Pedestrian Master Planning
The Bellingham Pedestrian
Master Plan identifies steps toward creating a safe, well-connected and
attractive pedestrian environment for all members of the community.
Pedestrian Master Plan Vision Statement
Bellingham is a community that invites people of all ages and abilities
to walk for enjoyment, exercise, and daily transportation by providing a
safe, convenient and attractive pedestrian environment.
Pedestrian Master Plan
Open House Display Boards May 15, 2012
Pedestrian Master Plan Goals
- Multi-modal Transportation:
Develop high-quality pedestrian facilities that provide access to
all other modes of transportation.
Improve pedestrian safety through well-designed facilities along and
across roadways, and by promoting safe driving, walking and
Provide accessible pedestrian facilities for all through equity in
public engagement, service delivery and capital investment.
- Public and Environmental Health:
Develop a pedestrian network that promotes active, healthy
lifestyles and sustains a healthy environment.
- Economic Sustainability:
Enhance economic vibrancy by creating a safe and aesthetically
pleasing walking environment with easy connections to commercial
centers and inviting public places for people to socialize.
Provide a citywide network of accessible, efficient and convenient
pedestrian infrastructure that connects homes, work, shopping,
schools, services, and recreation areas using sidewalks, crosswalks,
trails, bridges, tunnels, and signage.
- Land Use and Site Design:
Employ land use planning and site design requirements that are
conducive to pedestrians and result in a mode shift away from
automobile trips to walking trips.
Community Survey Summary
Opinions and information gathered from the public survey and public
workshops were used as a basis for understanding the needs, ideas and
concerns of Bellingham residents. The survey findings and locations of
concern were used, along with other information, to inform the planning
process and create the prioritized list of recommended improvements to the walking environment.
Led by the City of Bellingham Public Works Department, the planning
process kicked off on April 28, 2011 and the
first public workshop (video)
was held May 11, 2011. Residents who were not able to participate in the workshop
could submit comments through an on-line survey through June 15, 2011.
The plan will be incorporated into the
Element of the City's Comprehensive
Public input was sought throughout four phases of the pedestrian planning
process: assessing existing conditions, developing a vision for the plan,
determining user needs and demands, and developing the pedestrian network
For more information contact the
Public Works Department
Transportation Options Coordinator, 778-7900