Kicking Horse Local pass may save you time during highway closure

Putting one of these new neon yellow signs in your car window might save you some time during the next highway closure.

If you place this pass in your windshield

Are you a Kicking Horse local?

If so, then putting one of these new neon yellow signs in your car window might save you some time during the next highway closure…and we all know there are many more to come.

“We have been hearing that the road closures are hard on locals,” said Greg Ehman, division manager with HMC Services. “So hopefully these passes will make things a little bit easier.”

When HMC workers have to close Highway 1, they stop traffic at either end of the “highway strip.” And anyone heading to the Blaeberry or Donald, or even Pine Drive, also gets stopped until they can explain where they’re going.

But now, if a highway traffic control worker sees one of these passes in the window, they know that the driver is a “Kicking Horse Local” and they can let them pass.

The original idea came from local Ryan Watmough after a highway closure in the summer.

“People had expressed some concern around town, some frustration with trying to get around as locals. So Ryan suggested doing something like this, kind of like a park pass,” said Ehman.

“We took that idea and approached Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, and we were lucky enough to be able to use their logo. So we put this together and we’ll see how it works.”

HMC has provided this as a community service, and began distributing them last week. It will take some time for motorists to get used to carrying them, and for traffic controllers to get used to spotting them. But ideally these passes will start making an impact this winter season, and get people moving around town more easily.

You can pick up a pass at The Golden Star, the BC Visitors Centre, the Chamber of Commerce office, DJs Paper Place, and Kicking Horse Embroidery. If any other local businesses would like to carry some in their store they can contact HMC.