Celebrated Highway Sign Spreads to Fight Fender Bender Congestion

May 29, 2019

A rare, but celebrated, highway sign is popping up around highways in the Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island. The “FENDER BENDER” sign, originally introduced on Highway 91’s Alex Fraser Bridge in 2016, is being installed along some of the busiest corridors in the south coast region, including the Port Mann, Lions Gate, Iron Workers’ Memorial, and Oak Street bridges. The move coincides with the Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General’ s announcement of changes to motor vehicle incident...

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Why You Should Bike to Work (and School)

May 23, 2019
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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

May 16, 2019
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

May 14, 2019

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

May 3, 2019

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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Development Approvals Deciphered – What It Is and Why it Matters to You

April 25, 2019

British Columbia is booming and, as our population grows, and communities build and expand, the relationship between our highways and adjacent land use changes. Our Development Approvals team guides road network development through rural subdivision approvals, preserves highway capacity with access and controlled area permits and protects highway safety through special events and works permits. For example: Business owners or developers with interests alongside our roads and highways want to connect with customers and draw them in. Development Approvals...

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Burrowing Badger Caught on BC Wildlife Underpass Cam

April 17, 2019
“Burrowing Badger Caught on BC Wildlife Underpass Cam” is locked 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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