Archive for July, 2012

Since my first bike trip in France in 2003, I’ve biked (solo) about 8000 miles in Europe, mainly in France.  My most recent trip, which included about 1000 miles in Germany, prompts me to share some thoughts about what makes a country or community bike-friendly.

Berlin bike lane

Photo courtesy of Ethel MacDonald

Among the countries I’ve biked in, Germany ranks 3rd, with Holland and Denmark 1st and 2nd. I love biking in Belgium and France, where I know the language, and bicycle lanes and separated paths are nearly always provided where needed, but the attitude of German drivers puts Germany ahead in bike-friendliness. In Germany, as in Holland and Denmark, biking is an accepted and respected means of transportation, evident not just with all the bike paths and bike signals at crossings, but in motorist behavior.  Especially in cities, which most often have bike paths as part of the sidewalk, drivers always stop for cyclists.

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Free lunch is included when you attend the informative monthly APBP Webinars sponsored by BWAM.  Previous offerings in this series have been well attended. Register early to avoid missing out.  And as a bonus, pre-registered attendees are treated to free lunch!

On Thursday, January 10th, at noon, in conjunction with the Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals (APBP), we will be hosting a pre-recorded webinar entitled Wayfinding Options for Cyclists in the 1st Floor Conference Room at Garlington, Lohn & Robinson, 350 Ryman Street.  But we don’t want you to miss your lunch, so all attendees who pre-register at the BWAM APBP Webinar Registration page will have a freshly prepared lunch compliments of BWAM.

Bicycle wayfinding signs are different than other signs placed in the right of way because they are part of a system of sequential destination information; thus, planning, placement and maintenance are critical to maintaining the system.

The presentation will cover these topics:

  • The value of providing wayfinding for urban cyclists
  • Approaches to planning and implementation
  • Strategies to determine and prioritize signed bicycle routes
  • Issues of planning, placement and maintenance of signs, including sign design and placement within the right of way that integrates guidelines from the 2009 MUTCD, the 2012 AASHTO Bicycle Guide, and the AASHTO Green Book
  • Special issues related to trails

Don’t miss it or the delicious lunch. Sign up now!

The next webinar February 14 is Best Practices in Pedestrian Wayfinding.


Clips of Faith PosterA Beer Tasting & Film Viewing Event

Date: Friday, August 17
Time: 8 pm – 11 pm
Where: Caras Park, Missoula, MT

What: New Belgium Brewery sponsors the Clips of Faith event which is beer tasting and home-made film viewing (people submit short films about what inspires them). A Missoulian’s film was chosen this year. All proceeds go to the Bike Walk Alliance for Missoula. This is BWAM’s one and only fundraising event.

Taste Beer! Beer that’s never been to Missoula before. New Belgium will bring seasonal and experimental beers for your tasting pleasure!

View Films!
We know a local Missoulian’s film clip was chosen this year – come down and support your fellow Missoulian!
Raffle Bike

Win a New Belgium Bike!  Raffle tickets available by request or the night of the event. Raffle tickets are $5.00 each or 3 tickets for $10.00. Only 500 tickets printed so a great chance to win. Must be present to win.

We need 10-12 volunteers that are trained to serve beer. Volunteers should be 21 years old and can become certified via an on-line program called TIPS. Volunteers will be provided sign-in information to participate in the approved training. We also need 15 un-trained volunteers. Volunteers can sign up on the Clips of Faith Volunteer webpage. Pay-off is a free t-shirt and post-event beer. Volunteers will be contacted to become trained.

Mark you calendars and join us on Friday, August 17. Bring friends, family and neighbors.

Must be 21 to drink!

The Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center (PBIC) and Toole Design Group announce a free webinar series covering the updated American Association of State Highway Transportation Official’s (AASHTO) Guide for the Development of Bicycle Facilities.   The series offers two presentations a month and is described below.

The updated guide, released in June 2012, serves as a key resource for creating and designing bicycle facilities in the U.S. This seven-part webinar series, which has been approved by the American Planning Association for certification maintenance credits, will cover all aspects of the updated guide.

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