Santa Monica has been cheering a recent poll suggesting that it's . But there's another story to be told: A large number of pedestrian deaths and injuries regularly happen here.
A national advocacy group, Transportation for America, mapped out the pedestrian deaths that occurred in the country from 2000-09. More than 47,000 pedestrian deaths were recorded across the U.S., with 2,079 of them in Los Angeles County. The greater Los Angeles metropolitan area was ranked #27 in a list of the 52 most-dangerous areas for pedestrians nationwide.
The map, which can be viewed here, lists 24 pedestrian deaths as having occurred in Santa Monica during that 10-year period. The majority of the victims were elderly, but the list also includes people in their 20s, 30s, 40s and 50s.
The fatalities are as follows:
• 800 block of Pacific Coast Highway: 44-year-old woman killed on Sept. 24, 2008
• Montana Ave., between 16th St. and 17th St.: 83-year-old man killed on July 19, 2002
• Idaho Ave. and Fourth St.: 90-year-old man killed on May 2, 2007
• California Ave. and 10th St.: 85-year-old man killed on Nov. 13, 2002
• California Ave. and 18th St.: 82-year-old man killed on Dec. 15, 2009
• Wilshire Blvd. and Berkeley St.: 91-year-old woman killed on Oct. 6, 2007
• Arizona Ave. and Fourth St.: 78-year-old man killed on July 16, 2003
• Santa Monica Blvd. and Second St.: 48-year-old man killed on July 1, 2001
• Santa Monica Blvd. and Euclid St.: 80-year-old man killed on Jan. 24, 2007
• Broadway Ave. and Ocean Ave.: 70-year-old man killed on July 30, 2002
• Colorado Ave. and Second St.: 40-year-old woman killed on Mar. 7, 2007
• Colorado Ave. and 16th St.: 79-year-old woman killed on Dec. 1, 2007
• Olympic Blvd. and Fifth St.: 50-year-old woman killed on Sept. 9, 2006
• Olympic Blvd. and 16th St.: 33-year-old man killed on Dec. 31, / 2004
• Olympic Dr. and Fourth St.: 40-year-old man killed on Dec. 20, 2002
• Michigan Ave. and 10th St.: 84-year-old woman killed on May 14, 2008
• Seaview Terrace and Ocean Ave.: 24-year-old woman killed on July 6, 2001
• Pico Blvd. and Neilson Way: 47-year-old woman killed on Apr. 29, 2005
• Pico Blvd. and Fourth St.: 65-year-old woman killed on Feb. 11, 2005
• Pico Blvd. and 14th St.: 86-year-old woman killed on May 30, 2001
• Grant St. and Lincoln Blvd.: 40-year-old man killed on July 31, 2001
• Pearl St. and 11th St.: 56-year-old woman killed on May 27, 2009
• Ocean Park Blvd. and Lincoln Blvd.: 60-year-old man killed on May 21, 2008
• Ocean Park Blvd. and 25th St.: 68-year-old man killed on Sept. 21, 2006
(View the map on the right for a layout of where the deaths occurred.)
The list doesn't include the more recent deaths of pedestrians at Wilshire Blvd. and Chelsea (24-year-old woman killed on June 18, 2011); Ocean Ave. and Arizona Ave. (66-year-old man killed on Feb. 15, 2011); and Wilshire and 10th (66-year-old man killed on Dec. 23, 2010).
The list also doesn't include the .
The full Transportation for America report notes that 12 percent of total traffic accidents involve pedestrians and suggests that the main cause of pedestrian deaths are roads that are poorly designed for pedestrian safety.
It makes a number of recommendations on how to fix the problem, including expansion of sidewalks, trails, and bike lanes, as well as prioritizing walkers and de-prioritizing the speed of traffic in designing side streets and connector roads.
Which intersections and roads do you feel are most unsafe for pedestrians in Santa Monica? .
Correction: Montana Ave. and the Pacific Coast Highway do not intersect.