Transportation and the environment
Our transportation system and our environment impact each other. Environmental management is an important part of the work we do, from avalanche control and monitoring the impact of weather on our infrastructure to taking measures to lower the impact our transportation system has on the environment.
The B.C. government is aiming to have active transportation and public transit make up 30% of all trips taken in the province.
The B.C. government is taking steps to mitigate and adapt to the the effects of climate change. This means we're working on ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions caused by transportation and making sure our roads and bridges and other transportation infrastructure is protected during extreme weather events.
Our avalanche safety program keeps our roads and travellers safe. Staff constantly monitor conditions, and if the risk of an avalanche is too great, we will close and evacuate the highway until the danger is past. We begin regularly assessing avalanche hazard in the mountain snowpack from November through May in British Columbia.
The Weather Network Program’s mission is to provide effective environmental sensing services that support the safety and integrity of the provincial highways system.
The Adopt a Highway program offers organizations and volunteer groups the opportunity to contribute to their community and province. Groups "adopt" a section of provincial highway to carry out or sponsor activities such as landscape beautification, litter pickup and identifying and reporting invasive plant species.
Invasive species are species that are not native to the province, or are outside of their natural distribution, and can negatively impact British Columbia’s environment, people and/or economy. Our highway maintenance and construction contractors use these resources to help follow best practices at the roadside.