Going Green

Updates and behind the scenes information around our environmental initiatives, projects and programs, including wildlife mitigation, biking, Adopt-a-Highway and more.

Checking Culvert Choices for Highway Crossing Critters Near Nanaimo

If you were an amphibian or reptile, what kind of culvert would you choose to cross under the highway? For us, it’s an important question because the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure wants these critters to use culverts as tunnels, to move safely below highways. We really don’t want them risking their necks (though it’s difficult to identify the neck on a snake or frog) by crossing over pavement. So, we’re testing two kinds of culverts in the Nanaimo...

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Why We Have 5 Big Questions about Solar Roadways

There’s been a lot of talk about solar roadways lately, and since we’ve started to get questions about them, we thought we’d let you know where we stand on the issue. The idea of using our roads to generate power sounds great, and we’re eager to see how this technology develops, but at this moment, don’t expect to see solar provincial roadways in B.C. anytime soon. Here’s why. The concept is still very much being researched and tested. The...

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16 Ways BikeBC is Opening Up the Road for BC Cyclists

Biking BC

“Brains before beauty, wear your helmet!” – Unknown Good advice. I’m noticing more and more people taking up cycling as a way to get out and enjoy the scenery, but one of the most popular reasons is to get their “exercise on” and live a healthier lifestyle. Now there’s going to be a few more options to do that. As part of our BikeBC program, we’re joining with 13 communities to expand and build cycling lanes, trails and paths....

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How We Put Driftwood and Debris to Work For BC Highways

Rugged. Windy. Wet. Wild. If you’ve been to the west coast of B.C., chances are you’ve driven on a highway running alongside the ocean fitting this exact description. While this makes for a beautiful drive, having a highway close to the ocean, like anything else, is not without complications. Take Stories Beach on Vancouver Island for example; in the fall of 2013, we completed a pilot “green shores” restoration project at the beach on Highway 19A, which is just...

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

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...

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Behind the Scenes: Traffic Planning for Major Athletic Events

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...

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Little Hands a Big Help in Habitat Restoration at Oliver Creek

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...

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Evergreen Line Progress Means Pedestrian Crosswalk Changes

Head’s up Coquitlam walkers (and drivers)! There’s a new pedestrian crosswalk on the Barnet Highway (just after the Lougheed/Barnet intersection) as a result of continuing work on the Evergreen Rapid Transit Line. Sidewalk closures and detours will be implemented next to active construction sites on Pinetree Way between the Coquitlam transit exchange and Town Centre Boulevard for the safety of pedestrians. These closures and detours will be in place until the spring of 2015. What does this mean to...

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Making Room for Wider Sidewalks on the Second Narrows Bridge

Second Narrows Bridge sidewalk

Before we can widen the Ironworkers Memorial Second Narrows Bridge sidewalks, we have to make a little room. Last year, the ministry started looking at replacing the pedestrian railings on the bridge to improve safety for cyclists and pedestrians since the narrow sidewalks are a major constriction for travelers. After a thorough technical review earlier this year, it was decided to widen both sidewalks from 1.2 to 2.5 metres, install a new three-metre high safety fence and convert the...

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