4 Ways You Helped Improve BC Highway Safety and Mobility

July 2, 2014
safety and speed review

The results of the province-wide Rural Highway Safety and Speed Review are here. We went out on the road to speak with you in person and online from Nov. 29, 2013 to Jan. 24, 2014 to assess four key areas of road safety on rural highways: slow moving vehicles wildlife safety requirements for winter tires setting appropriate speed limits We heard you. At the same time, we conducted technical work, including research from other jurisdictions, and an engineering assessment of the speed, safety, design and land use for all the individual highway segments identified for speed increases. Your input and the information we gained through that technical review helped to identify and prioritize these improvements. Keep Right Except to Pass Frustrated by the safety hazards caused by slower-moving vehicles? You let us know. The ministry will be bringing forward changes to the Motor Vehicle Act to clarify the requirement for...

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To Drive and Protect

June 30, 2014

How You Can Save Police from Roadside Injuries Police officers not only enforce Cone Zones, they are also protected by them.  Sure, bright orange pylons aren’t usually present to announce when an officer is in a vulnerable position, but drivers should still approach with caution police and other emergency personnel working along roads. RCMP Staff Sgt. Pat McTiernan has been experiencing Cone Zones from the perspectives of both enforcer and roadside worker for 35 years. He has been struck, tended to scenes where others have been struck, and witnessed many forms of dangerous driving through work zones. We recently had a one-on-one with McTiernan, in which he talked about his near death experience while on the job, and ways the average driver can prevent roadside tragedies. TranBC: Welcome Staff Sgt. Please introduce yourself. McTiernan: My name is Staff Sgt. Pat McTiernan. I’m the Operations NCO for the North District...

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Tell Us How to Make BC Transportation Better

June 25, 2014

Customer service is a major part of what we do at the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure. From maintaining highways to handling development approvals, our goal is to provide the best service we can. Of course, there’s always room for improvement. That’s why we’re asking you to help make us better by taking our 12th annual Customer Satisfaction Survey, open from June 25 to August 12. Last year, we received more than 3,200 responses from folks across the province, including 327 face-to-face interviews with district staff. We learned a lot about what matters to you, including: Highway signage and line markings Cycling infrastructure Commercial vehicle safety and enforcement Traffic management Rest areas DriveBC webcams… and more In fact, the survey looks a little different this year based on your previous feedback. For example, one of the questions is focused specifically on DriveBC. It goes like this: Please rank the...

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Customer Satisfaction Survey 2014

June 25, 2014

We are looking for feedback on the services the ministry provides around the province. Whether it is our person-to-person or electronic customer service or the quality of service we provide to keep our provincial highway system safe and reliable, we want to hear from you. REDIRECTING … We are forwarding you to the Customer Satisfaction Survey Site. If you do not get forwarded automatically, click here.

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Share your Summer #BCRoadTrip

June 24, 2014
BC Highway photos

The road trip. The time-honoured tradition of getting in your vehicle, turning up the tunes and heading out on the highway. There’s nothing quite like travelling the open road, soaking in the sights, sounds, and getting to know the communities along the way. Now, there’s a “road trip”, and then there’s a BC ROAD TRIP. From coastal mountains to Interior deserts and northern lakes, there’s so much diverse terrain to cover across BC. Whether you’re travelling solo, with friends or as part of an epic family adventure, BC road trips create unforgettable memories. This summer, we’re looking for your photos with the #BCRoadTrip hashtag on Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook or any other hashtag-friendly social platform. Show off your photography skills and your road trip pride! We want to see your journeys along the Alaska Highway, the Trans Canada Highway, the Crow’s Nest, Stewart-Cassiar and all the numbered highways in...

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Sunny, Cloudy, Busy and Rainy – A Typical Ending of Spring in BC

June 20, 2014

Looking at our trusty DriveBC HighwayCams this morning showed us that while some things change (check out the new cam at Mica Dam), some things always seem to stay the same. Across the province, things look sunny, cloudy, rainy and busy. Do you know what that means? It means that tomorrow must be the first day of summer. Whatever the weather and wherever you are headed this summer, check DriveBC before you go and enjoy that sunshine…(and cloud and rain ).

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What’s Shakespeare’s Connection to the Coquihalla?

June 19, 2014

  If you’ve ever driven the Coquihalla Highway, you’ve probably noticed names like Shylock, Othello, Juliet, Portia. And if you’re a fan of English literature, you’d also probably recognize these names as characters penned by none other than the Bard of Avon himself – William Shakespeare. So what’s Shakespeare doing on the Coquihalla? As often happens along highways, many of the road names in this area are derived from features that were in place before. In this case, the Shakespearian names come from the Kettle Valley Railway, upon which much of the Coquihalla Highway is built. The railway itself predates the highway by about 70 years, so these names have been used in the area for quite a while. But that just begs the question, why were the names used for the railway? As it turns out, the answer isn’t entirely clear, but there are some competing theories: One of...

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