Which Areas of Salt Spring Had the Most Accidents between 2015 and 2019?

Well, it's probably a surprise to no one, that the most heavily travelled, and you could also say one of the most poorly built main roads of any community in the Southern Vancouver Island/Gulf Islands area is... Fulford-Ganges Road.

This one road on Salt Spring has racked up the most number of car related accidents causing injury, fatalities and/or property damage.

ICBC Accident Data 2015-2019

The recently released data from ICBC compiling all available self reported accident data from 2015-2019 shows that the main road of our island is in need of significant safety improvement, especially as it relates to cycling related accidents.

Other hot spots and the worst area in town for accidents include the crosswalk intersection at Lower Ganges Road and Rainbow Road. An area now under construction that will improve sidewalks, the crosswalk and lighting in the area.

Lower Ganges Road and Rainbow Road

Other areas in the North End that have chronic crash related challenges are the intersection at Central, which still records fairly high accident volumes even after the intersection was converted from a 2-way stop to a 4-way stop. The intersection at Lower Ganges Road and Crofton/Park Drive also appears to be particularly problematic with sloping entries, and some poor sightlines when getting onto the main road.

Lower Ganges Road and Crofton/Park Drive

The location with the highest number of accidents in the Southend is in the village of Fulford at Fulford-Ganges Road and Morningside. An area where high local and visitor traffic meets an area with no sidewalks, narrow shoulders, poorly marked lanes and high concentrations of parking.

Fulford-Ganges Road and Morningside

Top 10 Accident Areas 2015-2019

This data comes courtesy of ICBC and is current as of April 4th, 2020. The data excludes crashes in parking lots and accidents that involved parked vehicles. Crash location is self reported and not always verifiable. Check out all the data for yourself and drive safe and kindly Salt Spring Island!

July 31, 2020 8:29 AM

Community Comments

  • Avatar SSIDancer says:

    I would think that the main roads of any community are where the most motor vehicle incidents occur. The incidents are caused by operator error not the roads as this article suggests.

  • Avatar Mike says:

    I completely disagree. Not operator error but poorly made and maintained roads.

  • Avatar SSIDancer says:

    Well then if roads cause motor vehicle incidents then how come dept. of highways are not in court instead of the operators?

  • Avatar Mike says:

    Plausible deniability

  • Avatar SSIDancer says:

    hahahahahahahahahaha.................think thats more of a reflection your position.

  • Avatar Brenda Guiled says:

    Nearly three years ago, I made a Freedom of Information request of ICBC, asking for the number of crashes on the Fulford-Ganges Road leading to personal injury and deaths, from 1996-2018. A couple of weeks ago, I received the data. I knew about the four deaths noted in the table below, but this confirms that there weren't more than what I'd gathered from news reports.

    This confirmation allows me to compare fatalities on the Fulford-Ganges Road with the Canadian average, a figure B.C. uses. Transport Canada reports fatalities per billion vehicle kilometres traveled. The Canadian average in 2018 was 4.9, the latest number available.

    How many vehicle kilometres are traveled per year on the Fulford-Ganges Road? MoTI road classifications provide this. The full length of the Fulford-Ganges Road is 14.172 km. The winter class A section (2,500 - 5,000 vehicle count/day) is 13.983 km long. The winter class B section (1,000 - 2,500 vehicles/day) is 0.189 km long. The summer class 2 section (5,000 - 10,000 vehicles/day) is 1.669 km long. The summer class 3 section (1,000 - 5,000/day) is 12.503 km long.

    If the Fulford-Ganges Road was used at the maximal classification count throughout the year, we'd expect 0.134 deaths/year or 2.4 deaths over 18 years. We've had 4.

    More realistically, if the Fulford-Ganges Road was used at the average classification count throughout the year, we'd expect 1.66 deaths over 18 years. We've had 4.

    Clearly, we've had significantly more fatal crashes on the Fulford-Ganges Road than there should be. Further, the deaths can't be blamed on treacherous mountain terrain or big-city intersection congestion issues. It's a dangerous road that needs fixing, with speeds posted that match its design speed.

    "The cost per crash in BC was estimated as $8.4 million in 2018." https://www.injuryresearch.bc.ca/quick-facts/motor-vehicle/. Re: Fulford-Ganges Road, which is about twice as deadly as it should be, that money would be much better spent on a safer road than on ICBC, legal, and medical costs.

    Fulford-Ganges Road crashes (N/A = not available)
    Year Crashe Injured Killed
    1996 37 12 N/A
    1997 28 20 N/A
    1998 39 20 N/A
    1999 36 31 N/A
    2000 31 8 N/A
    2001 33 19 0
    2002 41 16 0
    2003 38 32 1
    2004 49 36 1
    2005 48 33 0
    2006 52 36 0
    2007 40 16 0
    2008 42 35 0
    2009 39 18 0
    2010 33 11 1
    2011 37 12 0
    2012 32 14 0
    2013 38 16 1
    2014 44 17 0
    2015 46 12 0
    2016 70 16 0
    2017 51 13 0
    2018 58 14 0

  • Avatar Robby Parker says:

    True. Fulford-Ganges road sucks. There are many places on the Island I have to drive on high alert with two hands on the wheel and it is downright dangerous to ride a bike. I would bike A LOT more but do not feel safe doing so, especially with my kids. Accidents at crosswalks could be reduced if pedestrians actually looked before they just marched into the street. Unbelievably poor decision making.