The City of Bellingham is seeking public input on ways to improve amenities for pedestrians throughout Bellingham. Opportunities to provide feedback are available online and in-person, including an open house scheduled for June 1.
The feedback will inform future planning for things such as sidewalks, crosswalks and intersection design in an update to the Pedestrian Master Plan.
The 2012 Pedestrian Master Plan identifies 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 initial development of the 2012 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.
All community members, including those that live, work, or frequently visit Bellingham, are invited to provide input on pedestrian improvements. Public engagement opportunities include:
- Attend the in-person open house on Wednesday, June 1 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Shuksan Middle School gymnasium (2717 Alderwood Avenue). Spanish and ASL interpretation and activities for children provided.
- Engage Bellingham Pedestrian and Bicycle Master Plan Updates to ask questions or provide feedback on 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.