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.