West College Way opens to traffic

The construction on West College Way between Bill McDonald Parkway and Highland Drive is now open after an earlier closure due to the construction of new concrete on the roads, according to information from the City of Bellingham.

Raised pavement markers are still on the agenda to be installed on the road, but that work will not cause the road to be closed off. This project is set to be on schedule for completion by July 3.

Monday, June 29, 2015 - 12:43pm

Special intersession parking canceled

Western Washington University experienced heavy use of the G parking lots on Monday, June 15, the first day of intercession. This caused those permit holders who are specific G lots to be displaced. Access to 19G and CBS are closed due to the city road closure, which has added demand on the other G lots.

In consideration of permit holders who are being displaced, Parking Services has decided to cancel intersession parking and resume normal parking regulations and enforcement. This will not apply to the 19G permit holders, whose lot remains closed.

Part-time permits will be honored in the gravel C/12A lots for the time that is not indicated on the permit. Those with such permits may use the assigned lot for the times approved.

The after-hours permit will be honored in the gravel C/12A lots only. Commuters may continue to use them after hours as stated on the permit.

For more information, contact Parking Services.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015 - 10:26am

West College Way closed near Rec Center

West College Way between Bill McDonald Parkway and Highland Drive will be closed all hours through July 3 while crews working for the city of Bellingham replace the concrete.

Buses are running, but stops in near the Campus Services Building and the Wade King Student Recreation center have been closed to accommodate the detour.

While the construction is underway, buses will follow this detour route (reverse for buses headed north): Straight on Highland Drive past the water tower and then left onto Knox Avenue. Follow that down to 20th Street and then follow 20th down Taylor Avenue. Turn left onto 21st Street and stop, if necessary at the temporary stop at Bennett Avenue and 21st Street. Turn right onto Bill McDonald Parkway and then proceed to all regular stops. The 14 bus will turn right onto 21st Street and proceed to regular route.

Detour routes are posted along the streets. For more information, contact Bill Dorn, street supervisor, at or 360-778-7900.

Monday, June 15, 2015 - 2:53pm

Smart Trips planning picnic ride in Red Square June 24

Smart Trips is bringing cool bikes—including a stylish e-bike—for a picnic ride at noon Wednesday, June 24. Come as you are, no special clothes required.

The ride will proceed leisurely from Red Square to the Fairhaven Farmers Market. Bring a brown bag lunch or buy something at the market.

On the way, get tips from the Smart Trips team on how shifting gears can make for a more comfortable ride. Four commuter bikes from the Outdoor Center will be available for use. To reserve a bike, call 360-650-7245 or email

No need to RSVP.

Thursday, June 11, 2015 - 10:23am

Where can I park during intersession June 15-21?

Curious where you can park on campus during intersession June 15 to 21? 

If you have a valid spring quarter, academic or annual permit or a or a valid after-hours permit displayed in your vehicle, you may be parked in the following lots: 5G, 7G, 11G, 12A, C, 14G, 17G, 19G, 22G, 24G, 30G, 32G, 33G and all R lots. Permits are not valid in metered, reserved or disability spaces or in the 11G carpool area. Evening commuter pack permits are not valid during intersession.

Those who do not have a current permit may purchase one for the break at Parking Services. Evening parking regulations remain in effect. For more information, call 360-650-2945. For after-hours assistance, call 360-650-3555 or visit

New summer quarter permits must be displayed beginning Monday, June 22, when regular parking regulations will resume.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015 - 11:51am

In fall, permits will be required for parking at Lincoln Creek

Starting this fall, a permit will be required to park in Western Washington University's Lincoln Creek Transportation Center. The permit will be free for the 2015-16 school year as the lot transitions to a permit system. Starting with the 2016-17 school year, the lot may have a minimal fee.

The transition to a permit system will allow for utilization tracking of the lot and provide a means to communicate with lot users. In addition, charging fees for the lot will assist in offsetting its maintenance costs and allow for future upgrades.

Permits will be available online or in the Parking Services office starting in mid-September. Signs will be posted at the lot through fall quarter regarding the change to the permit system; the signs will have QR codes that will allow smartphone users to go quickly and easily to the Parking Services website to apply for a permit.

For more information, contact Parking Services at 360-650-2945.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015 - 9:39am

Summer bus passes for faculty, staff now available

Summer bus passes for Western Washington University faculty and staff are now for sale and will be valid for use beginning June 22.

Employees who purchased an academic-year pass will pay less for the summer pass. For those who purchased an academic year pass, the summer bus pass price is $40. Those who did not purchase an academic year pass will pay $70 for a summer pass.

There are several ways that eligible employees can purchase a bus pass:

Payroll Deduction: If eligible for payroll deduction (and receiving paychecks throughout the summer), employees can submit a "Viking Xpress Bus Pass Payroll Authorization" esign form, found on the Transportation website.

Cashier's Office or Online: Employees can mail (MS 9197), fax (360-650-2090) or drop off a paper bus pass request form in Viking Commons 25. Paper forms can be found online or picked up in VC25. Payment will be taken at the Student Business Office in Old Main or online (Online payment is completed through CashNet on MyWestern and incurs a 2.75-percent convenience fee).

Please contact the Sustainable Transportation Office at 360-650-7960 with any questions.

Monday, June 1, 2015 - 11:09am

Alumna demonstrates e-bikes, bike-sharing system

Western alumna Katherine Frankhauser visited Western Washington University's Bellingham campus Thursday, May 21, to demonstrate electric bicycles and to talk about bike-sharing programs.

Faculty/staff parking applications open July 13

The timeframe for Western Washington University faculty and staff to apply for parking permits has changed.

Online applications for parking permits for the 2015-2016 year will be open at 8 a.m. Monday, July 13. The deadline is 8 a.m. Monday, Aug. 10. All applications submitted after the deadline will be considered late.

A “reminder to apply notification” will be sent to all Faculty & Staff via their WWU email prior to the application opening date.

Questions may be sent to

Thursday, May 21, 2015 - 4:09pm

Huxley alumna to bring e-bikes to campus May 21 for test rides

Western alumna Katherine Frankhauser will be on Western Washington University's Bellingham campus from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, May 21, to demonstrate electric bicycles.

The bikes, from Frankhauser's company Spark Mobility, will be in the Rec Center Plaza.

Spark Mobility is an e-bike, e-scooter, and car sharing company started by Frankhauser, a graduate of Huxley College of the Environment in 2003. The company's mission is to address urban mobility challenges through the resourceful use of technological innovations in sustainable and economically viable solutions.

In addition to guiding visitors in testing the bikes, Frankhauser will be available to discuss her work and experiences.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015 - 9:03am
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