Your Top 10 BC Road Trip Photos

August 27, 2014
BCRT1

“Life is a journey, not a destination.”  – Ralph Waldo Emerson At the start of summer, we asked you to share your road trip photos by using the hashtag #BCRoadTrip. You did not disappoint. In fact, we were so impressed by the images coming from all you intrepid travellers – exploring the province from the far reaches of the north, to the southern tip of Vancouver Island – that we started featuring them as our Facebook banners. We also...

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Drive a BC Highway in 15,000 Photos

August 22, 2014
Photolog Graphic

Ever hear of a kineograph? We hadn’t until now, but we knew about the more common term for the same thing: a “flip book”. You’ve probably seen them before – a thick book filled with pictures that seems to come alive when you flip through the pages. It may seem like a primitive form of entertainment now, but back in the day, it was the equivalent of a home theater system, without the surround sound, of course. What do...

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Keeping Wildlife Moving Along the SFPR

August 20, 2014
Tracks SFPR

As people drive the new South Fraser Perimeter Road (SFPR) from Surrey to Delta, a whole other world is unfolding around them. Creatures like otter, deer, mink, waterfowl, nesting birds, turtles and coyotes are going about their daily lives seeking food, raising their young and bedding down for some rest. That’s because when we developed the SFPR, to enhance mobility and safety for people, we worked hard to minimize disruptions for other living beings – like birds, wildlife and...

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VSA Maintenance: Clearing the Way to Cleaner Roads

August 13, 2014
2014_supersweeper

VSA is the maintenance contractor that looks after highways around Lytton and Merritt, including the Coquihalla. They’re always on the lookout for ways to improve how they do things, and they recently found a new way to keep the highways clean. The machine they’ve developed was made in partnership with Tanguay, a company from Quebec. It’s called the SA 150, and it’s basically a super sweeper, allowing VSA to sweep highways faster with less impact to traffic. Just how...

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3 Ways BikeBC Supports Cycling in B.C. Communities

August 9, 2014
North Vancouver Bike Lane

Local governments that want to expand cycling in their areas have until Sept. 30, 2014 to apply for BikeBC funding, in three categories. The funding supports larger and smaller projects, and projects that connect to the Gateway Program Cycling program in the Lower Mainland. When applying for the funding, local governments explain to BikeBC how new cycling lanes, trails and paths will increase physical activity and healthy living in their communities. Gateway Cycling Program funding is available to Lower...

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How to Stay Safe While Waiting for a Tow Truck

August 6, 2014
Tow truck in action

You could be anywhere when your vehicle fails unexpectedly. Whether it’s a busy freeway or a quiet neighbourhood street, there’s a sense of vulnerability when you’re left stranded. Tow truck operators like Larry Styba regularly come to B.C. travellers’ rescue. That’s their job. But their job puts them in vulnerable positions, too. We recently talked to Larry about how travellers can protect themselves and tow truck operators in cone zones on B.C. Highways. TranBC: Hi Larry. Thanks for joining...

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Checking Culvert Choices for Highway Crossing Critters Near Nanaimo

July 30, 2014
Critters in culverts

                                    If you were an amphibian or reptile, what kind of culvert would you choose to cross under the highway? For us, it’s an important question because the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure wants these critters to use culverts as tunnels, to move safely below highways. We really don’t want them risking their necks (though it’s difficult to identify the neck on...

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