KC is 20th most dangerous city in the U.S. for pedestrians

The Kansas City metropolitan area is the 20th most dangerous place in the country for residents who brave the roads on foot, a report released Thursday said.

The area's sprawling boundaries and high number of big, fast roads contribute to its pedestrian traffic deaths . . .

Kansas City is in the middle of establishing a "Walkability Plan" for the city, a process begun last year. . . .

The project takes to task state transportation departments, because they control how most federal transportation money is spent. The process "often results in wide, high-speed arterials," because that's what the departments are most familiar with, the report said.

Kansas and Missouri highway officials disagreed. Both states' transportation departments have staff members who work with local communities to develop pedestrian and bike paths, spokesmen said.

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