To 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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
- 2005: Bicycle-Pedestrian Advisory Committee recommends bike lanes on Ohio
- 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
- 2013: Bellingham Transportation Commission recommends Bike lanes on Ohio
- 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
- 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
- August-September 2014: Parking survey completed to document parking use
rates before and after beginning of 2014-2015 Bellingham School District
- 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