Nobody ever plans for a car crash on their commute, but it can happen when we least expect it. According to ICBC, there were 1,900 crashes in Courtenay in 2012, resulting in approximately 580 injured victims and 20 pedestrian crashes. While the crash rate in our community and across BC has declined slightly over the past few years, there is still room for improvement.
How can I help?
Keeping Courtenay’s roads safe means all road users need to do their part ̶ by remaining alert and commuting defensively. ICBC has a number of fact sheets with tips and tricks on how to keep yourself and your fellow road users safe, including:
- High-risk driving
- Driving in poor conditions
- Be a safe pedestrian
- Unsafe speed
- Before your trip, take the time to check road and weather conditions on the DriveBC website. You’ll find information on current conditions, planned road events, incidents, and more.
Courtenay Transportation Safety Improvements
The City of Courtenay is also focused on reducing road risks, with several improvement projects in recent years designed to increase safety for vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians. Ongoing projects include upgrades to sidewalks, pavement, and curbs, as well as traffic calming measures through curb extensions, and pedestrian flashing crossing lights.
Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure
The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure is responsible for several roads in Courtenay, including:
- Ryan Road
- Highway 19A (sections)
- Comox Valley Parkway
Visit their interactive Transportation Project Map to view recent and upcoming transportation projects in our community and throughout the province.
ICBC also supports road improvement projects through their Safer Roads program.