Bellingham plans bike, pedestrian changes for greater safety

BELLINGHAM, Wash. (AP) — A Washington state city is planning changes to make streets safer for drivers, bicyclists and pedestrians.

The Bellingham Herald reports residents will see substantial changes across Bellingham over the next few months.

New or additional access for bicyclists and pedestrians is planned, including expanded bike lanes, pedestrian crossings and new stoplights.

Transportation planner Chris Comeau says the aim is balance.

Some streets will lose a lane of traffic to accommodate a buffered bike lane that separates bikes from motor vehicles.

New or expanded crosswalks will help pedestrians get back and forth across two heavily traveled commercial corridors.

A 2014 American Community Survey indicated that Bellingham ranks 21st among U.S. cities with a population greater than 65,000 for highest rates of bicycle commuting.