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Traffic Fatalities in Toronto
04/05/2006

Here's a count of the traffic fatalities in Toronto over the past several years:

  • 2000: 66 (26)
  • 2001: 56 (32)
  • 2002: 97 (50)
  • 2003: 74 (43)
  • 2004: 66 (28)
  • 2005: 59 (29)
  • 2006 through April 30: 22 (12)

What's the number in brackets? That's how many of the traffic deaths were actually pedestrians getting killed by cars.

It's exactly half of the total. (220/440)

However, that 440 also includes all the cyclists who were killed over the same period. Which means the majority of people killed in car accidents in Toronto are actually people who aren't even in vehicles.

Maybe everyone knew this already, but it is pretty appalling news to me. Given that there are probably more cars on the road than pedestrians at any given moment, the stats seem to show that walking is more dangerous than driving in this city.


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