Study Ranks Nashville As Dangerous City For Pedestrians

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Study Ranks Nashville As Dangerous City For Pedestrians

CREATED May 21, 2014

by Jason Lamb

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A new study out this week said when it comes to pedestrian safety, Nashville's roads are some of the most dangerous in the country.

The report, issued by the National Complete Streets Coalition, ranked Nashville's roads as the 15th most dangerous in the country, when it comes to pedestrians. The report said roads that have been engineered for speed most often contribute to pedestrian accidents.

The Tennessee Department of Transportation said it frequently upgrades crosswalks with extra signs and signals to get drivers to see them. TDOT said it’s currently working on a statewide plan to deal with risks that pedestrians and cyclists face.

Jaywalking has specifically been a major problem for the area. NewsChannel 5 found many jaywalkers trying to cross the road along Rosa Parks Boulevard.

“Jaywalkers, that's common. I mean, people are going to walk across the street,” said Jai Muhammed, a pedestrian who often walks alongside Rosa Parks Boulevard. “Most look at the traffic, but if they're not looking they'll come on across.”

Nashville wasn't the only Tennessee city to land on the list. Memphis came in as the 5th most dangerous roads in the country for pedestrians.

Email: jlamb@newschannel5.com