Map of the Week: Pedestrian accidents
|CHARLA JONES/TORONTO STAR|
This week, we look at 2008’s pedestrian accidents. A total of 1,932 were reported to police last year.
Outside the downtown core, pedestrian accidents are concentrated on Eglinton between Brimley and Markham Rd., Sheppard between Kennedy Rd. and Warden, Yonge between Steeles and the 401, and Mount Pleasant south of Eglinton.
Here are the top eight intersections for pedestrian collisions:
9 BATHURST and KING
6 BLOOR and LANSDOWNE
5 CHURCH and JANE
5 COLLEGE and SPADINA
5 JANE and WILSON
5 KEELE and LAWRENCE
5 LAWRENCE and MARKHAM
5 STEELES and YONGE
For local areas, the map works best at the highest or second-highest magnification.
The larger numbers involved forced a different presentation from last week’s bike collision map. This map only shows locations where two or more pedestrian accidents happened during the year, with circles of different sizes indicating the number.
I tried mapping all the accidents, but the map looked like this:
If you don't mind the visual clutter, a map showing single accidents is here.
It works best at the highest magnification and needs some patience, but does add new information. For example: Mount Pleasant between Roehampton (a block north of Eglinton) and Balliol (a block north of the cemetery) had 11 pedestrian accidents last year, or about one per 100 metres of roadway. Roncesvalles between High Park Boulevard and Queen also had more than I would have expected - eight, or one for every 112 metres of roadway.
What patterns do you see? Let us know in the comments.