Old 09-01-13, 01:33 PM
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This is useful as a starting point, but may be of limited use if not adjusted for bicycle traffic volume.

In a certain sense the safest intersections for bicycles are those with little or no bicycle traffic. They may actually be the most dangerous -- imagine crossing a 6 land divided highway without a traffic light -- but if no bicycles enter, there won't be any accidents, ie it's "safe". Conversely a well designed intersection may appear dangerous simply because of higher bicycle volume.

So while accident data can be useful, cyclists need to know that the general doesn't translate to the specific, and their chance of an accident at any intersection depends most on their conduct.

BTW- this isn't intended to make the map seem useless. It can be a good pointer to places where further investigation to the causes of accidents is warranted. Hopefully Toronto's traffic planners will use it to advantage.
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