The State You're In: Walkers, drivers and bicyclists are all moving targets

Florida is America's most dangerous state for people on foot. This summer Transportation for America put out a report called "Dangerous by Design," and the four worst metropolitan areas in the country were Orlando, Tampa, Jacksonville and Miami.

Florida is one of America's most dangerous states for people in cars. This month CNBC compiled the 15 worst metropolitan areas for drivers. Fort Lauderdale was No. 1, Orlando was No. 2, Jacksonville was No. 11 and St. Petersburg was No. 12.

And Florida is definitely America's most dangerous state for people on bikes. In 2009, according to the most recent statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, roughly one in every six bicyclists killed in the country was killed in Florida.

The Sunshine State, these statistics seem to say, is the most dangerous place in America to . . . well, move, pretty much anywhere, and pretty much in any way.

This, being at least embarrassing and at worst an outright public safety crisis, obviously has caused our representatives to act posthaste to do whatever it takes to right these wrongs.

Wait. What?

Oh.

Sidewalks cost money, bike paths cost money, and money, you might have heard, is tight these days. So Florida Rep. John Mica of Winter Park, the chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, has proposed a transportation bill that cuts funding for bicycle and pedestrian thoroughfares.

That guy nodding in agreement is Florida Transportation Secretary Ananth Prasad. "We must give serious consideration," he said at a recent congressional hearing, "to whether, when resources and dollars are at a premium, spending money on sidewalks, bike trails, beautification and other projects like this is the most prudent use of taxpayer money."

We're on our own out there.

Michael Kruse, Times staff writer

The State You're In: Walkers, drivers and bicyclists are all moving targets 08/25/11 [Last modified: Friday, September 2, 2011 11:27am]

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