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MizzBs LogoBWAM’s new committee, Women Bike Missoula, (MizzBs) will have a kickoff social event Friday, March 14, 5:15-7 pm at Adventure Cycling conference room, 150 E. Pine Street.   All interested women and girls are invited, but in order to be sure of having plenty of food and drink we are asking that you sign up on the MizzBs page.

So what is this committee all about?  Women are a distinct minority when it comes to bicycling, and many of us in BWAM have talked for a long time about how we could encourage more women to use the bicycle for transportation. A sign-up list at the BWAM annual meeting began the process to form a committee, and through e-news and sharing, the e-mail list grew to 15 names. Since February a core group of seven has been meeting every Tuesday at 7:45 a.m. at the Adventure Cycling Association conference room, 150 E. Pine Street. We have a mission statement, a page on the BWAM site (click on MizzBs above), lots of ideas for reaching more women with fun activities and information to encourage them to bike, or if they bike now for recreation, to also bike for their daily commutes to work or errands.  We look forward to engaging many women of all ages, abilities, economic, social and employment groups.  We welcome those who are already committed bicyclists to join us to help by sharing their experiences, expertise, and ideas.

The March Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals webinar sponsored by Bike/Walk Alliance for Missoula will be Design for Cyclist and Pedestrian Comfort originally shown by APBP on 2/19/14. Please click here to register.

  • Date: Thursday, March 13, 2014
  • Time: 12:00 till 2:00 pm (presentation at 12:15)
  • Presentation Length: 60 minutes
  • Location: Garlington, Lohn & Robinson, Conference Room, 350 Ryman Street, Missoula, MT

A complimentary lunch will be provided to those who preregistered. Please register here.

Increase funding for bike & pedestrian infrastructure!

Last year, the League and Sierra Club released a report – “The New Majority: Pedaling Toward Equity” – that highlighted the prevailing disparities in safe biking and walking in low-income and communities of color nationwide.

Now, a bi-partisan bill in Congress, introduced by Rep. Albio Sires (D-NJ), would take steps to advance equity for bicyclists and pedestrians, and boost funding for bike/ped projects low-income communities.

Take action now – tell your member of Congress to support H.R. 3978! Read the rest of this entry »

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 2014 and beyond. Good food and beverages plus a chance to meet informally with many of our local civic staff to share how you can help improve biking and walking in Missoula. Click here for more details and to register.

Integrating Equity into Bicycle and Pedestrian Planning

This APBP webinar explores the idea of equity in the context of active transportation and suggests approaches for planners working to make cycling and walking programs and projects more equitable.

Presenters:

  • Naomi Doerner, Program Manager, Prevention Research Center at Tulane University
  • Helen Ho, Community Design Fellow, Hester Street Collaborative
  • Adonia Lugo, Equity Initiative Manager, League of American Bicyclists

Join us in the 1st floor conference room at Garlington, Lohn, and Robinson, 350 Ryman Street at 12:00 noon. Register early for a free lunch. Remember, you MUST register in advance to reserve your lunch.

Registration: Register here for a free lunch! Please register by 5:00 PM of Wednesday 1/8/14 to ensure you are provided a lunch.

Continuing Education Credits: APBP will provide an attendance certificate to those who document their professional development hours; each 60-minute webinar provides one hour of training (.1 CEU). APBP applies to the AICP for Certification Maintenance credit for each webinar.

BWAM will take this opportunity to explore the APBP Women Cycling Project. During the next three months we will present 3 previous APBP webinars that specifically promoted more women riding bicycles for transportation and recreation. These webinars were “Writing Women Back into Bicycling” 2010, “Women Can Change the World Through Cycling” 2011, and “Empowering Women to Bicycle for Transportation” 2012. BWAM will show one of these each month at our regularly scheduled APBP Webinar time.

Join us in the 1st floor conference room at Garlington, Lohn, and Robinson, 350 Ryman Street at 12:00 noon.  Register early for a free lunch. Remember, you MUST register in advance to reserve your lunch.

  • When: Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 12:00 noon
  • Where: Lewis & Clark Conference Room, Garlington, Lohn, & Robinson, 350 Ryman St., Missoula
  • What: “Writing Women Back into Bicycling” length 97 minutes
  • Registration: Register here for a free lunch! Please register by 5:00 PM of Tuesday 12/10/13 to ensure you are provided a lunch.

Continuing Education Credits: APBP will provide an attendance certificate to those who document their professional development hours; each 60-minute webinar provides one hour of training (.1 CEU). APBP applies to the AICP for  Certification Maintenance credit for each webinar.

“Be an Informed, Courteous Driver” is the title of Debra Sension-Hall’s educational and thought-provoking guest column in the Thursday, October 24 Missoulian, and we encourage all of you to read, share, and discuss it. She writes, “Not all cyclists desire more bike lanes and separate infrastructure.  I do not and I am not interested in ‘more rights,’ just he ones I already have — which some motorists are not aware of because they do not cycle.” While I agree with Debra about asserting our right to the road (and nearly everything else she says), I do want more bike lanes and infrastructure, not so much for myself as for the “timid” or “interested but unsure” potential cyclists and the unskilled or slow cyclists like my developmentally disabled adult son. The more people who cycle for transportation, the safer the streets are for all of us, and I think improved bike infrastructure is key to increasing our numbers.   However, as Debra skillfully points out, bike lanes can sometimes be a dangerous place to cycle due to proximity to parked cars or other factors,  and when a cyclist needs to take the traffic lane, motorists need to respect their right to do so instead of getting angry. The key to better motorist/cyclist interactions and understanding is, as Debra illustrates, being courteous and informed.   Be sure to read the full guest column, and join the discussion by clicking the “comment” button below.

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MizzB’s Mothers’ Day Ride 2014 @ Currents Aquatic Center
MizzB’s Mothers’ Day Ride 2014 @ Currents Aquatic Center
May 11 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Casual ride on trails and paths for everyone – all ages and abilities to celebrate mothers. See details on the MizzB’s page.
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Missoula 2 Lolo Trail Update-Lolo @ Lolo Community Center
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BWAM Advocacy Committee @ Missoula Public Library -Board Room
BWAM Advocacy Committee @ Missoula Public Library -Board Room
May 14 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Regular meeting of the BWAM Advocacy Committee to plan strategies to support improvements to biking and walking facilities in the greater Missoula area. This meeting is open to any and all interested individuals.
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Bike Well Class @ Free Cycles
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Regularly scheduled bicycle maintenance and operation classes. Visit Free Cycles – Bike Well Classes for more details.

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