Traffic is ever-present at Carson Avenue and Front Street, downtown Quesnel. The intersection saw the highest number of pedestrian crashes between 2013 and 2017, according to new data from ICBC. Melanie Law/Observer file photo

Carson Ave and Front St most dangerous intersection for pedestrians in Quesnel: ICBC

New ICBC data reveals total of 24 pedestrian-involved crashes in Quesnel in five-year period

Carson Avenue and Front Street has emerged as the most dangerous intersection for pedestrians in Quesnel, according to new data from ICBC.

The new research, which examined the number of vehicle crashes involving pedestrians between 2013 and 2017, shows five casualty crashes occurred at Carson and Front.

The second most dangerous intersection for pedestrians is Abbott Drive/Doherty Drive and Anderson Drive in West Quesnel, which saw four casualty crashes in the five-year period. According to ICBC, casualty crashes are those resulting in injury or fatality.

In the five-year period, November emerged as the month with the most pedestrian-involved crashes, seeing five. July saw the second-highest number, with four.

Nine of the 24 pedestrian crashes in Quesnel occurred in 2016, with five each in 2015 and 2013. Four happened in 2014 and just one in 2017.

Reid Street and St. Laurent Avenue, and Reid Street and Barlow Avenue were the intersections with the next highest numbers of casualty crashes, with two apiece from 2013 to 2017.

By comparison, Williams Lake counted just 13 casualty crashes in the same period. Prince George, a city with around seven times the population of Quesnel, had 78 pedestrian crashes in the same five years.

Across B.C., the number of pedestrians injured in crashes nearly doubles in the fall and winter months, according to ICBC statistics. That’s roughly 1,120 people injured between October and January compared to 640 between May and August.

READ MORE: Be on the lookout for pedestrians as weather, daylight limits visibility: ICBC

Crash maps exclude those that took place in parking lots. Data for 2018 is not yet available.



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