Flail cutting is done along roadsides for safety purposes on defined routes. The roadside is flailed twice a year to reduce the height of the vegetation to ensure sight lines are maintained 1 metre from the edge of the roadway at intersections and driveways. Maple Ridge does not have a budget to cut grass. Once a year flail cutting and brushing of vegetation is done for safety, not aesthetics.
Generally, Maple Ridge will do one pass on the roadside, starting in the west working eastward to deal with sight line safety. When finished the first pass, the tractors will go back and do subsequent passes for ditch maintenance purposes, again starting in the west and working to the east. Further flailing is done in and around ditches so they can be inspected to reduce blockages. Vegetation growing in the ditch does not necessarily have to be removed, as this is considered in the design and aids in the over all health of the water quality and ecosystem integrity.