Suburbs saw drastic changes to pedestrian activity in 2020: report

Dive Brief:
A series of Florida metropolitan areas saw the highest rate of pedestrian activity in 2020, according to a StreetLight Data analysis of the 100 largest U.S. cities. Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL; Cape Coral-Fort Myers, FL; and Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville, FL topped the list.

Walking in city centers or downtowns remained high throughout the pandemic, and fluctuated just 10% compared to 2019. But the rate of pedestrian activity outside of city centers saw the most dramatic changes in 2020 compared to 2019, with some pedestrian activity increasing or decreasing by 50%.

In the Orlando area, for example, pedestrians were 19 times more likely to be hit by a driver in the surrounding Holden Heights area compared to Orlando’s city center.