BC Travellers

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

Take Care in “Caribou Corridor”

If you are travelling over Kootenay Pass on Highway 3, you could see the majestic mountain caribou. A small herd of about 40 animals travels year-round across the pass summit. To reduce the chances of close encounters of the collision kind, warning signs have been installed in the seven-kilometre area. The B.C. Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure and the Ministry of Environment developed the enhanced signs for the “Caribou Corridor,” to protect motorists and this species at risk. Large...

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National Road Safety Week – The Four R’s of Road Resurfacing: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Repave

We all understand recycling is important. What many people don’t realize, however, is that we started doing it decades ago when we began recycling our roads. It’s a little more complicated than taking used household goods to the curb, but the principle is similar, and it allows us to reduce, reuse and be a little kinder to the environment. There are a number of different ways we can recycle our roads. One way is to take up the old...

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Brushing, Keeping Our Highways Safe and Looking Good

It’s a matter of routine. You wake up in the morning, brush your hair and get ready for the day ahead. We do something similar, only on a much larger scale. But it’s not our hair we’re brushing, it’s our roadways. It happens every year around this time. As spring kicks in, trees and shrubs start growing, and if they’re left unchecked, they can quickly take over our roadsides. So we begin our annual routine of mowing, chopping and...

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May is Car Care Month – 7 Ways to Show You Care

Photo courtesy @kamboompics via¬†https://www.pexels.com/photo/washing-a-car-with-a-sponge-6003/ May is Car Care Month – time to show your vehicle some love! It’s been a long hard winter, on most British Columbians and their vehicles. Now is a great time to get outside, and check over your vehicle so you’re both ready for the warmer months ahead. Take a look at your windshield wiper blades and replace them if they’re worn. A smear-free view is essential – especially during spring showers. Check that your...

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Building Barriers to Boost Highway Safety

You’ll often hear it said that safety is our top priority. And there’s a good reason for that. It’s true. Regardless of whether we’re designing, building or maintaining our roads and bridges, we want to make sure people can get where they’re going safely. We have a lot of different ways of doing that, but barriers might be one of the most familiar. You’ve seen concrete barriers and guard rails lining our highways, but cable barriers are also gaining...

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Get Ready for Rail Safety Week

Railway Signage

Look, Listen and Be Safe Everyday trains operate on 6,692 km of railway tracks across British Columbia. These trains are an important part of our transportation network, not only transporting people and goods, but moving necessary supplies to communities all over the province. In September, get on track for Rail Safety Week. As busy as the train networks are, tracks often seem deserted which is pretty deceiving. Don’t forget the dangers of crossing the railway tracks. Make sure to...

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Slow Down! My Daddy/Mommy Works Here

You might have noticed some new signs that have gone up roadside around the province. The signs feature pictures of workers and their families and tell drivers, “slow down, my daddy works here”. These signs are part of the Slow Down campaign. Launched by WorksafeBC in July 2007, its focus is to remind motorists that it’s not just machines working on our roads – there are people, too. And if a collision happens, it could have devastating...

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Getting Down with Dust Suppression

People who don’t venture beyond the city limits may not see why dust control is such a big deal, but it makes all the difference for those who drive our gravel roads. And it’s not just for driver comfort, either. It also enhances safety, reduces maintenance costs and maintains the quality of life for rural residents by keeping the dust down in rural communities. Dust is a pretty big deal. When a gravel road becomes dusty, it starts to...

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