Albert / Fourth Complete Street  Phase 2

This project is Phase 2 of the  Albert / Fourth Complete Street project and extends from Pine Street to Cavan Street.

The project is part of the VIU Bikeway, which will connect Vancouver Island University (VIU) with downtown Nanaimo. Did you know? VIU is currently the City's largest cycling destination. 

Phase 1, which runs from Harewood Road to Pine Street, is scheduled for construction later this year.  

Phase 2, the Albert Street section of the bikeway, was established as a Council priority at the Special Finance and Audit Committee meeting of December 4, 2020. Phase 2 construction is scheduled for late 2022.

Below, you will learn more about the two options that are being considered for the section of the Phase 2 bikeway on Albert Street between Kennedy Street and Cavan Street.

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  • Progress

    Phase 2:

    • Summer 2021 - Community engagement materials prepared
    • Summer 2021 – Webpage set up and mail-outs sent
    • Fall 2021 - Council presentation and update
    • Early 2022 - 100% Design completed
    • Spring 2022 - Project tendered for construction
    • Late Summer/Fall 2022- Construction 
  • Documents

    The information below shows the two options being considered for the Phase 2 section of the bikeway on Albert Street between Kennedy and Cavan Streets.

    Option Breakdown 

    Option A:

    • 1.6m wide cycle lanes with 0.5m wide buffers from vehicle traffic
    • Floating bus stops on the ‘uphill’ side of Albert Street
    • Shared bus stop zones on the ‘downhill’ side of Albert Street
    • Some parking retained on the ‘uphill’ side of Albert Street
    Option A - Robarts to Dunsmuir Option A - 3D street view


    Option B:

    • 2.0m wide cycle lanes with 1.3m wide buffers from vehicle traffic (localized narrowing at bus stops)
    • Floating bus stops on both sides of Albert Street
    • No on-street parking on Albert Street

     Option B - Robarts to Dunsmuir

    Option B - 3D street view


    Overhead Comparisons of Option A and Option B

    Comparison 1

    Comparison 2

    Comparison 3

    Comparison 4


  • Details

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Q:   Why is the City constructing a bikeway on Albert Street?

    A:   The bikeway on Albert will provide the shortest and most direct route between the Downtown Mobility Hub and Vancouver Island University Mobility Hub.

    Q:   What public support has been expressed in favour of cycling facilities?

    A:   Support for cycling facilities has been generated through various public consultation initiatives such as the ‘Nanaimo Transportation Master Plan’ and the ‘Downtown Nanaimo Mobility Hub Project’.

    Q:   How much parking is being removed under each option?

    A:   There are currently 70 available on-street parking spaces on Albert Street between Kennedy and Cavan Streets. Under Option A a total of 28 on-street parking spaces will be available; and under Option B there will be no parking spaces available along this section of Albert Street. 

    Q:   How will the changes to Albert Street, affect parking availability in the area?

    A:   A pre-Covid parking survey of Albert Street and the side streets within one block of Albert Street from Cavan Street to Milton Street, concluded that there is sufficient parking capacity in the area to meet parking demands. This study shows that available parking in the area is at between 37% and 68% utilized (depending on the day of the week and time of day). Option A will lead to a 6% reduction of available spots in the area; and Option B will lead to a 17% reduction. This data is currently being updated - stay tuned for a link to the new study to be posted on this page.

    Q:   A recent project in the neighbourhood was granted a parking variance. Won’t removing available parking on Albert Street in favour of cycling facilities just exacerbate parking issues?

    A:   Provisions for active transportation facilities encourage transportation options other than motor vehicles, resulting in less demand for parking. As a result, active transportation projects are ideally suited to be adjacent to projects with parking variances.

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