Bike-friendly Bellingham earns national recognition

Bellingham has received a Silver Level Bicycle Friendly Community award from the League of American Bicyclists.

“We are excited that Bellingham recognizes that simple steps to make biking safe and comfortable pay huge dividends in civic, community and economic development,” said league president Andy Clarke, in a press release. “Bicycling is more than a practical, cost-effective solution to many municipal challenges—it’s a way to make Bellingham a place where people don’t just live and work, but thrive.”

In the award’s application process, Bellingham city officials highlighted accomplishments such as new funding for bicycle and pedestrian projects through Transportation Benefit District No. 1, completion of the Northwest/Elm/Dupont corridor bike lane project, everybodyBIKE education classes and bike skills courses, as well as the increasing number of city-wide bicycle trips.

“Bellingham is honored to be a silver-level BFC, but we’re looking ahead toward gold,” said Kim Brown, the city’s transportation options coordinator.

City officials have several bicycle facility improvements in the works and plans to develop a Bicycle Master Plan in 2013.

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