How Bad Street Design Kills PedestriansAlissa Walker6/03/14 1:39pmFiled to: walkingpedestrian fatalitiesvision zerostreet designurbanismcities2079EditPromoteShare to KinjaToggle Conversation toolsGo to permalinkIn the United States between 2003 and 2012, one pedestrian was hit by a car every eight minutes. 676,000 of those pedestrians lived. 47,025 of those pedestrians died. That's 16 times the number of people who were killed by natural disasters like floods, earthquakes, or tornadoes during the same period.AdvertisementA new report by Smart Growth America and the National Complete Streets Coalition called "Dangerous by Design" is full of chilling statistics which prove that pedestrian fatalities are a national public health epidemic—one that we're not doing nearly enough about.Basically, our streets are killing us.AdvertisementI know what you're going to say: Streets don't kill people—cars kill people. But here's a crucial fact about cars and pedestrian fatalities in the U.S.: If you're struck by a car going 20 miles per hour, you have a 95 percent chance of living. But if that car is going 40 mph, your chances of living plummet to 20 percent. Speed, not cars per se, is what kills.Promotional message by smart growth organization Strong TownsThe problem in this country is that our streets have historically been designed for speed, to help cars go as fast as possible. Our streets are enabling our vehicles to become death machines. It's why many cities around the world are lowering their speed limits in their most densely populated areas to 20 mph.