Spring has sprung! This week marked the official beginning of spring. Even though spring in the PNW is often cool and wet (like today!), we see the sun more regularly, spring flowers are blooming, and we enjoy longer hours of daylight. What a great time to snap a few images to submit for the Essence of Bellingham photo competition. We particularly appreciate entries showing people of all ages enjoying everything Bellingham has to offer. Entry deadline for this year’s competition is May 1, 2023. See our recent announcement for details.
Bike boxes and beyond: Along with spring comes more people on bikes. Do you know how to navigate the green bike boxes painted on the road as a bicyclist? As a driver? Our short Bike Boxes and Beyond video will help you understand how they work. Learn more about biking in Bellingham at cob.org/bike.
Bird’s-eye view of greenways: We continue to acquire, develop and maintain greenways across Bellingham through the Greenways Program. Our recent property acquisitions, highlighted in our new Greenways Program 2022 Land Acquisitions video, help ensure new parks, open spaces and trails will be equitably distributed throughout the City. To learn more about these acquisitions, as well as Greenways Program development and maintenance initiatives, visit cob.org/greenways.
Help a sweeper out: Weekly street sweeping helps keep downtown clean, reduces flood risk, and keeps harmful pollutants from being washed into Whatcom Creek and Bellingham Bay. Sweepers need the street clear of parked cars to effectively clean the streets, bike lanes and storm drains. If you plan to park overnight, plan ahead on Monday and Tuesday nights by moving your parked car around the corner. North/South streets are swept on Monday nights (early Tuesday morning) and East/West streets are swept on Tuesday nights (early Wednesday morning). For more information, including a map of sweeping locations, visit cob.org/streets-sweeping
Repairs continue: While most significant road repair and construction takes place during the warm weather months, some work – such as pothole patches and guardrail repair – is done year-round. Use SeeClickFix to alert us to these issues as you see them.