Development in Marpole has been booming and with that comes an increased rise in traffic.Along the three main intersections of Marpole which include: Oak and South Marine, Granville and South Marine, and Cambie and South Marine, heavy traffic has been taking over and residents are taking notice.
The Marpole Residents Association was formed in response to the new changes in the area, one of the changes being the increased amount of density and traffic congestion.
The Marpole Residents Association is not in favour of the rise in development construction in their area and sites the development as a significant cause of increased traffic and therefore increased traffic collisions.
In the data visualization linked above with data provided by ICBC statistics the amount of collision reports on the three main intersections of Marpole correlates with the amount of development surrounding the intersection.
As the data shows, the intersection of Cambie and South Marine has seen a steady increase in collision reports from 2011 to 2012, and then skyrockets in 2013. This information relates to the large amount of development occurring near the intersection, which started construction around 2012.
On all sides of the intersection but one, large developments including the Marine Gateway Project which includes a large shopping centre and theatre, and a condo development by development group Intracorp, will only add to future traffic congestion and correlating increased collisions.
The development construction around the intersection of South Marine and Cambie adds to traffic congestion as well as the nearby SkyTrain, South Marine Station. The South Marine SkyTrain is quickly becoming a commuter hub, with traffic going through the intersection toward the SkyTrain as well as commuter’s driving to and from the Port Mann Bridge.
Both the intersections of South Marine and Main, and South Marine and Oak see less collision report numbers due to the lack of development surrounding the intersections.