Sprawling out often means consuming land, misusing resources, and forcing residents into private cars. Building denser cities with people in mind can contribute to a reduction in greenhouse emissions while also improving the lives of residents.
Strong Towns Nanaimo Articles
Want to learn more about urbanism in Nanaimo? Choose an article below and start your Strong Towns journey! Articles range from walkable neighbourhoods to transit and active transportation.
Planting street trees goes beyond enhancing the streetscape's beauty; it offers various advantages. Besides creating an aesthetically pleasing environment, street trees contribute to safety by guiding traffic and creating a physical barrier between pedestrians and vehicles. They foster community well-being, encouraging outdoor activities, reducing driving, and increasing neighborhood pride. Additionally, urban street trees help lower energy costs by providing shade, potentially saving households up to 35%.
Our group sees the development partnership of Te’tuxwtun as an opportunity to add to the increasing vitality and diversity of the Harewood Neighbourhood.
Despite Nanaimo's own design and safety guidelines advocating for minimizing conflicts between drivers and vulnerable road users, the outcome of the Fifth Street project falls short of creating a truly complete street. The hope remains that future projects, such as the Bruce and Fifth Complete Streets initiatives, will address these concerns and provide safer, more accessible infrastructure for all residents.
The proposed transit exchange in Nanaimo is essential for promoting equity, economic prosperity, and environmental sustainability. Investing in the exchange enhances Nanaimo's livability and productivity. Opposition may not represent the thousands who rely on buses daily. Supporting this initiative aligns with a vision for a more inclusive and accessible city.
Nanaimo plans to amend its zoning bylaws to allow more “missing middle” housing. Fill out the survey and have your say! Survey ends on September 29th, 2023. The survey contains a section for each of the four proposed initiatives and will take approximately 5 to 15 minutes to complete, depending on which initiatives you would like to provide feedback on.
Recent comments made by a Councillor highlights common misunderstandings and myths about road safety. Strong Towns mean safe streets for all, including drivers and pedestrians.
Exciting new active transportation corridors are sprouting up throughout our town, reflecting a shift in Nanaimoites' mindset regarding transportation. Furthermore, it is evident that city staff are wholeheartedly dedicated to enhancing our streets for the benefit of all residents.
More Canadians are buying trucks over sedans every year. Let’s look at the numbers to see how “safe” trucks really are on our roads.
There are loads of changes coming to Nanaimo! The Mary Ellen roundabout is now complete in the North End. The Hullo fast ferry is slated to launch in June. And, Nanaimo city council approves new low-rises and condos downtown.
Upzoning all of British Columbia will help increase housing diversity, improve housing affordability, and enhance walkability in our cities while preserving neighbourhood character.
The roundabout is already seeing use! Drivers and pedestrians can now safely leave the once-notorious Woodgrove Crossing parking lot.
We need to rethink how we talk about car accidents involving pedestrians in Nanaimo. Pedestrians are seen as obstacles for drivers who are often driving too fast and are too distracted along roads that are all too wide.