Update: See previous post highlighting the Greater Toronto Area’s (GTA’s) nine (9) most dangerous intersections for cyclists.
Toronto Police Services (through their Traffic Services division) have reviewed the 1500 accidents between motor vehicle and pedestrians in 2008 in the GTA and was able to develop a top “10” list of the most dangerous known intersections in the GTA.
The list, released by Traffic Services, highlights the GTA’s ten (10) most dangerous intersections for pedestrians (where injuries or deaths have occurred by vehicles making right turns and coming into contact with pedestrians).
Police narrowed the list down to 10 from over 2,200 intersections in the GTA, based on three criteria:
1. vehicles making right turns;
2. pedestrians crossing with and without the right of way; and
3. collisions that resulted in serious injury, hospitalization or death.
The ten (10) most dangerous intersections for pedestrians in the GTA are as follows:
1. Bathurst Street & Finch Avenue West
2. Birchmount Road & Sheppard Avenue East
3. Bathurst Street & King Street West
4. McCowan Road & Sheppard Avenue East
5. Yonge Street & Finch Avenue East
6. Sheppard Avenue East & Parkway Forrest Drive
7. Dundas Street West & Spadina Avenue
8. Weston Road & Finch Avenue West
9. Gerrard Street East & Main Street
10. Bloor Street West & Lansdowne Avenue
In 2008, 27 of 54 traffic fatalities were pedestrians. To date, this year, 39 traffic fatalities have been recorded in the city, 26 of them were pedestrians.
Apparently cyclists and pedestrians in Toronto aren’t very safe and are at risk of injury or death while travelling in or around particular intersections in the GTA. Deaths or injuries occur most frequently while motor vehicles are turning right at intersections and the motor vehicle comes into contact with a cyclist or a pedestrian.
January 21, 2010 – 10 pedetrian fatalities in 9 days.
April 19, 2010 – U of T students believe walkway in the air could save lives of pedestrians.