Learn How Now: The Metro Vancouver Traffic Map on DriveBC

October 11, 2013
LMD traffic flow

Do you travel in the Metro Vancouver area? If so, there’s a great new DriveBC feature you need to know about called the Metro Vancouver Traffic Flow map. You’ll find it by clicking on the picture of the map on the DriveBC homepage, or by clicking the Map View tab near the top of the screen, and then clicking the last option in the map legend that appears on the right-hand side of the screen. You’ll see a colour-coded...

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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 safer and easier for people to travel. But there are other parts of this project that make it stand out a little from the others....

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A Bit of BC History: Jet-Setters in Winter Maintenance

October 8, 2013
A Bit of BC History: Jet-Setters in Winter Maintenance

Have a good look at the picture below. It’s a shot of a snow plow on Kootenay Pass on Highway 3 between Creston and Salmo in the mid-sixties. Notice anything unusual? Probably not, because what makes this plow so unique isn’t immediately obvious. So here’s a hint. Ever hear of a Pratt and Whitney? They manufacture jet engines. Getting visions of the Batmobile rocketing down the road, a blast of flame jetting out the back of the car? Well,...

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Winter is Coming: Make Like a Stark and Shift Into Winter

October 7, 2013
Winter is Coming_Winter Tire Symbol

As House Stark so often reminds us in that oh so solemn tone: “winter is coming.” (Yes, our Game of Thrones geek flag is waving proudly in the cold, blustery air). We’ve entered October, which means we’ve popped the clutch on our annual Shift Into Winter campaign. Over the next few weeks, the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure and the rest of the Winter Driving Safety Alliance will be helping you prepare yourself and your vehicle for the wintry...

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Be Prepared

October 7, 2013
Be Prepared

Winter causes dangerous conditions that require preparation, knowledge and skill to navigate safely. Snow, ice, slush, rain, and fog affect driving conditions in different ways, and rapid changes in elevation can make British Columbia’s highway conditions unpredictable. REDIRECTING … We are forwarding you to the Shift Into Winter site. If you do not get forwarded automatically, click here.

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Signpost Ahead: B.C. Highway Speed Limit and Safety Review

October 4, 2013
S2S

We’ve been talking with you recently about how speed limits are set on B.C. highways. Sounds like some of you are in favour of an increase in limits, while others feel fine with the speed we are at. In order to get a really clear picture of the dashboard, we are stepping the discussion into high gear with a formal B.C. highway speed limit review, beginning with a public consultation beginning in November (more details on that coming soon)....

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It’s ShakeOut Time: What’s Under Your Desk?

October 2, 2013
2013_shakeout

We’ll never turn down a chance to plug emergency preparedness. So when the folks at TranBC asked us to help promote The Great British Columbia ShakeOut, we wholeheartedly said, yes! As Emergency Management BC’s Social Media Unit, disaster readiness is a subject close to our heart – and one we know will eventually matter to everyone. But getting that message across isn’t easy, which means we spend a lot of time thinking about how to get your attention. With...

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