ICBC investing in Island roads
August 24, 2017
Safer school zones, intersections and new pedestrian links to the community – these are just some of the recent projects made possible by ICBC's ongoing investment in the safety of Vancouver Island roads.
Since 1992, ICBC has invested $22.9 million in 1,100 projects and studies on Vancouver Island. In 2016 alone, ICBC invested $1.4 million in 84 projects in the region.
Last year, two intersections were majorly improved in Saanich. You'll find a new bike lane, left-turn lane, traffic signal, crosswalks and sidewalks at Glanford and Mann Avenue. A collision-prone right-turn lane was also eliminated from West Saanich Road onto Glanford Avenue to improve safety.
School zones on Vancouver Island are now safer for children with ICBC's investment in 14 projects in 2016 alone to slow traffic and improve safety for children. This includes new and upgraded crosswalks including flashing lights that are activated by pedestrians, improved pedestrian access to school bus loading zones, improved signing at school crosswalks and in school zones, and countdown timers for children crossing the street.
ICBC invested in a new walkable shoulder on Grant Road West in Sooke to connect pedestrians with the commercial core, residential areas and schools. The project helped make Sooke a more walkable community and it's accessible for people using wheelchairs, walkers and electric scooters.
ICBC works with municipalities, the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure and other partners on projects as part of ICBC's award-winning road improvement program. These projects have made B.C. communities safer and advanced the knowledge of the road safety engineering industry across Canada.
With crashes, vehicle damage and injury claims continuing to increase in B.C., ICBC's road improvement program is showing positive results in reducing crashes and injuries at targeted locations. The most recent evaluation report shows a 24 per cent reduction, on average, in severe crashes – those resulting in serious injuries and fatalities – and a 15 per cent reduction in property damage claims after an improvement is completed.
The road improvement program is one aspect of ICBC's commitment to help make B.C. roads safer. ICBC's road safety investments focus on the systemic causes of crashes – drivers, roads and vehicles – and support programs that are proven to prevent crashes and help keep everyone safer.