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May 30, 2023 at 2:11 pm  Politics, Provincial

NANAIMO – New Democrat MLAs Sheila Malcolmson and Doug Routley say people in Nanaimo will benefit from safer roads thanks to a second year of Vision Zero grants.

“People in Nanaimo want their loved ones to feel safe wherever they’re walking, riding, or rolling,” said Sheila Malcolmson, MLA for Nanaimo. “With these Vision Zero grants, we’re supporting safer, more accessible crosswalks in our neighbourhoods.”

The City of Nanaimo is receiving funding of $21,400 in grants for two Vision Zero projects:

  • $10,700 to add a raised crosswalk to the intersection of Georgia Avenue and Dundas Street, adjacent to Georgia Avenue Elementary School
  • $10,700 to add a raised crosswalk on Estevan Street, adjacent to École Océane and part of the larger corridor improvement project

“Children and families deserve to feel safe on their school commute, whatever way they get there,” said Doug Routley, MLA for Nanaimo-North Cowichan. “This grant will help people get to and from school at Georgia Avenue Elementary and École Océane with safer crosswalks.”

A total of $1,030,506 in Vision Zero grants have been distributed to 59 B.C. communities this year. Projects include improved crosswalk infrastructure, traffic calming, speed limit reduction pilots, speed reader boards, improved lighting, road safety planning, and more.

Vision Zero is an international best practice in road safety. By adopting Vision Zero, the New Democrat government has committed to action to decrease deaths and serious injuries on B.C. roads. Making roads safer for all users also helps us tackle climate change, by encouraging lower carbon forms of transport, like walking, cycling, e-scooters, and e-bikes.

Learn More: https://news.gov.bc.ca/28892


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