The Tri-Cities has grown to become an increasingly popular alternative to Vancouver living, and with it, the region has seen an uptick in traffic.
But while commutes have grown along many of the region’s arterials, crashes have gone down in each of its municipalities, according to data recently released by ICBC.
Coquitlam has by far seen the most crashes between 2015 and 2019, with a grand total of 43,735 accidents. Still, from a height of 9,306, accidents have consistently gone down year over year, sinking to 8,093 last year.
In Port Coquitlam and Port Moody, that same trend can be seen, with PoCo totalling 18,934 accidents over the four years, and bottoming out at 3,511 crashes in 2019. Port Moody, on the other hand, registered 7,740 crashes over that period, hitting a low of 1,418 last year.
Across British Columbia, ICBC reported 295,000 collisions in 2019, down from the previous year, which saw 315,000 crashes. In total, there have been 1,575,567 crashes in the Province since 2015.
Here are the top 20 locations for crashes in the Tri-Cities in 2019:
- Lougheed Highway - 548 crashes
- Barnet Highway - 475 crashes
- Barnet Hwy, Lougheed Hwy & Pinetree Way - 233 crashes
- Broadway Street & Mary Hill Bypass - 188 crashes
- Austin Avenue - 174 crashes
- North Road - 172 crashes
- Brunette Avenue & Trans-Canada Highway - 166 crashes
- Lougheed Highway & Westwood Street - 164 crashes
- United Boulevard - 153 crashes
- Barnet Highway, Johnson Street & Mariner Way - 137 crashes
- Ottawa Street - 137 crashes
- Brew Street - 133 crashes
- Lougheed Highway & North Road - 125 crashes
- Lougheed Highway & Shaughnessy Street - 119 crashes
- Pinetree Way - 117 crashes
- Highway 1 - 110 crashes
- Brunette Avenue on/off ramp onto Highway 1 - 107 crashes
- St Johns Street - 101 crashes
- Argue Street, Mary Hill Bypass & Shaughnessy Street - 100
- Lougheed Highway, Schoolhouse Street & Woolridge Street - 100
CORRECTION: A previous version of this story incorrectly stated that there were 195,000 crashes across B.C. in 2019. There were, in fact, 295,000 crashes across the province, of which 195,000 occurred in the Lower Mainland.