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Information of interest to commuters, tourists and recreational drivers in rural and urban BC.

Why You Should Bike to Work (and School)

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What’s your excuse NOT to bike to work or school? “It’s cold out.” “I’m tired.” “I don’t want to arrive all sweaty.” It’s easy to come up with excuses — until you’ve tried it — that is. That’s part of what Bike to Work & School Week, which runs annually the last week of May, is about — encouraging newbies to try commuting from a saddle while celebrating the benefits that can only be understood with experience. This year...

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A Brief History of the BC Highway Traffic Patrol

A Brief History of the BC Highway Traffic Patrol

Most folks born in the 1970s or earlier will probably remember the smash television hit, CHiPs. The show followed the adventures of two California highway patrol officers as they kept state highways running safely and smoothly. If you didn’t get a chance to experience it then – don’t fret – you can get a sense of that super seventies magic here  (you’re welcome). Did you know that BC also had its own highway patrol enforcement? Not many folks do....

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Road Safety in Action at the Cloverdale Rodeo

You’re invited to have some serious fun with the Cone Zone BC work zone safety awareness campaign. Come on down to the Cloverdale Rodeo Go-Kart Experience, May 17-20, 2019. The Work Zone Safety Alliance is inviting kids ages 10 to 16 to learn about roadside safety while driving a Go Kart around a large circuit, complete with real world work zone hazards. In addition to the Go Kart circuit for children aged 10 to 16, there are electric three-wheel...

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Symbol of Sikh Resilience Honoured with Stop of Interest Sign

Sikh settlers’ efforts to build a spiritual and community home in the early 1900s, while making Canada their new home, are now recognized by a BC Stop of Interest sign. A sign for the Gur Sikh Temple was unveiled at the Gur Sikh Temple and Heritage Museum, in Abbotsford, on April 14, 2019. The temple is the oldest still-standing Sikh gurdwara in North America, and was designated a National Historic Site, on July 31, 2002. Honouring the structure and those...

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Burrowing Badger Caught on BC Wildlife Underpass Cam

No – this isn’t Mr. Badger of Wind in the Willows fame, nor is it the viral “Crazy ___ Honey Badger” of YouTube fame… this is the American Badger, a somewhat reclusive member of the Canadian Endangered Species list and the only badger of its kind in Canada. Keeping travellers of all kinds moving safely along our highways is our number one priority and badgers are no exception to this rule. Our wildlife underpasses (and overpasses) are popular paths...

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How Hydrotechnical Engineers Keep Water Under the Bridge  

Simply put, a hydrotechnical engineer’s job is all just water under the bridge. British Columbia rivers are dynamic and powerful systems that move large amounts of water, sediment, woody debris and ice from our mountain tops all the way to the ocean. Along this journey, the waters encounter provincial highways and roads, and that’s where we come into the picture. We asked Hydrotechnical Engineer Dan Cossette about how he and his colleagues work to keep bridges, culverts and highways...

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BC Road Trip Time Machine: Travel Highway 7 from Burnaby to Maple Ridge in 1966

British Columbia history nerds rejoice! We’ve got a new Road Trip Time Machine video for you. In this episode, our flux capacitor (aka photolog) will take us back to 1966 for a cruise along BC Highway 7 between Burnaby and Maple Ridge. This route begins in the City of Vancouver as Broadway, changing its name to Highway 7 after crossing over Boundary Road in Burnaby. From there, it travels east through Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam, Pitt Meadows, Maple Ridge, Mission...

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When is the Best Time to Remove Winter Tires?

Must Use Winter Tires Sign April 30

Much like naively donning shorts and a t-shirt at the slightest sign of spring, the temptation to swap out winter tires can be strong. But be careful: the consequences of prematurely exposing Vitamin-D deprived skin with fewer threads pales in comparison to facing severe winter weather with unsuitable summer treads. Let’s face it, Old Man Winter doesn’t care what our calendar claims. He’s been known to revel in pranking people travelling through mountain passes on April 1 (yes, April...

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