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Walkability scores need to be improved in cities in the U.S.

On Behalf of | Oct 12, 2021 | Injuries |

As a pedestrian, you should know that you have the power to help prevent serious collisions. Being a pedestrian is going to become more common in sustainable cities, so it’s necessary for pedestrians and drivers to be able to share the space.

The walkability of a city like Yuma or the surrounding areas matters. Good walkability scores mean that you can get where you want to go more easily and without risk of harm. Poor walkability scores tell you that the area is difficult to walk. That might be because shops and workplaces are too far from residential areas or because the route is particularly hazardous.

Cities can focus on making safer, more walkable communities

Many of the trips that people take are walkable distances, but the hazards on those routes make it hard to elect to walk the distance rather than driving. Cities have the option of changing the way they make their layouts, which will help improve walkability scores. Driving-focused cities often see high emissions and heavy traffic, since people rely on their vehicles to get from point A to point B. In more walkable spaces, emissions and traffic fall.

If you don’t live in a very walkable area, how can you stay safe?

Cities may be focusing on adding walking paths and shops within walkable distances, but if they haven’t done that in your area yet, you can still take steps to stay safe.

If you’re going a longer distance, you could consider taking public transportation to get through congested areas. Alternatively, walking with a group helps you stand out more to other drivers, so there is a lesser likelihood of a collision.

Wearing bright colors, not using headphones or ear buds, and using sidewalks are all good options, too. Drivers, on the other hand, should always be on the lookout for pedestrians, stop before crosswalks and be aware of the chance of children or animals crossing in the area.

Walkability matters, but until it really takes hold in cities, you can take charge and reduce the likelihood of a crash by sticking to strict safety rules, like crossing at crosswalks and only walking when it’s daylight. Be cautious, so you can get to your destination.