The number of pedestrian fatalities is falling even as ... The number of pedestrian fatalities is falling even as more Americans take to commuting on foot (Getty).
A recent study by Liberty Mutual Insurance found Seattle to be the safest city in America for pedestrians. The Emerald City has 108,000 residents traveling by foot or bike everyday, and less than ten pedestrian deaths each year. While a crunchy west coast city topping the list isn't overly shocking, the rest of the safest cities may surprise you.

Coming in at number two is Boston, a city known for it's dangerous roads and high accident rates. Interestingly, Boston is the second most dangerous city in America for cars, but not necessarily for the humans behind the wheel or on the sidewalks. Bostonians crash every 4.4 years, according to Allstate's 'America's Best Drivers' study, but drivers in Massachusetts have the lowest rates of dying in those crashes in the nation.

The same goes for Washington, D.C. Drivers in the nation's capital crash every 5.1 years, but the city ranks second for survival in those in car accidents, and third for pedestrian safety.

San Francisco and New York round out the top five. Like all of the cities that made it on Liberty Mutual Insurance's list, New York is proactively working to improve pedestrian safety. Mayor De Blasio's 'Vision Zero Action Plan' has the goal of eradicating pedestrian traffic deaths, though drivers who kill pedestrians still face shockingly lenient penalties. Last year 290 pedestrians died in the city, according to the New York Times.

There's more good news on the horizon for carless commuters. A report released earlier this year showed pedestrian deaths fell 8.7 percent in the first half of 2013 compared with the first half of 2012 -- the first drop in four years. There were 190 fewer fatalities in 2013, according to the Governors Highway Safety Association, which compiled the report. In the first half of 2013, there were 1,985 fatalities, according to GHSA, compared with 2,175 over the first half of 2012. Overall, there were 4,743 pedestrian deaths in 2012, the year with the latest available data. This accounted for 14.1 percent of all traffic fatalities.

This decrease in pedestrian deaths is encouraging, especially considering the pedestrian population in America is rapidly growing. Twenty-four million more people have taken to the street since 2005.


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