Average home buyers are largely interested in the traffic situation around their new house. You want to know whether there is a subway line or how long it takes to get to the city centre. Luckily, these days, it’s really easy to get lots of information by applying statistics to a map of Toronto neighbourhoods to find out more about your new realty by taking a quick look. In today’s post, ILT will provide you with some interesting discoveries we’ve made this way.
Distance from the Subway and Drunk Driving
You’re certainly familiar with the subway system scheme. It is amazing to see how it forms the city in some aspects, while it has almost no impact in others. That is why a map depicting a 1000-metre radius from the subway stations was created, enabling us to observe the influence of the subway when combined with other data. The most striking relation I have observed exists between the neighbourhoods with the highest number of driving license suspensions for impaired driving and distance from the subway line. It’s immediately clear that only a few or no areas with high drunk driving rates are located nearby subway stations. It really seems as if the people heading out for a drink just returned home by public transport, deciding not to risk driving with alcohol in their blood. On the other hand, just to be fair, it has to be noted that some of the low drunk driving neighbourhoods aren’t at all close to the subway.
Other interesting findings relate to average annual household expenditure on transit. You can spot rather low spending in the very city centre, as downtown was designed mostly for pedestrians. The figure rises quickly in areas around downtown, where citizens are forced to use public transit. You can also spot higher transit spending in the west end north of Bloor and up as far as Eglinton than along the Danforth, but reasons for that trend remain unclear. High expenditures are also observed in some isolated patches like the York University area or parts of Mississauga and Brampton. It’s interesting to note that transit spending doesn’t really relate to the existence of a subway line — especially after a certain distance from downtown. For example, the Bloor/Danforth line west of the Humber and east of Victoria Park (and the LRT) and the Sheppard line seem to have no influence on transit spending.
Another map deals with car ownership in Toronto, using data from the 2006 census. It shows that there is a clustered area of low car ownership stretching from about Jane and Weston Road southeast along the Danforth to Victoria Park. The highest car ownership rate areas are easy to guess; they include well-off neighbourhoods such as Newmarket, Markham, and north Oakville. However, the lowest census tracts were a bit of a surprise: they are scattered around the city, including areas with both good and not so good transit connections. For example, northeast Scarborough, Morningside, Jane and Weston Road, or a cluster around St. Clair and Old Weston Road are included. Again, the subway line seems to influence car ownership along the Bloor-Danforth line; however, this relation doesn’t work for most of the YUS line, especially north of Lawrence.
All maps courtesy of thestar.com