Behind the Lines


Behind the Lines: A Traffic Story

Since the introduction of automobiles, street traffic has become an important part of our modern world. It shapes cities and the way we interact with our surrounding environment. It determines factors like how fast we drive and whether we wait for people to cross the street. Without these traffic rules, the safety of pedestrians, passengers and cyclists would be in danger at all times. But, the city wasn’t always this way. There was a time when the streets were untamed and reckless danger lurked around every road bend.

Behind the Lines takes an in-depth look at the history of Vancouver’s streets through a law enforcement lens. See how the rules of the road developed over the past century, addressing new challenges, modes of transportation and technology. From adapting the road rules for carriages, pedestrians and cars all the way to using police traffic squads for riot control, the narrative behind all our current road safety standards is fast-paced and fascinating.

Interested in this new exhibit? Buy your online admission to the museum and get access to our historic City Morgue and Autopsy Suite, True Crimes Exhibit and other fascinating artefacts with your admission!