Every intersection presents a potential accident waiting to happen. Left turns, merging off ramps, speeding through a changing light, jaywalking pedestrians – all of these contribute to the problem.
If you’re driving around Metro Vancouver, here are the five intersections with the greatest number of crashes between 2011 and 2015.
1 – Brunette Avenue at the Trans-Canada
With over 3600 crashes in the period, this busy intersection in Coquitlam is the most accident-prone intersection in all of British Columbia. With a series of on and off ramps leading to and from the Trans-Canada at the edge of a growing community, there’s a lot of traffic coming through here – and unfortunately, a lot of crashes.
2 – The Knight Street Bridge
Between 2011 and 2015, this over-water connection linking Richmond, South Vancouver, and the industrial Mitchell Island was the site of almost 2000 crashes. Most of the problems are on the north side of the bridge.
3 – Boundary Road and Grandview Highway
Our third most dangerous intersection is also where Vancouver and Burnaby intersect. Just over 1600 crashes happened here in the five year period.
4 – The Lions Gate Bridge
One of the most iconic structures in all of BC is also one of the most accident-prone. Connecting Downtown Vancouver with the North Shore, just over 1600 crashes happened here.
5 – Trans-Canada Highway at Willingdon Avenue
With just over 1500 collisions in the time period, this busy intersection close to the heart of Burnaby is the fifth on the list. A busy business park lines both sides of the Number 1 and BCIT is not far, so traffic can be heavy.
No matter which intersection you’re on, always make sure that you’re following the rules, that you’re signaling, giving lots of room to others, and be patient.
For more information
- Top Cities for Crashes by Intersection, Vancouver Sun
- Understanding Intersections, ICBC
- Cars aren’t making Vancouver traffic worse, transportation director says,Globe and Mail
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