Initiatives

Making Room for Wider Sidewalks on the Second Narrows Bridge

April 23, 2014
Second Narrows Bridge sidewalk

Before we can widen the Ironworkers Memorial Second Narrows Bridge sidewalks, we have to make a little room. Last year, the ministry started looking at replacing the pedestrian railings on the bridge to improve safety for cyclists and pedestrians since the narrow sidewalks  are a major constriction for travelers. After a thorough technical review...

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Why is that Cyclist in my Lane? A Question of Cycling Safety

April 22, 2014
Why is that Cyclist in my Lane? A Question of Cycling Safety

We get a lot of questions and comments about cycling safety here at the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, so in our ongoing effort to improve the safety of cyclists (and other travellers), here’s another important reminder to look out for them and explain why you might see them riding in front of you...

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What is a Garbage Gobbler? A Kitschy, Cool and Beloved Piece of BC Highway History

April 8, 2014
BC Highway Garbage Gobbler

Let’s take a trip down memory lane shall we? Back to the days when things moved a little more slowly, perhaps around 1959. Slide into a larger vehicle, one built for style, say… an Edsel?  Bring the whole family on a motoring adventure and explore Beautiful British Columbia.Take one of our many modern highway...

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6 Ways We Help Fish Find Their Way Home

April 1, 2014
6 Ways We Help Fish Find Their Way Home

Every summer, as you pack up your things and head out on the highways to your favorite BC destination, our ministry is busy working to improve fish passages and restore habitats along these same highways. Because spring and fall are the busiest times of year for fish spawning, and because high winter water levels...

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What Lurks Beyond – The Untold Story of the McIntyre Passing Lanes

October 10, 2013
What Lurks Beyond – The Untold Story of the McIntyre Passing Lanes

In many ways, the McIntyre Passing Lanes project is much like any of our other projects. We’re widening a section of Highway 97, just north of Oliver, so we can put in passing lanes and wider shoulders, and make things generally safer for drivers, cyclists and pedestrians. It’s just another way we’re making it...

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What’s Growing Under the Alex Fraser Bridge?

September 13, 2013
What’s Growing Under the Alex Fraser Bridge?

When the South Fraser Perimeter Road (SFPR) opens in December, it will span 37 kilometres through Delta and Surrey with a four-lane expressway. Environmental mitigation is an important part of the project, and it comes in many shapes and sizes. It also attracts some very dedicated people. Students at Delta’s Burnsview Secondary School, led...

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I Love Transit Week and the Buzzer Blog

August 10, 2013
I Love Transit Week and the Buzzer Blog

Transit n. 1. The act of passing over, across or through; passage We love transit. We love the buses, the skytrains, the views and the people. Did you know that August 5-9th was the sixth annual I Love Transit Week in Greater Vancouver? Transit really is a vital part of any effective transportation system...

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Lochside Trail: Why You Should Hop on a Bike Right Now

July 30, 2013
Lochside Trail: Why You Should Hop on a Bike Right Now

Go ahead… hop on a bike (or just put your walking shoes on). South Vancouver Island’s Lochside Trail just got smoother with 1.7 kilometres of freshly paved pathway between Island View Road and Mount Newton X Road. “It’s like a super highway as far as I’m concerned,” said cyclist Chark Nipp with a laugh....

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Four Steps for Cycling Safely

June 26, 2013
Four Steps for Cycling Safely

Summer’s here. The days are longer, the weather is warmer, and you’ve been thinking about hopping on your bike and riding to work. And why not? It’s a great way to get some exercise, it’s much cheaper to commute with than your car, and it’s a whole lot better for the environment. The only...

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Wildlife Accident Tracking Points to Collision Prevention

June 12, 2013
Wildlife Accident Tracking Points to Collision Prevention

Roadkill is never pretty – but tracking the grisly results of animal-vehicle collisions is the basis of reducing such future accidents. This is the rationale behind the Wildlife Accident Reporting System, which has been maintained by the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, since 1978. It’s hard to talk about the ministry’s wildlife accident mitigation...

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