Going Green

Updates and behind the scenes information around our environmental initiatives, projects and programs, including wildlife mitigation, biking, Adopt-a-Highway and more.

On Earth Day and Everyday – Green Matters to TranBC

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Have you ever wondered what the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure is doing to support green initiatives across the province? Look no further. In celebration of Earth Day we gathered some of our favourite green projects for you. We don’t think green for just one day out of a year, we work all year long to make sure sensitive ecosystems and wildlife are protected. That includes turtles… and toads… and caribou… and let’s not forget about bears, moose, deer,...

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Kids Hop to Toad Research to Protect Amphibians on Roads

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When some kids from the Cowichan area were asked if they wanted to monitor toads and other amphibians on the move near highways, they jumped on it! The kids leapt at the chance to test road survey kits, developed by the Young Naturalists’ Club (YNC) of BC, when they learned that efforts to observe and record amphibian travel could potentially lower the number of frogs, toads, salamanders and newts that are killed on B.C. highways. We supplied the Cowichan...

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What are NZEV Zones and Why do they Matter?

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  Vehicles have come a long way since power steering and automatic transmissions were the newest exciting features. Now we have talking GPS systems… rear-view cameras… instant hovercraft capabilities (OK, just kidding about that last one). Technology is changing the way we travel, and it’s important the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure adapts. Why not take advantage of innovations that allow for more efficient, and greener, modes of travel? The latest technology to get a boost is Net Zero...

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4 Types of Transportation Engineers

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March is National Engineering Month, a celebration of all Canadians who invent, design, build, maintain and improve. What better time to reflect on our own Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure engineers? There are approximately 230 staff members in our Engineering Branch, representing four areas of expertise. Each type of engineer is vital for building and maintaining highways that are safe, reliable and have a minimal impact on the beautiful environments they run through. So, without further ado, here is...

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9 Reasons to Watch for Wildlife on Westside Road and Beyond

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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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How You Can Help Kelowna’s RapidBus Stay on Schedule

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Whether you drive or use the RapidBus service in Kelowna, we have some important news for you (and a fresh Kelowna HOV website). Based on monitoring and public feedback, the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure is turning the city’s Highway 97 High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lanes, which operate fulltime now, into hourly HOV lanes. As of January 19 (2015), the lanes will be in effect weekdays between 7am to 7pm, excluding holidays, to better align with when traffic and...

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

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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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You Asked, Minister Todd Stone Answered: BC on the Move Twitter Town Hall

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It was a busy night here at Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure headquarters in Victoria for the BC on the Move Twitter Town Hall, hosted by Minister Todd Stone (Nov 17, 2014). With your help, we covered a lot of the issues that matter to you, and which will be taken into account during the development of the 10-year transportation plan. The #BContheMove tweets were flying fast and furious, so we’ve collected all of the minister’s responses to your...

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8 Whys for Regulating Commercial Ridesharing and Other Passenger Transportation

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There has been a lot of discussion about commercial “ridesharing” companies like Uber and Lyft operating in some cities in North America. What does it all mean – and what’s at stake? But first of all what is commercial ridesharing? Commercial ridesharing is an arrangement where for profit, taxi-like services are provided by private drivers, using technology like smartphone apps. GPS is used to connect drivers with people seeking transportation, and payment is made online. The B.C. government regulates...

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4 Paths to Protecting Painted Turtles in the Creston Valley

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Gravel and sand with a sunny southern exposure… If you were selling real estate to Western Painted Turtles ready to lay eggs, this would be a hot property. However, the saying about “location, location, location” holds true for turtles as well as humans. When a perfectly warmed gravel and sand pile is a road shoulder alongside a well-travelled route like West Creston Road, this is a risky nesting spot due to road maintenance work like shoulder grading. To protect...

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