Drive across Vancouver Island and its surrounding islands to experience the rural lifestyle. What do we see? Rural villages that are seriously constrained by excessively wide and dangerous roads (highways actually running through the heart of small villages).
Recently, Gabriola Islanders invited Vancouver Island University Master of Community Planning students to work with the community to develop a Village Vision for the small village near the ferry terminal. While there were lots of design ideas on how to enhance and stimulate a more vibrant and healthier village, all participants agreed that the largest impediment to the creation of a walkable, safe and vibrant village was the excessively wide road standards adopted by the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure.