Automobile passing horse-drawn vehicles on Eaton Road in Lambton, 1912. From the City of Toronto Archives, Fonds 1244, Item 46.
Horse traffic decreased rapidly. Traffic surveys found that 349 automobiles and 248 horse-drawn vehicles passed through the Bloor and Dundas intersection each day in 1914, but by 1925 there were 7,943 cars and only 15 vehicles under horse-power.
The automobile’s emergence as the dominant mode of travel impacted the sound and smell of the city, the pace of urban life, housing design, and patterns of street traffic (and congestion). It resulted in the introduction of new laws and traffic regulations.