Buffered Highways

Sun, May 21, 2017

If you’ve ever driven out in the country, you are no doubt familiar with highway signs that warn of the presence of wildlife.  Driving in BC or Alberta is no different other than perhaps an even greater danger due to the density and size of the animals up here.

So they built buffered highways.  What are they?

They remind me of buffered bike lanes.  Conventional bicycle lanes that have a buffer space separating the bicycle lane from the vehicle travel lane.  Mill Valley added them to Miller Ave in the single lane section near the Mil Valley Lumber Company.

The highways in BC and Alberta also have buffers on the sides of the highways.  Hugely important with all of the elk/caribou/deer up here.  Hitting one of those critters is something that I do not want to do.

Checkout this highway and the buffers on the sides of the road.  Sweet!

Also this is the first cyclist we’ve seen up here.

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