walking's 2012 Benchmarking Report, the 10 safest cities for walking are:

1. Boston
2. Omaha
3. Minneapolis
4. Colo Springs
5. New York
6. Seattle
7. DC
8. Cleveland
9. Philly
10. San Francisco

Alliance for Biking & Walking: PeoplePoweredMovement.org
^It's a massive PDF so beware!

EDIT: Er, just realized the thread asked for least friendly...
Bottom 10 safest cities for walking are: Miami, KC, Austin, ABQ, OKC, Tulsa, Dallas, Phoenix, Jacksonville, Fort Worth

The Report also has a separate list for Safest City for Bicycling, and some of the above cities are rated much safer in that regard.

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Old 02-08-2012, 11:22 PM
 
Location: winter park florida
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Orlando, FL
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Old 02-12-2012, 08:26 AM
 
Location: 30-40N 90-100W
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The south and west tend to be more dangerous for pedestrians: Transportation For America Dangerous by Design 2011 Most Dangerous Metro Areas. My theory is that since the cities near the top are car-centric, drivers are not accustomed to accommodating pedestrians.
Interesting list.

New Orleans looks to be the least pedestrian-safe city to have over 2% of its people walk to work.

Indianapolis looks to be the most pedestrian-safe city to have less than 2% of its people walk to work.

Birmingham and Orlando are tied for walking to work, but Birmingham is listed as much lower in pedestrian-danger.
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Old 02-12-2012, 09:01 AM
 
Location: Where you aren't
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I dont care for "pedestrian friendly" How about motor vehicle friendly, I wish I could rename the topic!
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Old 02-12-2012, 01:18 PM
 
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Least ped-friendly would be any of those newer suburban style developments in the Sunbelt that were built WITHOUT SIDEWALKS!!!! Personally, I think that anywhere w/o sidewalks should be dragged up in front of the International Court of Justice in The Hague for crimes against humanity. I mean, c'mon folks. People had legs before they had cars.

I've promised myself that if I ever leave the city, I will not live anywehre where the streets don't intersect at right angles and there are no sidewalks. Civilized people do not walk in the street!
So dramatic....
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Old 02-12-2012, 03:50 PM
 
Location: IN
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I dont care for "pedestrian friendly" How about motor vehicle friendly, I wish I could rename the topic!
Most areas that I have encountered that are "motor vehicle friendly" generally aren't "pedestrian friendly." Even in suburban areas one has to walk from parking lot to strip mall. Quite often that is a risk to the safety of pedestrians.
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Old 02-12-2012, 10:07 PM
 
Location: 30-40N 90-100W
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I dont care for "pedestrian friendly" How about motor vehicle friendly, I wish I could rename the topic!
Loveland is listed as having a fair amount of cars and Fort Collins/Loveland is listed by Allstate as having some of the safest drivers. Salinas, California is on the CD list of most 4+car households and was fifteenth on Allstate's safety list.

http://www.city-data.com/top2/h20.html
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