Is Walking Really Dangerous?
If one is scared of flying in a plane, they should also be scared of walking.
Taking into consideration the death rates per million hours of that specific type of transportation, most other forms are relatively safe.
According to ShBlog, in a post written by Harry Short, there are a variety of transportation methods available to an everyday citizen, but some are much more dangerous than others.
Most people would be surprised to find out that bus travel is actually safest, with a mere 0.011 deaths per million hours of travel. This is because the large, heavy vehicles behave differently in a crash, and the passengers feel much less of the impact when compared to a smaller passenger vehicle.
The second safest form of transportation is rail travel. There are 0.030 deaths per million hours of travel. These trains are safe for the reasons similar to buses; however, in the rare instance of trains colliding with one another, it would be a different story.
Next in line for safety is air travel. With 0.038 deaths per million hours of travel, planes are relatively safe. The most dangerous parts of flying are takeoff and landing, where human error and mechanical failure is greatest.
Many people have mixed feelings on air travel, because it is such a foreign concept to them.
“I feel comfortable with air travel,” Javan Kargel ‘17 said.
The fourth safest form of transportation is water travel [boats]. With only 0.050 deaths per million hours of travel, one can feel relatively safe on them. The things that give water travel its danger is inclimate weather, rough waters, boat-to-boat collisions, and mechanical failures.
The next safest form of transportation is van travel. With only 0.060 deaths per million hours, this is the second safest form of transportation on our roads. Vans are safe because of their size and mass, plus the drivers of vans are typically more aware.
The sixth safest is car travel. There are 0.130 deaths per million hours of motorized vehicle travel. This may seem like a small amount, but when you take into consideration the 253 million vehicles on our roads in the U.S, this is a very large number. Luckily, passenger vehicles are becoming much safer every year, especially with all of the new technological advancements.
The next on the list is foot travel, believe it or not. Coming in at 0.220 deaths per million hours, traveling by foot is more dangerous than traveling by car.
“I think walking is a pretty safe form of transportation most of the time,” Sean Riester ‘17 said.
Walking is made so dangerous because a person is such a small object surrounded by the larger vehicles. Many drivers do not pay any attention to pedestrians, and do not look out for them while turning.
The eighth safest form of transportation is by bicycle. Coming in at 0.550 deaths per million hours of travel, a bicycle is more unsafe than walking. Bicycles are unsafe for the same reasons as walking, plus the fact that one is traveling much faster.
The most unsafe form of conventional travel is by motorcycle. With a staggering 4.840 deaths per million hours of travel. Motorcycles are so dangerous because they are small, with better performance capabilities than larger passenger vehicles. It would be hard for a driver of a car to see an irresponsible motorcyclist going 120 mph through the avenue.
“A motorcycle sounds like a fun idea,” Kargel said. “As long as you are careful, anything can be safe.”