The Bellingham City Council supports a transportation system that creates efficient movement of people through the City using all forms of travel, while also encouraging a shift away from reliance on single-occupancy vehicles. According to the Legacies and Strategic Commitments adopted by the Council in 2009, transportation goals include providing safe, well-connected mobility options for all users; maintaining and improving streets, trails and other infrastructure; and increasing infrastructure for bicycles and pedestrians to reduce dependence on single-occupancy vehicles.
City of Bellingham transportation planning proceeds under a Complete Networks approach that supports all forms of transportation while ensuring that all choices are safe and practical. In support of this goal, Bellingham has created a Pedestrian Master Plan and a Bicycle Master Plan to ensure that people have safe choices for non-motorized travel. One recent project that advances these plans is a new system of Bicycle Boulevards.
The Council recently approved the 2018-2023 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) that governs investments in sidewalks, bicycle lanes, arterial streets, intersection improvements, traffic signals, and roundabouts. The Council also oversees approximately $5 million dollars of new investments annually in bicycle, pedestrian, transit, and street repair in its role of overseeing the projects of the voter-created Transportation Benefit District.