A new Transportation for America study ranked Tucson as the 25th most dangerous metro area for pedestrians. The city ranked far below the Phoenix area on the "Pedestrian Danger Index," but above Los Angeles and San Diego. The four Florida metro areas studied took the top four spots; now I know where I will not be letting my parents retire.
This map lets you zoom in to see areas of town that are particularly unsafe for pedestrians. It looks like Sixth Ave. south of 29th St. is one place you might want to be careful hoofing it, as the map shows six pedestrian fatalities on a five-block stretch of road. (The data reflect incidents that occurred between 2001 and 2009.) There are several other such areas, so the study is worth a look — and now that school's in session, please remember to look out for foot traffic.