Policies & Bylaws
The Greater Nanaimo Cycling Coalition is a diverse member-supported organization that advocates for a healthy, safe, cycling-friendly city for all. Our vision is that Nanaimo will become in the near future a city where cycling is as an essential part of its sustainable transportation network, where complete streets have been implemented in all neighbourhoods with safe, accessible on and off road cycling infrastructure, and where the needs of people who cycle are taken into account in all municipal planning and decision-making.
The GNCC has developed a number of Policy Statements and Position Papers on cycling, pedestrian, education, infrastructure development, etc Below is a number of the current papers
Nanaimo Master Transportation Plan
The City's Transportation Master Plan ("NTMP") was adopted by Nanaimo City Council in March 2014. The NTMP aims to shape transportation policy over the next twenty-five years by shifting "the City towards a more balanced multi-modal transportation system" with more support for alternatives to the automobile, namely for cycling, walking and transit.
While the GNCC's position is that the cycling mode share targets are too conservative (see below), we also believe that the NTMP is a significant im- provement on the City's existing Bicycle Facility Design Guidelines and the business-as-usual approach to cycling facilities with its emphasis on marked shared lanes and curb lanes, i.e., investing in paint but little else. As the Plan rightly points out "shared bicycle routes and marked wide curb lanes are not likely to attract new cyclists." To its credit, the Plan incorporates many goals and policies which, if implemented, could eventually lead to a high-quality bicycle network.