Pedestrian Discovery Phase

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Six youth cross 4-lane road at designated crosswalk while car and truck are stopped to allow for safe crossing.

The pedestrian network consists of sidewalks, trails, connector stairs, crosswalks, curb cuts, lighting, and traffic signals and signs. This network is used by not only people walking from point A to point B, but also for exercise, enjoyment, skateboarding and riding bikes. Whether it is walking a short distance, such as from where your car is parked into the store, or a marathon, access and connectivity affects us all.

During the pedestrian discovery phase, we will collect public input through the survey and webmap and at the open house. At the same time we will also assess the existing

The pedestrian network consists of sidewalks, trails, connector stairs, crosswalks, curb cuts, lighting, and traffic signals and signs. This network is used by not only people walking from point A to point B, but also for exercise, enjoyment, skateboarding and riding bikes. Whether it is walking a short distance, such as from where your car is parked into the store, or a marathon, access and connectivity affects us all.

During the pedestrian discovery phase, we will collect public input through the survey and webmap and at the open house. At the same time we will also assess the existing pedestrian network, conduct Technical Review Committee meetings with topic-oriented advocacy and community organizations, and compile and integrate existing policies and applicable plans.

How you can get involved

The public input period for the Pedestrian Master Plan Discover Phase ended July 1, 2022. You can still:

  • Participate in Neighborhood Association meetings.
  • Invite your friends, family, and neighbors to get involved.

What type of public input are we looking for?

No idea is too big or too small to be considered as a possible pedestrian improvement. Pedestrian upgrade suggestions could be, but are not limited to:

  • Adding a crosswalk at an intersection or across a road that does not have an intersection nearby.
  • Improving overhead lighting to improve pedestrian safety.
  • Installing a pedestrian crossing signal.
  • Adding sidewalks alongside a street.
  • Improving accessibility.

For more immediate action, non-complaint ADA sidewalks, curb ramps, pedestrian push buttons or other pedestrian-related facilities can be directly reported to the City of Bellingham's ADA Coordinator through SeeClickFix or:

ada@cob.org
(360) 778-7950
Relay 7-1-1

SeeClickFix is a tool to report non-emergency issues from your phone or desktop.

What happens after the discovery phase?

The information gathered during the discovery phase will then be used to update the existing Pedestrian Master Plan. The draft plan update will be presented to the public in Fall 2022 for additional input. We anticipate completion of plan updates and presentation to City Council in Summer 2023.

In Fall 2022, the bicycle discovery phase will begin; a similar process which will include public input, gathering stakeholder input through Technical Review Committees, assessing the existing network and integrating policies and plans.

Timeline of Pedestrian and Bicycle Master Plan Update Project: Spring/Summer 2022 -Pedestrian Discovery phase, Fall 2022 - Pedestrian Plan Development Phase, Fall/Winter 2022 - Bicycle Discovery Phase, Winter 2022 - Bicycle Plan Development Phase, Spring 2023 - Stakeholder Review, Summer 2023 - Plan Adoption.


  • Bicycle Survey and Webmap

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    The survey will remain live until the end of the Bicycle Master Plan Update Discovery Phase to collect public input on improving the bicycle network. The public input period to collect ideas on improving the pedestrian network ended July 1, 2022, any public input added after July 1, 2022 pertaining to the pedestrian network will not be included in the Pedestrian Master Plan Update. A second round of public engagement for the Pedestrian Master Plan will take place in autumn 2022.

    The survey begins with optional demographic questions, then asks about people’s walking and biking experiences in Bellingham. In the interactive webmap you can place location-specific comments and suggestions for how the City can continue to improve walking and biking in Bellingham.

    The survey is for everyone living, working or visiting in Bellingham and its urban growth areas; and any and all input is welcome.

  • June 1 Open House

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    Pedestrian Master Plan Update Open House
    June 1, 2022, 6 p.m - 8 p.m.
    Shuksan Middle School

    There will be short presentations at 6:20 pm and 7:20 pm, stop in anytime between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. All those that live, work or visit Bellingham frequently are invited to participate.

    Spanish and ASL translations will be provided. The whole family is welcome, kid-friendly activities will be available.

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