BC Rest Areas: 9 Things You Need to Know

June 6, 2014
BC rest area info

If you’re like many of us in BC, on more than one occasion over the summer, you look out the window on a beautiful day and think ROAD TRIP! To help plan your trip, and keep safety a priority, we recommend stopping at one of our BC provincial rest areas along the way. They’re great for a quick stretch, washroom break, a place to sit and eat or just to get some of that fresh air in your lungs. Here’s a breakdown of some basic rest area information: The ministry has 170 rest areas around the BC They include large full service heated facilities with flush toilets, sinks and other amenities, but there are also small pullouts with pit toilets. A rest area is defined as a “roadside facility that is easily and directly accessed, offering the motorist toilets, picnic tables, litter containers and any number of amenities as...

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Tell TranBC

June 2, 2014

What Do You Want to Know More About? Are you looking for something on TranBC but can’t find it? Or have a question about what the ministry does and why we do it? Share your question with us and we’ll try to get you an answer. Who knows – your question could be our next blog! Thank you – we couldn’t do this without YOU.

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10 Ways for Drivers and Cyclists to Safely Share B.C. Highways

May 30, 2014

Every month, from May to October, 160 cyclists are injured in B.C. (This sad statistic is from ICBC). Whether on fat tires or skinny tires, everyone driving and cycling, needs to share the roads and the responsibility for safety. Cyclists are entitled to use the majority of provincial roads – from smaller two-lane highways around popular cycling destinations, to remote highways like the Stewart-Cassiar, to high-speed, high-volume routes like the Lougheed Highway (Highway 7). Plenty of people cycle provincial highways to commute to their jobs, whether in Northern B.C. and Vancouver Island, or the Lower Mainland and Southern Interior, and not just during Bike to Work Week. Plus cyclists pedal provincial highways for recreation, fitness, tourism and occasionally, competition. In some places, the routes may not have shoulders or bike lanes. In others, they do. Wherever cyclists and drivers may be, here are 10 ways to savor the open...

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Cone Zone Campaign

May 28, 2014
Cone Zone Campaign

When spring construction season ramps up, the Cone Zone BC campaign kicks in to raise awareness for roadside worker safety. The numbers speak for themselves: These startling stats make it clear drivers need to undergo a major shift in attitude to help protect people representing a wide range of professions – from traffic controllers and construction crews, to emergency personnel and truck drivers tending to their vehicles. A good place to start thinking about roadside worker safety is by hearing their stories. We all need to respect the Cone Zone.

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Behind the Scenes: Traffic Planning for Major Athletic Events

May 27, 2014

Picture 5,300 cyclists launching from Vancouver, to pedal 122 kilometres up the scenic Sea-to-Sky Highway to Whistler, in a few hours. Or, imagine more than 2,500 Ironman athletes cycling and running a total of 222 kilometres on Highway 99, around Whistler and Pemberton (after a 3.8-kilometre swim in Alta Lake). It’s easy to do – picturing it, not performing it! Photos and accounts of the grit, grime and guts it takes to do the annual RBC Whistler GranFondo and last year’s first-ever Subaru Ironman Canada Whistler tell the story. But have you wondered how the way is cleared for those epic events to happen? How do uber athletes compete free and safe from motor vehicles, spectators get breathtaking views, and diverted motor vehicles maintain their momentum? Pounds of Planning Well, like the athletes, the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure does 2,000 pounds (a tonne) of preparation for major athletic...

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Little Hands a Big Help in Habitat Restoration at Oliver Creek

May 21, 2014
Lake Cowichan Gazette

Students of Palsson Elementary School in Lake Cowichan, BC, got together recently to plant native trees at Oliver Creek as part of a two-phase restoration project led by our  Environmental Management group.  The first phase included restoring fish passage through a culvert crossing on Youbou Road. The second phase, scheduled to happen later this year, will include correcting another culvert at Grosskleg Way in Lake Cowichan, and restoring a side channel downstream. We didn’t do it alone however, some of our partners (in addition to our little friends from Palsson Elementary) included: the Cowichan Lake Salmonid Enhancement Society, local landowner Greg Lundh, the Pacific Salmon Foundation, and Fisheries and Oceans Canada, to name a few. Our challenge at Oliver Creek was to restore fish passage at the culvert crossing at our Youbou Road. The conditions at this culvert (it was too long, too shallow, too steep, and had no...

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Can You Guess the #1 Cone Zone Violation?

May 20, 2014
cone zone 2

The Vancouver Police Department, RCMP and CVSE helped kick start the Cone Zone roadside worker safety awareness campaign by setting up undercover enforcement operations at work zones around the province last Monday (May 12). The #1 violation in Vancouver? Mobile phones. Of 30 violations caught by police at 500 West Georgia Street and 700 Richards Street, 27 were for distracted driving involving mobile phones. At the Burrard Street Bridge, 44 offences were ticketed, mostly involving mobile phones and speeding. “Some motorists/drivers are still not getting the message about the dangers of using an electronic device while driving,” says VPD Inspector Les Yeo. “It’s foolish and puts all road users at risk, including traffic controllers who are trying to get you to your destination safely.” To blend in with the work zones and get a more authentic view of drivers’ behaviours, some officers disguised themselves as road workers. While police...

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