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Pedestrian Master Plan Open House
June 1 , 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
The City of Bellingham is seeking public input on community needs to improve walking as a mode of transportation throughout Bellingham. All those that live, work or visit Bellingham are invited to the Pedestrian Master Plan Update open house on Wednesday, June 1 between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m.
The update of the Pedestrian Master Plan will identify further steps for creating a safe, well connected and attractive environment for people of all ages and abilities to walk for enjoyment, exercise and daily transportation. Since the development of the Plan, many things have changed; numerous pedestrian projects have been completed, the population of Bellingham has grown, and the needs and priorities of the community have changed. Public feedback is essential to creating an updated plan that reflects the community’s needs and interests.
The open house will have stations where you can provide feedback on how you would like to see the pedestrian network grow. There will also be opportunities to learn about the process of updating the existing Pedestrian Master Plan and how the pedestrian network has grown since the adoption of the 2012 Pedestrian Master Plan. Short presentations will take place at 6:20 p.m. and 7:20 p.m., stop in anytime between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Spanish and ASL interpretation will be provided. The whole family is welcome, kid-friendly activities will be available.
This event will be held in the gymnasium at Shuksan Middle School at 2717 Alderwood Avenue.
Alternative transportation options are encouraged. Shuksan Middle School is near a Whatcom Transportation Authority (WTA) bus line; to find a bus route use the WTA online trip Planner. The middle school is also accessible via bike routes, you can use the bike route map to plan your trip at cob.org/bike.
Additional Feedback Opportunities
Visit the Engage Bellingham Pedestrian and Bicycle Master Plan Updates page to ask questions or provide feedback through the interactive webmap and survey. Public input on pedestrian improvements will be accepted through July 1, 2022.
The Pedestrian and Bicycle Master Plans are both being updated from Spring 2022 through Summer 2023. The update process begins with a focus on the Pedestrian Master Plan, followed by the Bicycle Master Plan in the fall of 2022. Additional opportunities for community engagement will continue during the bicycle discovery phase and once drafts of the plans have been produced.
|Timeframe||Task||Public Engagement Opportunities|
|Spring and Summer 2022||Discovery: Research policies, analyze the pedestrian network, and hear from the community||Share your thoughts through the live survey and at an open house|
|Fall 2022||Ped Plan Development: Develop an updated pedestrian plan including proposed recommendations||Learn more and share your feedback at an open house|
|Fall and Winter 2022||Discovery: Research policies, analyze the bicycle network|
|Winter 2022||Bike Plan Development: Hear from the community and develop an updated bicycle plan including proposed recommendations||Share your thoughts through the live survey and at an open house|
|Spring 2023||Stakeholder Review: City-wide committees review the plans||Learn more and share your feedback at an open house|
|Summer 2023||Plan Adoption: Updated plans are adopted|
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