Traffic Calming Process 

Most traffic calming projects in Nanaimo start when residents bring speeding concerns to the City’s attention. Once a request is received, the City puts it in a queue for review. Traffic calming requests are reviewed in the order they are received.

cars parked along a wide divided street in Nanaimo

To identify the scope of the problem, the first step is data collection. A traffic count device will be deployed at the selected location and it will collect traffic speeds and volumes for a week.

If the traffic data satisfies the traffic calming criteria in the Traffic Calming Guidelines, the candidate roadway will be considered for traffic calming. If the traffic data does not support the need for traffic calming on the candidate roadway at this point, its status will change to “Not supported by Data”.

Neighbourhood Traffic Calming Guidelines

Roadways that are candidates for traffic calming will go on to the Project Consideration Stage, where a neighbourhood consultation with local residents, businesses, and community organizations will follow. 

Once Council approves the project and funding is provided for it, a traffic calming plan will be developed for the project with a conceptual design and construction will ultimately take place. This process will take about 18-24 months from when funding is approved to the delivery of the project. 

Car crosses over conflict zone and sidewalk on narrowed street

Requests & Status

Each traffic calming request enters a queue and follows a review process before it is approved for traffic calming measures. Here's a snapshot of the City of Nanaimo's current requests. 

For a more detailed look, see our  Traffic Calming Requests & Status PDF.

Traffic Calming Requests & Status

Last updated: June 20, 2024

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