Posts Tagged ‘ safety ’

A Westside Road Story – Breathtaking Route Being Improved

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Westside Road is a narrow, picturesque, two-lane road running along Okanagan Lake in the BC interior. Its dramatic beauty and winding roads make it a pretty popular route for motorists of all types. To keep this road safe and accessible for everyone, we’re widening and realigning 1.2 km of the road between Four Mile Creek and Waterfront Farm (north of the Highway 97 and Westside Road interchange in West Kelowna). We took a short video in the fall of...

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The Shocking Case of the Porthole Peeper

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“I was in a hurry.” That was the excuse a Vancouver Island driver gave when one of our CVSE officers stopped him on the Malahat for driving with a mere “porthole” of snow cleared from his windshield. The officer issued the driver a $368 fine and didn’t let him continue driving without clearing all the snow off his vehicle. When we tweeted the photo, many of you were shocked: What’s worse, this isn’t just a one-off occurrence. Surrey RCMP...

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Watch How We Get Through Winter on the Coquihalla

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The Coquihalla (BC Highway 5 from Hope to Merritt) is the province’s busiest mountain pass. At more than 1,200 metres in elevation, it’s also one of the routes hit hardest by heavy snowfall and other winter conditions. Fear not… we have a plan, and a team of professionals to execute what we call: The Coquihalla Snowshed Protocol. When the snow flies, the team carries out a series of steps to make sure you safely make it up and over...

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Why Stopping Distances Matter More During the Winter

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It’s pretty simple, really. Stopping distance is the distance it takes your vehicle to come to a complete stop once you apply your brakes. The faster you are travelling, the longer it will take you to come to a complete stop (and being able to stop your vehicle as quickly as possible when you need to is always a good thing). “Speed limits are for ideal driving conditions. Winter driving conditions are not ideal. Slow down and drive safely!”...

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Everything You Need to Know about East Kootenay Highway Winter Maintenance Specifications

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Mainroad, our maintenance contractor in the East Kootenay service area, works hard every day to keep local highways safe and traffic moving smoothly. Because the area is so geographically diverse, they can face any number of unique challenges where highway maintenance is concerned, especially during winter. In order to make sure they understand exactly what is expected of them in their day to day operations, we outline our maintenance requirements of them in great detail. We recently updated our...

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How BikeBC Supports Cycling Infrastructure

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We know you love to ride your bicycle and our BikeBC program helps municipalities fund their cycling initiatives, getting you on your bike. How does funding work? Creating and maintaining cycling infrastructure within towns and cities in BC is the responsibility of local governments and BikeBC supports their efforts. Every year, BikeBC invites municipalities and First Nations to apply for money to pay for the construction of new cycling initiatives in their communities. There is a 50/50 cost-share split....

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Learn All About Winter Maintenance Changes on Route to East Kootenay Highways

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Have you ever wondered how maintenance contractors plan their approach to winter maintenance? Schedule their work around storm conditions? Or how about, what kind of equipment they have at the ready to keep BC highways safe? Mainroad East Kootenay Contracting will be holding open house sessions to share this kind of information about updates to their winter operations and how they plan to use new technology to improve service levels and public safety in their service area at the...

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Why BC is On the Alert against Mussel Invaders

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BC is on guard against nasty invasive mussels that attach themselves to boats in freshwater. (Not to be confused with useful, attractive muscles attached to people.) Specifically it’s quagga and zebra mussels that we’re preventing from entering our province. That’s why on BC’s roads you might see signs for watercraft inspection stations. The signs are directed to all boaters – those with power boats, row boats, inflatable boats, kayaks, canoes and even paddleboards. If it floats, the Ministry of...

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Seven Ways to Safely Wrap Up Your Summer on the Road

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As the warm weather continues but the summer months start running out…there is still time to get out and enjoy our beautiful province. But we want you to do it safely. Whether by motorcycle, boat, RV, car, truck or golf cart, the best way to travel BC is to do it without incident. Here are some resources we thought you’d find useful to read or share on modes of transportation, dangerous impacts, smart choices, furry friends and special occasions....

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Watch and Learn How to Drive Safely in the Cone Zone

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Slow down near roadside workers. Pay attention to construction signs and traffic controllers. Respect the cone zone. We encourage all of the above. But what exactly does it all look like? Well, see for yourself in this video – you’re invited to get behind the wheel of a vehicle travelling through a cone zone on a BC highway. We guide you, step by step, through a lane closure using information bubbles (Pop-Up Video-style) to highlight what to watch out...

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