Photo Blog: Avalanche Control Over BC Highways

January 19, 2013
Photo Blog: Avalanche Control Over BC Highways

Avalanches are mesmerizing – at least from a safe distance, whether that be via video, photograph, or directly from a helicopter. No one gets closer to the action than our avalanche control technicians. They trek to remote mountainside avalanche weather stations (all 58 of them) and trigger blasts with strange-sounding equipment such as Gazex Exploders and Daisy Bells. So, who better to capture the awe inspiring images of avalanche control work? In celebration of this weekend’s Avalanche Awareness Days,...

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The One Thing Drivers and Cyclists Need to Know

January 17, 2013
Photo courtesy of John Luton, Capital Bike and Walk Society, Victoria, BC

There has been some confusion over the years as to exactly where bicycles fit on our roads. Do they stay on the shoulder (or bike lane if it’s there)? Do they ride with or against traffic? Are they allowed to ride on the road? Here’s what you need to know: people riding a bicycle have the same rights and responsibilities as those driving a motor vehicle. Since bicycles are generally slower than regular traffic, they are supposed to move...

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You Asked: The Top Five DriveBC WebCam Questions

January 16, 2013
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Based on the feedback you send us, you love our webcams, and you depend on them to be informed and travel safely throughout the province. Being so popular, our webcams are also the source for a lot of questions, and we’ve found a lot of people are asking about the same things. So we thought it’d be helpful to quickly cover some of our most common queries. 1. Can you put up more webcams? We’re always looking to add...

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How We Monitor Weather and Highway Conditions

January 15, 2013
How We Monitor Weather and Highway Conditions

Weather in B.C. can change rapidly, especially in winter. Just take a look at the Coquihalla Highway, where drivers can experience a wide range of weather systems from bottom to top of the mountain pass. And in milder parts of the province, temperatures often hover around freezing, threatening icy conditions. There’s been a lot of discussion lately around how the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure and its maintenance contractors oversee weather fluctuations in our effort to pre-empt hazardous driving...

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Bridging the Week in Pictures

January 12, 2013
Bridging the Week in Pictures

Sometimes a picture can speak louder than words. With that in mind, we created a visual review of this week as seen through the eyes of our friends and followers around the province. Enjoy! “The next station is Main Street/Science World…” The oldest SkyTrain station is getting an upgrade, we heard from our friends at The Buzzer this week. Their picture of an old rendering of the original station reminded us just how much Vancouver has grown over the...

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Keeping it Local – Community Input Leads to Lines and Signs

January 10, 2013
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Lines and signs have been popping up on B.C. highways recently, as a result of local organizations and people who see ways to enhance safety in their communities. Community leaders, including local governments, school districts, community groups, First Nations, RCMP, MLAs and individuals, regularly bring their ideas to folks at the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure’s district offices. Their requests over the last year have resulted in about 30 new improvements designed to clearly communicate the rules (and borders)...

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Highway Thru Hell: The Complete TranBC Interview Series

January 9, 2013
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With heavy snowfall warnings throughout the province, including the Coquihalla and Fraser Canyon highways, it’s a good thing we already had Highway Thru Hell’s Jamie Davis and Mark Miller visit us this past fall during our initial “shift into winter.” They now undoubtedly have their hands (and tow cables) full helping snowbound travellers, all while capturing the drama for Season 2 of Discovery Channel’s hit reality show. From safe filming methods to lessons learned, Jamie and Mark gave us...

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