Los Angeles was the second-deadliest American city for pedestrians over the past 10 years

Only New York had more pedestrian deaths between 2011 and 2020 than Los Angeles did. The rising deaths come despite programs in New York and Los Angeles to reduce pedestrian deaths.

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hotdoug1
hotdoug1
208 · 2 months ago · Reddit

I've noticed that if you're not walking in an ultra-heavy pedestrian zone, drivers begin to zone out and forget pedestrians altogether. I walk around a lot in Burbank solo, to the point where I get people telling me "Hey, I was driving and I saw you on the sidewalk!" because I'm literally the only person walking around, and I have to be hyper-vigilant crossing any crosswalk.

My best tip is to assume someone in a car won't give you the right of way unless you've made direct eye contact with them.

ThinkSoftware
ThinkSoftware
80 · 2 months ago · Reddit

I firmly believe if we try hard enough, we can be #1

pixelastronaut
pixelastronaut
75 · 2 months ago · Reddit

What? The city that puts up hollow, collapsable bollards to protect bike lanes? Good heavens I never thought

JimboLA2
JimboLA2
61 · 2 months ago · Reddit

Definitely noticed that it's getting more dangerous to walk here in LA - what I've noticed is that car speeds have increased - really during the pandemic lockdown to begin with, and they haven't slowed down much since. Particular danger from turning vehicles in intersections, where those turning right aren't slowing down and turning too fast, and those turning left are actually accelerating through the turn (perhaps to avoid oncoming traffic) without checking to see if there's any poor fool (like me) crossing the street. That's the biggest danger I've seen recently (those making left turns into an intersection).

Also, there's the fact that the popular high profile SUVs are just more deadly than the old sedans, specifically because where they hit you (in the chest for most people) is in the "kill" zone.

AngryScallion
AngryScallion
35 · 2 months ago · Reddit

I’m from England originally and would always just cross the street wherever there was an opening to do so. I remember being in Copenhagen visiting and thought it funny how Danes would just wait at stop signs for the green light to cross no matter how empty the roads were. A few days in LA and I made sure only to cross at designated crosswalks — drivers could just appear out of nowhere and wouldn’t give two shits if they plowed through you. This headline is no surprise.

SensitiveBridge7513
SensitiveBridge7513
28 · 2 months ago · Reddit

Imagine having the perfect climate for a biking, walking and public transportation built city yet building your city as a car dependent hellhole.

BlankVerse
BlankVerse
25 · 2 months ago · Reddit

Excerpt:

Over the past decade, only one city in the nation has outnumbered Los Angeles in pedestrian deaths.

While 1,133 pedestrians have died in crashes in Los Angeles between 2011 and 2020, New York City was even deadlier, with 1,260 pedestrians killed over the same time period, according to federal crash data analyzed by an insurance comparison company.

The two coastal cities vastly outpaced the rest of the country in pedestrian traffic fatalities — despite both cities developing bold “Vision Zero” plans aimed at ending traffic deaths in recent years.

SubstantialBerry5238
SubstantialBerry5238
24 · 2 months ago · Reddit

This doesn't surprise me one bit. Ever since the Pandemic, people drive like fucking lunatics. We have to force people to drive more safely. If anyone is interested in making LA streets safer look into https://streetsforall.org and https://healthystreetsla.com. And vote in 2024 to force the city to implement their mobility plan they promised us. It's going to be on the ballot.

TelevisionFunny2400
TelevisionFunny2400
19 · 2 months ago · Reddit

Always suspicious we're seeing https://www.reddit.com/​r/PeopleLiveInCities/ when NY and LA are the #1 and #2 answers. It'd be far more useful if they'd normalize by population or ideally pedestrian-miles walked.

flesh__pursuit
flesh__pursuit
14 · 2 months ago · Reddit

I’m 50% blind on my right eye and I have to be super hyper vigilant since use the bus in order for me to go anywhere. Especially while walking in LA. I’ve been nearly ran over four times this past week or so because of careless drivers that don’t see me. I know a lot of visually impaired people that have nearly died because of a reckless driver here in LA. I felt better walking in NYC since drivers saw me and made sure I was able to cross. Drivers here in LA don’t care

BunnyTiger23
BunnyTiger23
12 · 2 months ago · Reddit

The best is when I try to cross a street and a driver in a car making a turn doesnt make effort to see me and nearly kills me. Then it gets better when they have the audacity to yell at the top of their lungs and cuss me out.

downonthesecond
downonthesecond
9 · 2 months ago · Reddit
dekachenko
dekachenko
7 · 2 months ago · Reddit

I just came back from a short walk(5min) to my neighborhood grocery. On my way there, a pedestrian got almost run over by a car turning left full speed. Had the pedestrian not noticed the car not slowing down at all coming into the intersection and jumped out of the way in time, he would probably have been in the air.

The left turn car never slowed down even a bit, so I doubt they even realized they almost plowed through someone-or simply didn’t care.

On my way back, The same thing happened to me at the same intersection. Only this time, there conveniently was also a police car at the intersection. But of course, nothing happened.

At the end of the day, walk ultra super defensively: watch out for any cars that can potentially not see, or, care about you, and plow through you. You have no chance against a heavy metal machine propelled by explosions. I hate that we need to have this mentality when the onus should be on the drivers to be careful, but even the most safest of drivers can still have a momentary lapse in judgement or attentiveness.

Tl:dr Be safe and alive.

Diligent-Fuel2241
Diligent-Fuel2241
6 · 2 months ago · Reddit

The first and second largest cities have the first and second most pedestrian deaths.

Shocking.

NitWhittler
NitWhittler
6 · 2 months ago · Reddit

This can't be right... the band 'Missing Persons' taught me long ago that Nobody Walks in L.A.

Prudent-Advantage189
Prudent-Advantage189
5 · 2 months ago · Reddit

And disgraced Nury Martinez's city council just this year voted down a Healthy Streets ordinance that would force them to actually implement a mobility plan they themselves passed forever ago. Voters will have to decide in 2024. More years for Angelenos to suffer such high amounts of vehicular violence, safe pedestrian and bike infrastructure should be a priority! I wish the council could somehow revote on it now that so much has happened.

3j0hn
3j0hn
5 · 2 months ago · Reddit

BREAKING: SECOND LARGEST CITY IN THE US HAS THE SECOND MOST OF SOMETHING

Fuck every article like this. Pedestrian deaths are a big deal, but this sort of innumerate BS is just insulting.