For the elderly, taking a stroll in Bristol is more dangerous than in almost any other town in the state.
A new study released today shows that Bristol is the second most dangerous city in the state for older residents to walk.
Three of the four pedestrians killed in the city between 2006 and 2008 were elderly, the report by the Tri-State Transportation Campaign determined. Only Waterbury proved more dangerous for seniors on foot.
Three cities tied for third – New Britain, North Haven and Norwalk. In each, two-thirds of pedestrian deaths during the three-year period involved older residents.
Mayor Art Ward expressed surprise at the report but said he couldn’t comment on it until he has a chance to review it.
Police Chief John DiVenere and Public Works Director Walter Veselka also said Tuesday they could not comment without more information.
Connecticut as a whole saw 107 pedestrian deaths during the three-year period, with 40 percent of those killed 60 or more years old, according to the study.
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