As controversy continues in the legislature over deleted Highway of Tears emails, people living in the north continue to make do without accessible and affordable public transportation options. This forces many people to hitchhike out of necessity.
Dr. Jacqueline Holler is a professor at the University of Northern British Columbia, and is conducting a study on hitchhiking.
She says despite the notoriety of the Highway of Tears throughout the province, people without any other options will resort to hitchhiking despite the risks.
Holler says what the region needs is a flexible and low cost alternatives.
The idea of a shuttle bus system has been around for years, but Holler says logistics and costs remain barriers to implementation.
Holler is currently conducting interviews with hitchhikers throughout the province to better understand their experiences.
While she’s still collecting data, early indications shows hitchhiking in the north is different than in the south.
For those who are interested in participating in her hitchhiking survey, a link and email can be found at our website at cfnrfm.ca.