Transition Whatcom

Sustainable Transportation


Sustainable Transportation

This sustainable transportation workgroup is forming with the collective energy and enthusiasm toward making transportation in and around Bellingham and Whatcom County more sustainable and friendly.

Location: Whatcom County
Members: 49
Latest Activity: Apr 10, 2015

For anyone unfamiliar with the Transportation Issues thread, here is a link to it in the forum: The thread contains many ideas, links to articles, and videos of interest to this group.

Here are a few of the major links contained within the Transportation Issues thread:

Discussion Forum

Bellingham residents’ input sought for bicycle routes, facilities and more

Started by David MacLeod. Last reply by Emily Farrell Apr 10, 2013. 1 Reply

Posted: April 10, 2013 8:02:43 AM PDTPeople throughout Bellingham are invited to participate in an upcoming Open House and online survey. Public participation is critical to shaping the City’s plan…Continue

Calling ALL bus riders and public transportation supporters!

Started by Renata Beata Kowalczyk. Last reply by Renata Beata Kowalczyk Jul 19, 2010. 4 Replies

The WTA Board meeting on July 15th at 8am is open to public comments. The issues to be discussed are proposed service cuts (for example, no Sunday service).This is great opportunity for TW…Continue

Material discussed at April 22 meeting

Started by Jim McCabe May 3, 2010. 0 Replies

Here is the material I mentioned at the April 22 meeting.The first doc is data from the first SocialData survey in 2007.  Werner Brog presented the results of the 2009 follow up survey at the City…Continue

bike move organization

Started by Joseph Ford. Last reply by Joseph Ford Apr 27, 2010. 16 Replies

I'm trying to get the ball rolling for some more pedal powered moves. When there’s an actual event planned it will go out on the TW calendar. Until then, I’ll be using this discussion asa means to…Continue

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Comment by Jim McCabe on October 11, 2010 at 1:21am
The split of the funding among the three areas has not been determined. The decision will be made by the Transportation Benefit District board (which is the same as the City Council) with advice from the Transportation Commission (Which I am on). The projects will come from projects #1 (Annual Pavement Resurfacing), #16 (Non-Motorized Transportation Options) and #17 (Transit Enhancement Options) in the 2011-2016 TIP (Transportation Improvement Program). Bike /Ped projects will come from those currently in the Comp Plan, which were generated by the BPAC and neighborhood submissions. The Transportation Commission is charged with prioritizing bike/ped projects.
I am not aware of the plans at Irongate but will check into it.
Jim McCabe
Comment by Juliet Thompson on October 8, 2010 at 6:43pm
Hi Warren,
I hope to accompany you at the table for this event, at least for the timeframe between 5:30 pm and the beginning of Mia's talk at 7 pm.
Comment by Juliet Thompson on October 8, 2010 at 6:42pm
Jim, So glad to hear that bike and ped projects will also benefit from Prop 1. My read through of the announcement from the city made it sound like there would be very little benefit to bike and ped. A question I always have when hearing about funding benefits, is what percentage of the FUNDING, not what number of projects, would be dedicated to bike and ped projects? Since roadway projects are incrementally much more costly than bike and ped, I think it's an important question. Also when that question is asked, it implies that bike and ped facilities could be SEPARATE from car facilities, which is what we need to continue to work on - the major routes in and out of the city, N/S/E/W for bikes in particular. Most car facilities are accompanied by pedestrian benefits, but bike facilities are not always included. In the case of Hannegan improvements from Sunset to Bakerview, no ped or bike facilities were included. Do you have any information on the trail or access road that is being constructed at the bottom of the hill near Irongate?
Thanks for the information.
Comment by warren miller on October 8, 2010 at 10:23am
I will be at the Joyride event on Oct 13th to run the Transition Whatcom table- I have some handouts and can discuss the wider TW topics. If someone else from the Working Group want's to help (to out to talk about the WG related activity) it would be great. Just send me a message. The detailed info is in Davids posting below...
Comment by Jim McCabe on October 8, 2010 at 1:31am
Proposition 1 on the November Ballot
You may have heard about or received a mailer about Proposition 1 on the November ballot. The measure, if passed, would generate revenue for bike/pedestrian projects, restoring Sunday transit service in Bellingham, and necessary street maintenance (repaving). The funds would be administered by the recently created Bellingham Transportation Benefit District.
Prop 1 proposes a 0.002 (0.2 cent) increase in the sales tax. The measure, if passed, would generate about $3.8 million/year over 10 years. The tax increase ends after 10 years. The added cost for the average Bellingham resident would be about a dollar per month.
Funding for sustainable transportation projects has been significantly reduced in the current economy. Total transportation funding is less than half what it was just a few years ago.
Prop 1 is an opportunity to provide more support for sustainable transportation as the majority of the funding would be for projects encouraging reduced use of single occupancy motor vehicles. I urge your support of Prop 1.
Let me know if you have questions on the proposition.
Jim McCabe
Comment by David MacLeod on October 2, 2010 at 11:58am
Anyone from the Sustainable Transportation group want to table for Transition Whatcom at the Mia Birk event?

You're Invited!

To Table at an INFO FAIR supporting sustainable transportation

“Joyride: Pedalling Toward a Healthier Planet”

Wednesday, October 13th 3pm & 8pm

As you know, nationally-acclaimed transportation planner, Mia Birk, is coming to Bellingham Wednesday October 13th. We’d like to invite your organization to participate in the Info Fairs following her afternoon and evening presentations. We want our attendees, inspired by Mia’s presentations, to have a practical outlet for pursuing better transportation decisions. That’s why we need you to let them know what you do and how they can jump on the sustainable transportation wagon!

There will be two one-hour Info Fairs from 3:00-4:00pm, and 8:00-9:00pm. If you choose to participate, we required that you have at least one representative present during these times. Set up will be from 11:30 – 12:00pm. Tear down will begin at 9:00pm.

If you would like to join us in reaching the community to take action toward improving access to sustainable transportation throughout Bellingham, please R.S.V.P. to by Friday, October 8th. Please include the number of parking passes you will need and the names of your drivers. Note, we strongly encourage you to utilize public transportation and/or bicycle to this event. Click here for a bus trip plan. Linda, from Everybody Bike, will be pulling her tabling materials on their 6-foot bicycle trailer. Way to go Linda!

JoyRide Agenda, Wed Oct 13th

11:30 - 12:00pm

Info Fair tablers set up in Viking Union MPR

12:00 - 2:00pm

WWU Sustainability Week Info Fair: connecting students with sustainability advocacy groups on and off campus

2:00 - 3:00pm

Afternoon presentation: discuss problems and practical solutions for implementing green transportation. For students, faculty, city council members, RE Sources sustainability sponsors and members

3:00 - 3:15pm


3:15 - 4:00pm

Afternoon Info fair: putting energy into action by connecting individuals with groups. For nonprofits/advocacy groups related to sustainable transportation. Mia to sell & sign books.

4:30 – 5:45pm


6:15 -6:45pm

VIP Social: RE Sources & WWU sustainability sponsors and major donors casually meet with Mia, Refreshments served

7:00 - 8:00pm

Public Book Reading: Mia recounts her personal process integrating sustainable transportation into her life and community. Open to public.

8:00 - 8:15pm


8:15 – 9:00pm

Evening info fair: putting energy into action by connecting individuals with groups. For nonprofits/advocacy groups related to sustainable transportation. Mia to sell & sign books.

This event is a service of WWU Office of Sustainability and RE Sources for Sustainable Communities.

Special Thanks to our Sponsors:
Sanitary Services Company, Our generous Cornerstone Sponsor

Wilson Engineering LLC

A-1 Building, Inc.


Kulshan Cycles

Recycling and Disposal Services

Soundwide Starrfish Consulting

Village Books

Fairhaven Village Inn


Hannah Coughlin
RE Sources for Sustainable Communities
Marketing and Membership Coordinator
Comment by warren miller on September 28, 2010 at 12:03pm
How about organizing a group Bike-Pool to the HarvestFest this Saturday at Cornwall Park? Anyone have a good idea for a meeting location we could all gather at and then Bike together to the event?
Comment by David MacLeod on September 22, 2010 at 7:47pm
Sustainable Transportation Group, check out the Oct 13 event featuring Mia Bork, "Pedaling Toward a Healthy Planet." A book reading and presentation:

And here's a document about attending the event using alternative transportation:
Comment by Joseph Ford on August 25, 2010 at 10:35am
Oh, and I'll let you know if I can firmly commit soon.
Comment by Joseph Ford on August 25, 2010 at 10:34am
Rob, I believe I'm available on that date and would love to help. I would suggest putting the word out on craigslist in the for sale-bicycles section. I know it's only supposed to be postings for selling bikes but it's often used for communications in the cycling community. I think finding 10 people with bikes and trailers that would help out is pretty realistic.

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