Come enjoy Sunday Streets Missoula on Sunday, July 19 on Higgins Avenue in downtown Missoula from 12 noon till 4 PM. If you have time please volunteer to help staff the BWAM tent at Sunday Streets to promote safer biking and walking in the greater Missoula area.
BWAM will be hosting the 9th Annual Missoula Ride of Silence on May 20, 2015 beginning at the Missoula County Courthouse on Broadway. Please plan to arrive by 6:00pm for the 7:00pm ride that will travel approximately 6.5 miles. See the worldwide Ride of Silence website for more information about this 12th anniversary ride and background about this important worldwide event.
We ride in silence to commemorate those bicyclists killed or injured in a crash with a motor vehicle and to promote safe, legal, and courteous travel in the greater Missoula area.
Helmets will be required and while we invite riders of all levels, only bicycles and adult tricycles will be permitted and all riders must be comfortable riding for at least 1 hour at 12 miles per hour.
In addition to the Ride of Silence, BWAM will be organizing a simultaneous Walk of Silence. If you are not comfortable biking the 6.5 miles on busy streets, please consider joining others for a 1.6 mile walk to remember those pedestrians who have been killed or injured due to a motor vehicle crash.
Link to our Contact Form and select Ride of Silence to ask a question about how you can participate or help with the event.
- Saturday (drop off day), May 9th, 1 pm – 6 pm and
- Sunday (sale day), May 10, 2015, 9 am – 3 pm
- Where: The Adams Center (32 Campus Drive, Missoula, MT 59812)
Do you have a bike or biking equipment that needs a new home? Gear collecting dust in the closet? Gather up all your unused bikes and gear and bring them to BWAM and Free Cycles first annual used bike sale. The Missoula Bike Swap is new fundraiser for BWAM and Free Cycles.
BWAM & Free Cycles partnered on a grant with the Global Leadership Initiative to organize this inaugural Bike Swap in Missoula. The team of five GLI students have organized and developed this inaugural event. Proceeds will go to the non-profit organizations BWAM and Free Cycles to promote safer biking and walking in the Missoula area through advocacy and education.
Volunteers are needed on the 9th and/or 10th to facilitate check in and help sell. Click here to sign up.
Missoula Bike Swap also needs sponsors, Three levels of sponsorship:
- Main Sponsor~$400
- Supporting Sponsor~$250
- Business Sponsor~$100
BWAM is participating in the Missoula Community Foundation’s Give Local Missoula event and will appreciate your support on May 5, 2015. On May 5 follow this link to donate to Bike/Walk Alliance for Missoula and your donation will be stretched by funds from a local pool of sponsorships. The Give Local Missoula event in Caras Park starting at 8:00 AM and continuing throughout the day will provide opportunities to meet with representatives from the various non-profit organizations participating and a means of donating there. For more information on the event at Caras Park visit the Give Local Missoula website.
The Missoula County and City Planning Offices with the Sonoran Institute will present a Planning Open House on April 23rd. Include in the plans are safe walking and biking facilities as well as connections to the Kim Williams Trail, the Milltown Dam State Park and to Missoula. Your input is important. Please plan to attend.
- When: April 23rd, 6:30 to 8:30 PM
- Where: Mount Jumbo School, Michigan Ave., East Missoula, MT.
Come celebrate all BWAM has accomplished for better biking and walking since our founding in January, 2007! This year’s annual meeting Friday, January 23, 2015 from 6:00-9:00 (or so) in the Runners Edge basement meeting room, combines good food and drink with lots of socializing not only with BWAM members but with some special guests who play important roles in active transportation:
- Keynote Speaker – Nick Kaufman, Vice president and Principal Planner -WGM Group, Chairman of the Board of Directors, Missoula Chamber of Commerce
- Missoula-Lolo Trail update – Dan Lautzenheiser, PE of DJ and A, P.C.
- Missoula Parks & Recreation Director Donna Gaukler and Missoula County Parks and Trails Manager Lisa Moisey will provide an update on parks & trails.
- Any others whom we’ve overlooked.
Gather with us as we welcome and connect with our fellow advocates and experts in active transportation, celebrate the past year’s accomplishments, and plan for better bicycling and walking in 2015 and beyond. A short BWAM business meeting will include introductions of current Board members and officers for 2015, a brief update on 2014 activities, a brief financial report from our Treasurer, and elections to the Board. The slate of board members to be approved by a voice vote will be composed of 3 new board nominees.
This will be chance to say thank you and farewell to founding board member and Treasurer, Bob Wachtel and outgoing board members Ginny Sullivan and John Wood.
The members’ meeting is free to all members and open to other interested individuals for a $10.00 donation. We encourage attendance by anyone interested in making the Missoula valley the best place to bike and walk! You can join at the door or in advance on our “Join Now” web page. Register below for the 2015 Annual BWAM Members’ Meeting.
- What: BWAM Annual Members’ meeting with food and drink provided.
- Where: Runners’ Edge basement meeting room, 304 N Higgins Ave (enter via the Alley)
- When: Friday, Jan. 23, 2014, 6:00-9:00 pm
Please let us know that you are attending and how many are in your party! Please list others in your party in the comments block so that we can prepare a name-tag for them.
MDT is taking comments on improvements for the Eastside Highway, MT 203, and needs your comments by October 25, 2014. Submit comments to www.mdt.mt.gov/mdt/comment_form.shtml or mail them to Shane Stack, Missoula District Preconstruction Engineer, MDT Missoula District Office, PO Box 7039, Missoula, Montana 59807-7039. Be sure to mention that your comments are regarding project: STPS 203-1(15)4
See the Project Overview and other documents at the MDT website. At present, the design includes 2 travel lanes with a middle turn lane. An additional aspect of the project is the re-curving of Ambrose and two Eastside Intersections. This 2015 project will connect with the recently completed new section from Florence to Hidden Valley Road which includes a separated bike pedestrian pathway. This latest project STPS 203-1(15)4 does not include continuing the separated pathway.
BWAM members need to advocate for a separated pathway for the following reasons:
- Increased biking and walking through the corridor because of increased development of sub-divisions.
- Increase biking and walking use by children and teenagers, as well as adults.
- Used as an alternative route by bicycle tourists who would like to avoid US 93.
- Sixty (60) mile an hour speeds throughout the corridor.
- There have been crashes between cyclists and cars.
There is also a need to advocate for an animal crossing in the area around the old Knucklehead’s Bar B-Q. The gully already has access on one side but due to the lack of access on the other side there is a high fatality rate for deer in the area.
The final issue is a viewing site above the ponds at Lee Metcalf Game Refuge. Folks already pull off to the side of the road increasing the possibility of a crash.
Feel free to use the above points and add your personal experiences with this section of the Eastside Highway in comments you submit to MDT.