Nanaimo City Council identified the Georgia Avenue Pedestrian / Cycling Bridge over the Chase River project as one of the Top 5 Key Capital Projects and Initiatives in the 2016-2019 Strategic Plan Update. This bridge is the main component of Phase 1 of the Georgia Greenway. Without this bridge, Phase 1 would not be possible.
The Georgia Greenway is supported by the Harewood Neighbourhood Plan, the Official Community Plan, the Harewood Centennial Park Master Plan, and the Nanaimo Transportation Master Plan.
The 2013 Harewood Neighbourhood Plan includes an Urban Design Framework that is intended to provide overall direction and help guide future development within Harewood. One of the key strategies identified in the plan is to:
“Create a neighbourhood street bikeway on Georgia Avenue, including a multi use path across Harewood Centennial Park, and a multi modal bridge across Chase River. This route will utilize rear lanes as well as sections of Georgia Avenue between Fourth Street and Eighth Street. Over time, the route could be developed into a full greenway street with traffic calming features to limit / slow vehicular traffic.” Page 72, Harewood Neighbourhood Plan
Through completing projects like the Georgia Greenway, the City takes one step closer to making goals reality and creating a livable and environmentally sustainable community where walking and cycling are key components of the transportation system.
Our goal is to create a comfortable experience for users of all ages, abilities, and confidence level by incorporating a variety of pedestrian and cycling facilities such as multi-use pathways, traffic calmed local streets, and improved road crossings.