The City of Bellingham is seeking public input on ways to improve amenities for bicyclists throughout Bellingham. The feedback will guide future planning for new or improved bicycle lanes, intersection improvements, and possible vehicle lane removal in an update to the 2014 Bicycle Master Plan.
All community members, including those with limited or no biking experience, are invited to provide input via the Engage Bellingham Bicycle Master Plan Updates project page, which has an online interactive map to add ideas, a community survey, space to leave comments or questions, and Spanish language feedback options.
The Bicycle Master Plan identifies steps for creating a safe, well-connected environment for those of all ages and abilities to bike for daily transportation, enjoyment or exercise. Since the original plan’s adoption in 2014, over 50% of the projects identified in the master plan have been completed, the population of Bellingham has grown, and the needs and priorities of the community may have changed. Public feedback is essential to creating an updated plan that reflects the community’s needs and interests.
“Providing a network of safe bikeways for people at all comfort levels is a priority,” said Eric Johnston, director of Public Works. “Prioritizing projects on the network is a big part of that puzzle and the choices we make today have a long-term impact. The feedback the community gives us now will drive many transportation decisions for the next decade or more.”
This first round of public input will be combined with staff technical analysis to shape the draft plan updates. Community members will have the opportunity to view the draft recommendations and provide further feedback this summer. The Pedestrian Master Plan is also in the process of being updated and the draft recommendations can be viewed on the Engage Bellingham project page.
Please visit the Pedestrian and Bicycle Master Plan Updates page to learn more and access all input opportunities, or sign up for project update emails.