2008 Bike Accidents Map
Just in time for the Spring cycling rush, the Toronto Star posted a new Map of the Week: Bike accidents. This map of "accidents" on the streets of Toronto gives a quick and handy guide to the cyclist-related carnage on Toronto's streets.
I haven't studied this map in great detail yet, but it doesn't look like things have changed that much from other similar maps I've seen in the past. Some typical observations on these maps:
- The core east-west streets (Bloor, College, Queen, etc.) seem to have solid patterns and high concentrations of "accidents".
- Some of the north-south streets like Bay and University look bad too.
- The number of cycling "accidents" drops quickly once you get out of the core. Most likely because the number of cyclists drops too.
- There are lots of "accidents" even when a bike lane is in place (e.g. Davenport).
- This map also confirms that there are cyclists in Scarborough (unfortunately, they have "accidents" too).
According to The Star, who saved you plenty of time by not having to click on ALL of the dots, here are the worst intersections in Toronto:
110 intersections had more than one accident (the great majority with two). Here are the top nine:
- 7 Bay and Dundas
- 7 College and Crawford
- 5 Queen and Broadview
- 5 Yonge and Dundas
- 4 Bloor and Bathurst
- 4 Bloor and Keele
- 4 Spadina and Dundas
- 4 Islington and the Queensway
- 4 King and John
Personally, for the vast majority of my riding, I actually feel pretty safe. But a map like this is a good reminder that bad things can happen. I just hope it doesn't end up scaring people away from riding.