Improving neighbourhood livability and transportation safety in Nanaimo, BC
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The purpose of this major project is to improve neighbourhood livability and transportation safety in Nanaimo, BC. The project uses a study area consisting of portions of the Old City and Harewood neighbourhoods to research transportation safety and livability at a neighbourhood level. Residents were engaged in the study through a public survey to understand their perspectives on transportation safety and ideas for improvements. Additional research methods included document analysis of Vision Zero road safety programs in other Canadian municipalities, site observations within the study neighbourhood, and data analysis of collisions involving vulnerable road users. The project recommends transportation infrastructure improvements to enhance safety and offers a concept design for the study area based on the research findings. Recommended next steps for the project include a community review of the concept design, a feasibility study, a transportation equity study, and future development of a Vision Zero safety plan for Nanaimo.