Vancouver’s deadliest intersections to watch out for this winter

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City of Vancouver warns pedestrian collisions more often during darker hours of winter months

Citing a range of causes, the city of Vancouver has warned of a recent increase in collisions involving pedestrians.

The warning comes as rainy weather affects driver visibility, more people travel to town and daylight hours are reduced due to British Colombians stepping back an hour to mark the end of summer time this weekend.

“Road collisions involving pedestrians increase dramatically at this time of year, especially at intersections,” explains Paul Storer, Director of Transportation. “We have seen a decrease in collisions involving pedestrians in 2020, but we are seeing an increase this year, including fatalities, as more people return to their regular activities.”

The city says collisions involving pedestrians are more common between 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. and during the hours of darkness during the winter months. Pedestrians are involved in less than two percent of all road crashes, but account for 60 percent of all road fatalities in Vancouver.

Almost 80% of these collisions occur at intersections and using data from ICBC, we have identified the potentially most problematic intersections.

When selected for the City of Vancouver for 2020, ICBC’s Lower Mainland Accident Map may come as no surprise. The red dots representing the number and location of collisions in the city line up almost perfectly with major roads.

The red dots representing the number and location of collisions in the city line up almost perfectly with major roads.

ICBC notes that its designation of “victim” refers to accidents resulting in injury or death. Collisions between intersections are drawn in the middle of the two closest. The following intersections and the number of accidents that occurred at or near them in 2020 are listed below:

  • 76 – Knight Street Bridge
  • 50 – Ironworkers Memorial Bridge
  • 41 – Lions Gate Bridge
  • 59 – Boundary Road and Grandview Hwy and Grandview Hwy Onramp
  • 38 – Boundary Road and Kingsway and Turning Lane
  • 33 – Clark Dr and E 1st Ave and Grandview Viaduct
  • 30 – Granville St and Marpole Ave and W 16th Ave
  • 29 – Kingsway and Knight Street
  • 29 – E 41ST Ave and Knight St
  • 26 – Granville St and West King Edward Ave

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