Feature Articles

9 Reasons to Watch for Wildlife on Westside Road and Beyond

Bighorn Sheep in Okanagan

One of our ministry staff was driving along Westside Road near Kelowna recently and got a bit of a wildlife surprise. Nine bighorn sheep were gathered at the edge of the road, overlooking the lake! Have a look yourself: Did you know? Keeping an eye out for wildlife on the highway while you’re driving can prevent hazards to you both. And to help you in your travels, we’ve compiled some handy tips on how you can treat all of...

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Lose the Cruise Control in Winter

driving safety tip

When it comes to winter driving, cruise control can make you lose control, wherever you are in B.C. Snow, ice, slush, deep pools of water and even oil on water are slippery. These winter conditions plus snowfall, fog, rain and longer hours of darkness demand your full attention and quick reactions. The problem with using cruise control in those circumstance, comes when the car in front of you swerves, wildlife steps onto the road, you skid or something else...

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One Change to Slow Down and Move Over Rule Improves Safety

New traffic legislation in BC

Slow Down and Move Over. Pretty straight forward rule to follow but we’ve made it even simpler to keep roadside workers safer. In a nutshell: if you see any vehicle flashing red, blue or yellow lights on a BC highway, move over to pass. Or more specifically, the Slow Down, Move Over rule states: Drivers must slow their speed to 70km/h when in an 80km/h or over zone, and 40km/h when in an under 80km/h zone. If travelling on a...

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Separating Skiers and Roads – Our First-Ever Ski Underpass

Ski Underpass

Creating concrete structures for motorists, pedestrians, cyclists and even animals to flow over, under or around roads is a speciality of the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure. And, now we’ve built a new kind of underpass for traffic that travels on two legs with two boards attached. It’s a ski underpass below Hudson Bay Mountain Road, near Smithers, and it provides safe passage for cross-country skiers. The tunnel links the Bulkley Valley Nordic Centre lodge and parking lot with...

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BC on the Move Twitter Town Hall: Your Ferries Questions Answered

coastal inland

Get Your Answers About Ferries

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BC on the Move Twitter Town Hall: Your Cycling Questions Answered

10 Year Transportation Plan

We heard a lot of good ideas from you during the BC on the Move Twitter Town Hall that Minister Todd Stone hosted last month (Nov 2014) as part of 10-year transportation planning. We also received some really good questions; so many, in fact, that we have been busy organizing into themes – like cycling – and getting you answers. Let’s start, shall we? Question: @toddstonebc Has thought been put into how bicycle-based commuting in temperate-climate cities could =...

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Driving Divided Freeways in BC: 7 Tips You Need to Know

Divided

There are many kinds of highways in BC: Rural highways, urban highways, primary highways, secondary highways, freeways and expressways just to name a few. Each type of highway serves a different purpose. For example, a freeway is a divided primary highway built for through traffic (as opposed to local traffic access) with two or more lanes in each direction of travel. These lanes are accessible via interchanges only. A good example of a freeway is BC Highway 5, also...

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Shift into Winter: The Inside Scoop on Winter Tires and Chains

Winter Tires and Chains Sign

When are winter tires or chains right for you? Good question – glad you asked. With tire/chain requirements coming into effect today (October 1) on most B.C. highways, we want to clear up any confusion so you can get your mind back on the road this winter. To help you — and by “you,” we mean passenger vehicle drivers and commercial truck drivers — navigate your winter tread and chain needs, we recently went live with a brand new...

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Tell TranBC

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What Do You Want to Know More About? Are you looking for something on TranBC but can’t find it? Or have a question about what the ministry does and why we do it? Share your question with us and we’ll try to get you an answer. Who knows – your question could be our next blog! Thank you – we couldn’t do this without YOU.

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