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.
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.
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.
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.
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!