Interactive Map of Victoria Vehicular Collisions by Road Width
By Darren Proulx
Slow Streets had previously created an interactive map of Vancouver’s vehicular collisions involving people walking and cycling displayed by road width. We now present a map of the vehicular collisions in Victoria involving people walking and cycling (Source: ICBC 2009-2013). The map of Vancouver clearly showed a pattern of higher collisions in the downtown area and along the east-west and north-south traffic arterials carrying high traffic volumes.
Victoria is slightly different but still tends to show similar patterns, the number of collisions still increase with increasing road width size as shown by the graph and table above. Some of the main differences between Victoria and Vancouver are that Victoria’s downtown has a highway running through it. Most of Victoria’s downtown roads are wider and tend to be one-ways. The City of Victoria is essentially creating “Stroads” – a street-road hybrid which attempts to get the best of both worlds. Roads, by design, are arterials that move high volumes of high speed traffic. This is at the expense of creating streets that are financially productive, pleasant, safe, and people friendly. A “Stroad” receives neither of the benefits as you cannot move traffic quickly, and it is not a pleasant nor a safe people environment. This also undermines the financial productivity of the street.
Victoria is known for having the highest cycling rates in Canada, however it also has a low number of protected cycling lanes. From the official cycling route map of Victoria above, it shows that the limited cycling routes that are designated only provide painted cycling lanes. Painted cycling lanes do little for actually creating a safe cycling environment and do very little to attract those that are “interested but concerned” about starting cycling (the Capital Regional District estimates those “interested but concerned” could be as high as 60% of Victoria’s population). The critical features for inviting people to cycle and decreasing the number of collisions are reduced traffic speeds and volumes and protected cycling lanes. With protected cycling lanes the rates of cycling could be much higher, and the rates of collisions much lower. Our collision map shows that people cycling are not only using the designated cycling routes. Therefore, Victoria would do well to construct a minimum grid of protected cycling lanes that connect key destinations directly and comprehensively.
Slow Streets also created an interactive map so that you can examine these numbers yourself. You can customize the graph and averages by selecting a specific group of intersections. Selecting specific intersections will also show you the breakdown of walking versus cycling collisions. You can also retrieve the raw data and coordinates for any selection of intersections. To view the interactive map, please visit: Victoria Vehicular Collisions with People Walking and Cycling.