Click on the image below for a map that shows the preliminary details of the proposed improvements.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q1. Why was the east (water) side selected for the cycle track?
A1. There were several factors in this decision:
Safety: There are fewer driveways and intersections on the east (water) side of Front Street, which offers reduced potential for conflicts between cyclists, motor vehicles, and pedestrians.
Connections: The east (water) side of Front Street offers easier and more direct connections to Maffeo Sutton Park, Pearson Bridge, the harbour wharf, and the Transit Exchange.
Parking: The smallest number of parking stalls are impacted as compared to either a cycle track on the west side or protected bicycle lanes on both sides.
Q2. How will parking be affected?
A2. On-street parking will be eliminated on the east side of Front Street between Chapel Street and Church Street. This change will be offset by the creation of additional on-street parking in suitable locations on the west side of Front Street
between Church Street and Port Place Centre.
Q3. How will transit be affected?
A3. Existing transit stop locations within the project area will generally be the same as they are today. Transit stops on the east side of Front Street that are adjacent to the new cycle track will include ‘floating bus stops’.
In this design, the bus will stop at a raised concrete island, and the cycle lanes will detour behind the island and between the island and the pedestrian sidewalk. This design provides a protected space for cyclist to bypass both buses and
passengers while they load and unload the bus. The crossing between the sidewalk and transit island will be the same elevation to allow for easy crossing for bus users and to slow down cyclists. The crossings will include walking surface
indicators used to alert passengers, and particularly passengers with visual impairments, that they are approaching an area that is used by a different mode (ie the cyclists). Floating transit stops are the preferred treatment for transit stops
along corridors with bicycle facilities according to the BC Active Transportation Guide. See example picture below.
Q4. What is a Mobility Hub?
A4. A mobility hub is a concentrated area of activity including employment, housing, recreation, and shopping interconnected with multimodal transportation options. Complete, compact communities focused around mobility hubs are more sustainable as
they reduce reliance on personal vehicles. The 2014 Nanaimo Transportation Master Plan identifies seven mobility hubs in the City, including downtown.
Downtown Mobility Hub Project
The protected two-way cycle track is one of the short-term cycling priorities identified in the Nanaimo Downtown Mobility Hub Project. The Downtown Mobility Hub Project defined several short-term priorities that could be constructed in the next 5 years, which will advance the vision of an integrated downtown transportation network that safely and comfortably accommodates pedestrians, cyclists, transit users, goods movement, and motorists.
Learn more at www.nanaimo.ca/goto/DowntownMobility
Complete Streets refers to transportation guidelines and a design approach that supports safe and comfortable travel for users of all ages and abilities, regardless of their mode of transportation.
Want to know more about Compete Streets and how the City of Nanaimo is working to develop our own Complete Streets Guidelines? Check out the project web page at www.nanaimo.ca/goto/CompleteStreets
Concept renderings of the proposed improvements prepared by McElhanney