New Bikeways

‚ÄčTo increase bicycle connections and improve pedestrian safety around town, the City is implementing new bikeways. This project includes pavement markings for 5 bike boulevards on 5 low volume neighborhood streets totaling approximately 6 miles. Funding for this project comes from Transportation Benefit District #1.

Bicycle Boulevards

Bike boulevards, as identified in the Bicycle Master Plan, create key regional connections between destinations and between neighborhoods east and west of I-5. The following boulevards will be marked this summer.

  • Texas St: Nevada to Michigan
    Tier 1 bicycle boulevard providing a parallel route to Alabama with connections to Moore bike boulevard and Railroad Trail, and Michigan bike boulevard.
  • Illinois St Bike Boulevard: Valencia to Sunset
    Regional bicycle boulevard crossing of I-5 along Illinois Street from Valencia/Railroad Trail west over I-5 to Cornwall Avenue bike lanes into downtown Bellingham. Fourth highest scoring Tier 1 project connects to Undine, St. Paul, and Kentucky/Nevada bike boulevards.
  • Grant Street Bike Boulevard: Illinois to N State
    Tier 2 bicycle connection to Illinois bike boulevard, flashing crosswalk across Alabama, bike boulevard on Kentucky, bike lanes on Ohio and Meador, and planned climbing/shared lanes on Lincoln to Lakeway.
  • Michigan Street Bike Boulevard: Illinois to Texas
    Tier 2 bicycle connection to Texas bike boulevard via pedestrian hybrid beacon (HAWK) signal constructed at Alabama/Michigan in 2015.
  • Ellis Street Bike Boulevard: Squalicum to Ohio
    Completes Tier 2 bicycle connection to Illinois bike boulevard, flashing crosswalk constructed across Alabama in 2015, bike boulevard on Kentucky, bike lanes on Ohio, intersection improvements at Ohio/Ellis, and multi-use trail over Whatcom Creek.

Timeline of Events

Past Decisions

  • 2005: Bicycle-Pedestrian Advisory Committee recommends bike lanes on Ohio Street
  • 2006: Adopted Bellingham Comprehensive Plan recommends bike lanes for Ohio Street, as follows: "Improve bicycle safety and efficiency on Ohio between Cornwall and I-5, including bike lanes or shoulders."
  • 2012: Pedestrian Master Plan identifies Ohio/Ellis intersection for crossing improvements
  • 2013: Bellingham Transportation Commission recommends Bike lanes on Ohio Street
  • 2013: Transportation Benefit District Board of Directors funds bike lanes on Ohio and intersection safety improvements at Ohio/Ellis, scheduled for 2014 design and construction, delayed to 2015 due to shortage of engineering staff
  • 2014: Bicycle Master Plan identifies Ohio/Grant intersection for crossing improvements and parking removal recommended for Ohio Street in order to install bicycle lanes
  • January 13, 2015: Transportation Commission passed a resolution to remove parking on the south side of Ohio Street in order to provide bike lanes between Cornwall Ave. and Grant St.
  • February 9, 2015: City Council approved the removal of parking on the south side of Ohio Street to accommodate bike lanes between Cornwall Ave. and Grant St.

2014 Activities

  • August-September 2014: Parking survey completed to document parking use rates before and after beginning of 2014-2015 Bellingham School District academic year
  • October 30, 2014: Public Works letter mailed to all property owners and businesses along Ohio Street notifying them of a December 16, 2014 public Open House event and inviting them to meet with City staff and discuss the project proposal and their parking needs and/or concerns on Ohio Street
  • November 2014: Public Works staff met with owners/representatives from seven individual businesses. No other businesses responded to October 30, 2014 letter.
  • December 1, 2014: Public Works letter and Open House notice mailed to all property owners and businesses along Ohio Street encouraging them to attend December 16, 2014 Open House
  • December 16, 2014: Ohio Corridor Public Open House, 5:30-7pm in the Bellingham High School cafeteria

Proposed 2015 Activities

  • July - August 2015: Proposed construction of intersection crossing improvements at Ohio/Ellis and Ohio/Grant and installation of bike lanes along Ohio from Cornwall to State Street

contacts

Kim Brown
Phone: (360) 778-7950