I normally try to avoid intersections that I deemed too risky. However, there is one I still use; it is the one at 33rd Ave and Granville St., especially if you are westbound on 33rd.
The reason why it is so dangerous for westbound motor vehicles is because the sight lines are as bad as it gets, and there are red light runners northbound on Granville. The hedges on the properties on the west side of Granville block drivers' view, right to the corner of the block.
Normally, when I ride across intersections, I cross lane by lane. For example, to cross Granville on a green light, I would scan the 6 lanes, looking for stopped cars blocking each lane. Ideally, before I go through the intersection on a green, I like to see at least 6 cars, one car blocking each lane. If not, then I have to be more careful.
Heading westbound on 33rd, I would be extra careful, and hoping for the northbound, curb lane to be blocked by a stopped car. But if not, then next best would be to see a pedestrian starting to cross. The latter is very rare. Third favourable occurrence would be for the curb lane car to be making a right turn. Fourth, would be to wait for on coming car to start crossing first. If I have a bad feeling about it, then I would signal right, and inch out to make a right turn.
Well, today during afternoon rush hour, I was heading eastbound on 33rd crossing Granville. I saw all lanes were filled except for the northbound curb lane. I was in a unique situation this time because 33rd cannot fit more than one car side by side there. And it so happens that a car next to me at the light was making a left turn. This car had to stop and wait for oncoming traffic to clear. This car, as a result, would be blocking all traffic behind me. On green, I moved into the intersection carefully. However, having spotted the unoccupied curb lane, I continued to scan the lane further back. And sure enough, a car was speeding towards the intersection. With the sun out, I could clearly make out what the driver was doing. This female driver, for some reason, ignore all the stopped cars around her. Her head was looking around, generally in the westward direction, not in front. I saw no distractions such as cell phones or whatnot. What was crazy was all other northbound and southbound traffic had already stopped. She made no attempt to slow down and went right through the red light. No matter how you slice it, she went through the intersection while the eastbound and westbound traffic had green. Because I spotted her in time, I did not proceed through the intersection any further. Thank my lucky star, I did. She struck (clipped the front end of) the first car going westbound. Had I proceeded to go thru that intersection normally, my guess is that I would have been crushed by the impact. At the vehicle speed, I doubt I would have survived.
However, it is rather unfortunate that the westbound driver did not to take my lead and stay put. That is too bad because the northbound red light runner was going quite fast.
Ride safe out there.