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24/7 Wall St.: The Most Dangerous States for Pedestrians

3. Arizona

Pedestrian fatalities per 100,000 people: 2.28
Total pedestrian fatalities: 146
Total traffic fatalities: 762
Pct. of people who walk to work: 2.12% (14th lowest)

Pedestrian traffic fatalities are a growing problem in Arizona. Between 2008 and 2010, the rate of pedestrian deaths per 100,000 people rose from eighth highest to third highest among all states. Arizona is hardly pedestrian-friendly; the state’s cities received an average Walk Score of 28.57 out of 100, the worst score in the U.S. and the only state with an average score below 30. With a Walk Score of 6.2, Rio Rico was the least-walkable city in the U.S., tying with only Badger, Ark. The state has tried in the past to address pedestrian safety — in 2009 Arizona completed its Pedestrian Safety Action Plan report, designed to identify methods to curb pedestrian injuries and deaths.

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