Traffic Calming

Imagine a traffic infrastructure that keeps vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians moving without accident, injury or death? That's safety worth aiming for, and the City of Nanaimo is striving to reach that goal.

A banner image with a black car driving on a Nanaimo street, titled Speeding Concerns

Road safety for all begins with lower speeds.

In recent years, we have seen a rise in speeding incidents among Nanaimo drivers. As a result, we have also heard from more and more residents who are interested in traffic calming as a way to slow drivers down on our roads. 

There are posted speed limits for a reason. Different speeds are set for different roads, with the intent of creating a safe road environment that keeps vehicle, bicycle and pedestrian traffic moving.

Controlling driver speed is important; slower vehicles generally mean less chance of an accident, and a smaller chance of injury or death when there is an accident. And when the accident involves a pedestrian or cyclist, the lower the motor vehicle speed, the more likely that pedestrian or cyclist will survive the crash. 

An infographic showing the likelihood of survival in a vehicle-pedestrian collision

SOURCE: The Canadian Association of Road Safety Professionals. (2020, September 02). Road Safety Information - Safe Speeds.

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Last updated: March 10, 2023

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