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Traffic Management

The City recognizes that the speed, volume and behaviour of motorized vehicles in neighbourhoods are significant concerns of some residents, and that area traffic management measures can improve public safety and liveability. To help address these issues, the City uses a variety of methods;


Traffic management staff deploys the use of a Speed Monitoring Awareness Radar Trailer in neighborhoods, construction zones and other locations to help promote compliance with the speed limit. The trailer board is an unmanned portable speed display unit that is placed in desired location. Once deployed, it displays speeds of Speed Traileroncoming vehicles on a highly visible LED display. A speed limit sign mounted on the unit reminds drivers of the speed limit. These units are well received and in great demand by the public and give drivers the opportunity to see how fast they are actually going and to modify their driving behaviour by slowing down.


Speed Board on Service PoleFor major roads, such as Bowen Road and Terminal Avenue, the City deploys the use of pole mounted Speed Monitoring Awareness Radar Display Boards. These are also an effective device in speed awareness for drivers.



Traffic Speed and Volume Counts

Counter Tubes2.jpgThe City regularly monitors its local roads for volume and speed issues by conducting counts using automatic traffic counters. This data provides us with information that reflects current conditions, as well as analyzes changes. Data from these counts is used to help make important traffic management decisions. 

Traffic Calming

There are many definitions of traffic calming, however, they all share the same goal of changing driver behaviour and reducing vehicle speeds, improving safety and enhancing the quality of life. Some include all three “E's", traffic education, enforcement and engineering.

Speed HumpsThe City of Nanaimo has developed Neighbourhood Traffic Calming Guidelines based on the Canadian Guide for Neighbourhood Traffic Calming that provide a comprehensive approach to developing traffic calming plans for neighbourhoods. The purpose of traffic calming is to reduce the vehicular speed and volume on neighbourhood streets to acceptable levels. A thorough technical review is done to confirm existing on-site conditions, as well as a resident survey to meet both technical warrants and neighbourhood support. The outcome of the review could recommend a range of solutions, from the use of law enforcement, speed display boards, signs or pavement markings, and other physical measures to reduce traffic speeds and shortcutting vehicle volumes. The primary goal is to create safe communities and increase the livability of neighbourhoods for residents. The photo above and to the left is an example of speed humps installed on Place Road in 2009.

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