New report ranks Missouri and its large cities above average for pedestrian danger

A new report on pedestrian safety in the United States ranks Missouri as more dangerous than average, with St. Louis and Kansas City even higher on the pedestrian danger index.

The report, Dangerous by Design: Solving the Epidemic of Preventable Pedestrian Deaths (and Making Great Neighborhoods), ranks America’s major metropolitan areas and states according to a Pedestrian Danger Index that assesses how safe they are for walking. An update of the 2004 Mean Streets report, Dangerous by Design was released by Transportation for America ( and the Surface Transportation Policy Partnership.

KC ranks 20 out of 52 large metro areas, and St. Louis is next at 21. Springfield, Columbia, and Joplin are all well below the national average of preventable pedestrian deaths.