October 2010

Russel Street EIS

The Russell Street Final Environmental Impact Statement is due to be released this Fall. Watch for additional information regarding the public comment period and your opportunities to express Missoula’s needs and desires for this improtant travel corridor.

Your Help is Needed for Missoula Lolo Trail

The Missoula-Lolo Trail Alliance Committee of BWAM needs letters of support for a bicycle-pedestrian trail between Missoula and Lolo. The letters need to be submitted to the Missoula County Commissioners no later than November 5, 2010. The letters will become part of a presentation packet which will go to the Montana Department of Transportation and to the Missoula County Commissioners.

The Missoula County Commissioners
Missoula County Courthouse
200 West Broadway
Missoula, Montana 59801

Electronic letters can be sent to: mlandquist “at” co.missoula.mt.us

Your letter should address any or all of the following issues:

  1. Safety – bikes share the road with 25,000+ cars moving at 65 miles per hour. For those of you who ride or drive the Lolo Grade you understand the danger.
  2. Completion of the 54 mile Bitterroot Corridor Pathway from Hamilton to Missoula – The bike-ped path would then connect into the Missoula Pathway System.
  3. Livability – includes healthier life styles, recreation opportunities, and enhancing of business oppotunities along the corridor.
  4. Sustainability – will the bike-ped path be utilized and by whom.

I have provided a possible format letter which could easily be changed. However, personalized letters have more impact. It is important to save your letter because the Missoula-Lolo Trail Alliance will need letters to specific congressional committees in January or February.

Your support is appreciated.

Thanks,
Jean Belangie-Nye
Missoula-Lolo Trail Alliance, chair,
Bike/Walk Alliance for Missoula, Board Member

November 2010

Prepare for Winter Riding

Winter weather is approaching. Are you and your bicycle ready to enjoy commuting through the winter weather? There are many good resources to aid in successful winter riding. See a previous article by BWAM member Kevin Hyde.

July 2010

BWAM & New Belgium Brewing present Clips of Faith & Beer Tour

Wednesday, July 7, at Caras Park join BWAM for an evening of beer tasting and fun filled movie clips. New Belgium Brewing will be showing their newest collection of brews as well as a montage of selected movie shorts from their latest contest. Start at 8:00pm for the opportunity to sample the newest beers from New Belgium or enjoy one of your old favorites. Stay to enjoy a variety of bike and beer videos produced and submitted to the Clips of Faith and Beer contest.

BWAM will need a number of volunteers to help manage this event. Please consider volunteering your time to help set-up, serve, and/or break-down at this event. If you would like to volunteer, let us know at BWAM Events.

Cyclists Need Filled for Missoula Marathon Bike Patrol

Thanks to cyclists who volunteered to be bike monitors for the 3rd Missoula Marathon on July 11.  We now have the dozen who have assigned routes and will receive jerseys.  Others are welcome to help, but won’t be “official” and should check with Ethel.

Positions Filled Volunteers were needed for the Missoula Marathon bike patrol July 11 from 6:00am till 12:00 noon. Have fun, share in the excitement, and help keep runners encouraged and safe. Free bike jerseys donated by Big Sky Brewery to the first dozen who sign up for two hours or more.

!! Thanks to all who commented !!

Brooks Street Bike Lanes recommended by Missoula City Council

Missoula City Council voted 7 to 5 in support of removing parking on one side of Brooks St and including bike lanes on this important Missoula arterial. Thanks to our City Council Members who voted in favor of this important link.

Brooks Street Bike Lanes Decision needs your input

Do you support the need for bike lanes on Brooks Street between Higgins Ave and Mount Ave.? Monday, June 7 the Missoula City Council will be discussing the final recommendation of the City regarding the inclusion of bike lanes in the resurfacing and restripping of Brooks St. The Public Works Committee of the City Council passed a motion on Wednesday, 6/2 that recommends retaining parking on both sides of Brooks St. and not include bike lanes on this Principal Arterial.

The Bicycle Pedestrian Advisory Board of Missoula recommended removal of parking on one side of Brooks St. to allow inclusion of bike lanes on both sides to increase the safety of cyclists. Missoula Public Works Department also recommends what  has been designated as Option 3: removal of pariking on one side of Brooks so as to include bike lanes.

Let the needs of Missoula be heard. Attend the City Council meeting onMonday June 7 at 7:00pm in the City council Chambers and/or contact your city council representatives and let them know you desires. Below I have listed some thoughts that you may use or that may help trigger your own comments to send to city officials.

  • Brooks St. Belongs To Everyone
    • Brooks St. is a historic gateway to the city that belongs to all its citizens, not just those who own property or reside along the street.
    • Brooks is an important transportation artery which provides a direct route between downtown, the University area, and the city’s southwest neighborhoods.
    • Cyclists are entitled to safe and distinct facilities on such an important route, and when bike lanes are provided, they will be used.
    • Missoula’s multi-modal network will be built in segments as opportunities arise; the time for this section of Brooks is now.
    • There’s no such thing as separate-but-equal facilities for cyclists.  Either the city is truly committed to multi-modal transportation design, especially for its arterial and collector streets, or it’s not.  General policy statements only have value when expressed by specific projects.  Does Missoula’s leadership believe in Complete Streets, which has been adopted by Council, or doesn’t it?
  • Let’s Share The Road
    • The primary purpose of a road is to move people and goods, not store vehicles.
    • Why can’t the desire for public parking facilities be balanced with the needs of cyclists?
    • Why should the desire for storing vehicles on a public street dominate the way the street is used to the exclusion of a viable form of transportation?
    • Missoula should be doing everything it can to support healthy and environmentally friendly transportation options instead of perpetuating car-centric and car-dominated infrastructure.
    • This is a decision for the long-term future.  Does the vision really exclude bikes?
    • Cycling as an integral transportation mode in Missoula is only going to grow; we need to build knowing this is the direction.
    • There’s room for everyone: motor vehicles, bikes, and parking.  Let’s share the road and let everyone use it.  Everyone should be able to enjoy the efficiencies of Brooks St. direct access and through routing as well as the beauty of its wide boulevards and spectacular trees.  Why should cyclists be excluded from this?
  • There’s Still Plenty Of Parking
    • Most residents will retain parking directly in front of their homes.
    • Most houses in this section of Brooks St. have garages and don’t require on-street parking.
    • Garages are for storing vehicles; cyclists shouldn’t suffer because residents choose to use this space for other purposes.
    • The city is committed to alley improvements, already begun, to ensure that residents can safely travel the alleys.
    • A significant number of houses on Brooks aren’t occupied by homeowners, but rather by renters.
    • Experience, observation, and public comment repeatedly demonstrate that parking on Brooks is sporadic and not fully used.
    • Clearly, what is being removed can be absorbed by the parking that remains, by side streets, and by residents using their garages and pad parking.

    Speak out now for safe multi-modal transportation in Missoula. This is a critical opportunity to fit another piece to the Missoula Bicycle network.

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July 2010

BWAM & New Belgium Brewing in coordination with BWAM presented Clips of Faith & Beer Tour

Wednesday, July 7, at Caras Park. An evening of beer tasting and fun filled movie clips. Participants enjoyed tasting 14 different New Belgium beers and a montage of selected movie shorts from New Belgium’s latest contest. Thanks to New Belgium and all the volunteers who made the event successful. BWAM hopes to make this an annual event.

August 2010

BWAM, FreeCycles Missoula, & Missoula in Motion Presented PEDal Festival Missoula 2010

The 3rd Annual PEDalfest was held in Caras Park on Sunday, August 22. Organized by BWAM, Free Cycles, and Missoula in Motion, it started with a parade of cycles led by the Garden City Gondola at noon. Music, Safety Team bike challenges, games, and information tables filled the park until 8 pm. Raffle prizes from REI, Open Road, Hellgate Cycles, Wrongside Print Station, and Betty’s Divine closed the event. Thanks to the many volunteers who contributed time and energy to make this event a success!

September 2010

Russel Street EIS

The Russell Street Final Environmental Impact Statement is due to be released this Fall. Watch for additional information regarding the public comment period and your opportunities to express Missoula’s needs and desires for this improtant travel corridor.

Cycle the Rockies: Energy and Climate Change in Montana

Students on a Wild Rockies Field Institute / UM field course will present findings from a 4-week bicycle expedition from Billings to Glacier National Park.

What: Slide Show and Presentation
When: June 15th from 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Where: 633 5th Street East, Missoula: UM FLAT (The Forum for Living with Appropriate Technology)

A group of energetic university students will share experiences and photos from a bike tour across Montana, exploring our regional energy choices and the impacts of climate change in the Northern Rockies and Great Plains.

This presentation is the culmination of a University of Montana / Wild Rockies Field Institute (WRFI) course entitled “Cycle the Rockies: Energy and Climate Change in Montana.” Students will be completing their journey to Missoula after a 700-mile, four-week expedition across the state visiting communities and landscapes affected by energy issues and climate change.

This event will give participants an up-to-the-minute look at critical energy and climate issues in Montana. Details about the course can be found on the Wild Rockies Field Institute website, http://www.wrfi.net/cycletherockies, where students are submitting daily weblogs about their experiences.

See the flier with map to the UM Flat and course photos.

We hope to see you there!

For more information contact: Dave Morris, Course Instructor, at 406-531-7811 or Nicky Phear, Course Instructor, at 406-381-3855

July 2010

BWAM & New Belgium Brewing present Clips of Faith & Beer Tour

Wednesday, July 7, at Caras Park join BWAM for an evening of beer tasting and fun filled movie clips. New Belgium Brewing will be showing their newest collection of brews as well as a montage of selected movie shorts from their latest contest. Start at 8:00pm for the opportunity to sample the newest beers from New Belgium or enjoy one of your old favorites. Stay to enjoy a variety of bike and beer videos produced and submitted to the Clips of Faith and Beer contest.

BWAM will need a number of volunteers to help manage this event. Please consider volunteering your time to help set-up, serve, and/or break-down at this event. If you would like to volunteer, let us know at BWAM Events.

Cyclists Need Filled for Missoula Marathon Bike Patrol

Thanks to cyclists who volunteered to be bike monitors for the 3rd Missoula Marathon on July 11.  We now have the dozen who have assigned routes and will receive jerseys.  Others are welcome to help, but won’t be “official” and should check with Ethel.

Positions Filled Volunteers were needed for the Missoula Marathon bike patrol July 11 from 6:00am till 12:00 noon. Have fun, share in the excitement, and help keep runners encouraged and safe. Free bike jerseys donated by Big Sky Brewery to the first dozen who sign up for two hours or more. E-mail Ethel.
June 2010

Kettlehouse Community Unite

 

Kettlehouse Brewing at 313 N. 1st St. W. will donate $0.50 to BWAM for each pint sold Wednesday, June 2, 2010. See Kettlehouse Events for more information. BWAM members will be assembling at several locations around Missoula to cycle to Kettlehouse for this event. Plan to gather at a location convenient for you to ride with us.

Southside – Dornblaser Field, corner of South and Higgins meet at 4:45pm
University of Montana Campus – Northwest corner of Adams Fieldhouse at 4:45pm
Downtown – Adventure Cycling 150 E. Pine at 5:00pm

May 2010

2010 Ride of Silence

Date: Wednesday, 5/19/2010
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: Begin at Missoula County Courthouse front entrance on Broadway
Description: Annual slow silent bicycle ride to honor those cyclists killed or injured in bicycle / motor vehicle crashes. Please join use as we honor those who have gone before us. Please plan to arrive by 6:45pm. The ride will be approximately 7 miles and takes approximately 1 hour. There may be two ending points: one at The Bike Doctor at Toole and Scott St. for those who would like to socialize after the ride, the other at Caras Park. For more information visit the international Ride of Silence web site.Official Ride of Silence poem:
Tonight we number many but ride as one
In honor of those not with us, friends, mothers, fathers, sisters, sons
With helmets on tight and heads down low,
We ride in silence, cautious and slow
The wheels start spinning in the lead pack
But tonight we ride and no one attacks
The dark sunglasses cover our tears
Remembering those we held so dear
Tonight’s ride is to make others aware
The road is there for all to share
To those not with us or by our side,
May God be your partner on your final ride

– Mike Murgas

2010 Non-Motorized Traffic Count Program

Walking :: Bicycling :: Wheeling
Help Us Count!
The Missoula Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) will be conducting non-motorized traffic counts on:
Tuesday, May 4, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
and
Saturday, May 8, from noon to 2 p.m.
We’re going to be counting bicycle riders, pedestrians and all other forms of human-powered travel. Non-motorized traffic counts will help us understand where, when and how much our trails, sidewalks and bike facilities are used and what our needs are for enhancing, or improving our non-motorized system.
Volunteer training sessions will take place on April 29th and May 6th from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. in the Missoula City Council Chambers
To sign up or learn more call (406) 258-4989 or visit http://www.co.missoula.mt.us/transportation/
:: Volunteers will be entered in a raffle to win great prizes! ::

April 2010

Bike Walk Bus Week April 24 thru May 1

For informatin and full schedule see the Bike Walk Bus Week web site.

Of special interest to BWAM members.

    • April 24, 2010 12:00 noon till 4:00 pm Festival of Cycles – at Bonner Park. A BIG bicycle extravaganza with events for everyone. Build a bike, donate a bike, tune up your bike, learn maintenance skills, get bike parts, create bicycle sculptures, make a bicycle parking rack, see a range of human powered vehicles, and participate in the kids corner with bike painting, bike crafts, an obstacle course, and free helmets. Mechanical support from Willard School Chain Links. Bike mechanics come down with your tools. Good food, live music and more! Free Cycles Missoula. Bonner Park. Bob Giordano. 880-6834.
    • April 26, 4:30 pm Safe Southside Bike Routes- Meet at Jacob’s Island Bridge near UM for “Safe and Pleasant biking on the South Side” with a BWAM member.  Specific destinations may be chosen by participants. Contact Ethel at 549-9722, bike4ethel{at}gmail.com
    • Tuesday, April 28,  10:00 a.m. to  noon.  Meet BWAM member Jon at the Franklin Park picnic canopy for “A stroll through Franklin neighborhood: Parks, Pockets, Gardens; some Missoula history and structure – infra and outfra.”  Contact  Jon at 543-3409 or jon-n-kay{at}msn.com
    • April 29 from 4-7 pm Commuter Party at Adventure Cycling, 150 E Pine Street
    • Friday, April 30, 4:00 pm – “Get to Know the Northside/Westside ‘Hood” bike ride with a BWAM member may include stops at the NMCDC, ZACC and /or the Kettlehouse before returning over the Northside Bike-Ped overpass.   Contact John at 728-0161 orcouchsan{at}gmail.com
    • Other BWBW Events found athttp://bikewalkbusmissoula.org

February 2010

Frugal Cyclist’s Guide to the Universe: An Evening with Willie Weir – FREE

When: 7:00 PM, Thursday, February 4, 2010
Location: The University of Montana Urey Lecture Hall
Description: Call him cheap, frugal, a tightwad or an initiator of kindness, but Willie Weir knows how to get the most bang for his buck when it comes to traveling the world by bicycle, whether he’s giving the world’s cheapest engagement ring, protesting an insanely over-priced fish dinner, knocking on doors for free lodging or eating his way to free ice cream. Willie will bring to life tales from his latest book, Travels with Willie – tales that will have you chuckling and leave you wanting to chuck your day job and hit the road on your bike! This lecture is co-sponsored by UM Campus Recreation and Adventure Cycling Association.

January 2010

BWAM Annual Members’ Meeting

Plan to join us at the 3rd Annual Bike/Walk Alliance for Missoula members’ dinner/meeting to elect board members, review our accomplishments, plan the important support activities for the coming year, and renew friendships. If you are not a member or your membership has lapsed, plan to join or renew at the meeting or click to the “Join Us” page.

Join us for a potluck dinner and share your favorite take-along recipe. Beverages will be provided by BWAM. This will also be a time to share your thoughts about what makes Missoula a great biking/walking community and what you would like done to make it better. Dinner entertainment by Shane Clouse, Guest Speakers from City Government, Door Prizes.

January 30, 2010 at 6:30pm in the Lower Center of Christ the King Church; 1400 Gerald Ave. (corner of Keith & Gerald).