Busy South Shore intersections are at the top of the most dangerous places to ride a motorcycle in Kamloops.
ICBC released data Thursday on urban motorcycle crash maps for the province. In Kamloops, crashes involving motorcycles were focused in Sahali and downtown, including at key intersections on Columbia Street in both areas.
The Crown corporation released crash statistics involving cars earlier this year.
Jill Blacklock, road safety delivery manager for ICBC, said crashes involving motorcycles and those that strictly involve cars occur in the same places. Those places are key intersections in cities with high volumes of traffic.
“It’s nothing to do with the intersections themselves,” she said.
The number of insured motorcycles in B.C. has doubled in the past decade, to about 100,000. Blacklock said injuries per thousand riders have changed little in that time, meaning as more riders hit the road, more are injured in accidents.
ICBC does not keep statistics on motorcycle crashes in rural areas where motorcycles often travel.
Blacklock said riders are advised to ride “as if they are invisible.” That means avoiding other drivers’ blind spots, establishing eye contact to ensure motorists are aware and wearing bright and reflective clothing.
Ten top crash intersections for motorcycles in Kamloops, each with two:
Second Avenue and Columbia Street
Third Avenue and Columbia Street
Third Avenue and Victoria Street
Fourth Avenue and Victoria Street
Eighth Street and Fortune Drive
McGill Road and Summit Drive
Laval Crescent and Notre Dame Drive
Hillside Drive and Notre Dame Drive
Singh Street and Tranquille Road
Desmond Street and Tranquille Road