“We really shouldn’t have to depend so much on on just intentional exercise. It should be more of a part of our lives. When you have facilities like this, it can be.” –Don Ligocki, manager, Lummi Fitness Center
Haxton Way outside of Bellingham has the distinction of being Whatcom County’s most dangerous road. With a narrow configuration lacking a shoulder or sidewalk to support the needs of walkers and bikers, this stretch of road has the highest rate of fatalities in the county.
Thankfully, the Lummi Nation received a $250,000 grant from Federal stimulus funds to address the problem. Enter the 2-mile Haxton Trail project. This small trail packs a big punch, showing how a trail can improve health, increase safety, provide connectivity and access, save lives, create jobs, enhance quality of life and reflect community values.
TransNow teamed with the Lummi Nation in Whatcom County to produce this short documentary video on the Haxton Way Trail Lighting Project. This video tells the story of how a transportation safety project saves lives and enriches a community every day. May we see more of these stories in the future.