Page Title: Bellingham's Pedestrian Master Plan
Bellingham's Pedestrian Master Plan
"The Pedestrian Master Plan is Bellingham's action agenda to create a safer, more walkable and healthy city. Implementing this plan is key to enhancing our quality of life, fostering economic vitality, and protecting our environment. Most importantly, this plan builds a sense of community. When we walk, we connect more with others and with our environment. Let's work together to make the vision in this plan a reality!"
- Kelli Linville, Mayor of Bellingham, 2012-2020
Bellingham's Pedestrian Master Plan was first created over a 14-month process in 2011 and 2012. It was adopted by a unanimous vote of the City Council in August 2012. Since then, the recommendations, tools, and policies contained within the Plan have served as the basis for the City's pedestrian infrastructure projects and programs. The City is now in the process of updating the 2012 Plan, with the goal of adopting the updated plan sometime in 2022.
Pedestrian Master Plan Workgroup
Walk & Roll Bellingham has formed a workgroup which is creating a set of recommendations for the Pedestrian Master Plan update that will be published on our website. If you have a suggestion for a Bellingham-area improvement that could improve activities such as walking, pushing a stroller or rolling in a wheelchair, use this form to share your suggestion with us:
- Nick Sotak
- Janet Higbee-Robinson
- Jenny Tennessen
- Liza Higbee-Robinson
- Rhys Faler
- Robin Thomas
Get in touch with the workgroup:
Section Title: Update Process
City of Bellingham's Pedestrian Master Plan Update Process
City Staff Prepare
COB staff prepare to initiate the Pedestrian Master Plan update process
RFQ Posted Online
COB posts a RFQ which begins the process of selecting and hiring a consulting agency to work on helping to update the Pedestrian Master Plan.
Consulting Agency Selected
(expected Feb 2022)
COB selects a consulting agency to work on the Pedestrian Master Plan update
Project Management Team Begins Work
Representatives from COB’s Public Works and Planning departments, along with the consulting agency begin work
Opportunities for Public Involvement
COB will seek the public's input through a number of as-yet-undefined opportunities such as surveys and workshops.
Draft Plan Update Completed
The initial draft of the Pedestrian Master Plan is completed and submitted to the Bellingham City Council.
Final Plan Update Adopted
Bellingham City Council vote and approve the adoption of the updated Pedestrian Master Plan
Steering Committee Begins Work
A steering committee comprised of representatives of key community stakeholders is formed and begins to meet.
View the 2012 Pedestrian Master Plan PDF
- Cover, Acknowledgements, Table of Contents and Executive Summary (14 pages)
- Chapter 1: Introduction (20 pages)
- Chapter 2: Policy Recommendations (6 pages)
- Chapter 3: Pedestrian Network Recommendations (18 pages)
- Chapter 4: Design Guidance (30 pages)
- Chapter 5: Program Recommendations (12 pages)
- Chapter 6: Implementation (29 pages)
- Appendix A: Commuinty Survey Summary with Appendix (90 pages)
- Appendix B: Technical Memorandum: Pedestrian Needs Analysis (24 pages)
- Appendix C: Pedestrian Master Plan Project List (18 pages)
- Appendix D: Summary of Existing Pedestrian Policy (37 pages)
City of Bellingham's official Pedestrian Master Plan website: cob.org/services/planning/transportation-planning/pedestrian-master-planning
Chris Comeau presentation, 2020-12-01: "The Creation, Implementation, & Update of Bellingham’s Pedestrian & Bicycle Master Plans" [PDF]