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…at the informative monthly APBP Webinars sponsored by BWAM. Pre-registered attendees are treated to free lunch! Previous offerings in this series have been well attended and space is limited, so register early to avoid missing out. Remember, you MUST register in advance to reserve your lunch.
On Thursday, June 13th, at noon, in conjunction with the Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals (APBP), BWAM will host a pre-recorded webinar entitled Model Design Manual for Living Streets in the 1st Floor Conference Room at Garlington, Lohn & Robinson, 350 Ryman Street. Because we don’t want you to miss your lunch, all attendees who pre-register at the BWAM APBP Webinar Registration page will have a freshly prepared lunch compliments of The Good Food Store.
Los Angeles County’s Model Design Manual for Living Streets (released last October) is an outstanding new resource for transportation professionals and the communities they serve. Attend this webinar to learn what’s in the manual, how to get it, and how to use it. Read the rest of this entry »
BWAM hosted the Missoula 2013 Ride of Silence at 7:00 pm on Wednesday May 15. Approximately 32 bicyclists participated in the 6.5 mile ride of remembrance of those cyclists who have been injured or killed in crashes with motor vehicles. We began with a presentation by Ethel MacDonald reminding us of the need for all road users to be courteous and mindful of others on the roads. A proclamation from Mayor Engen was read by Councilperson Alex Taft proclaiming May 15 as Ride of Silence Day in Missoula.
- Presentation on why we ride and safety on the roads.
- Presentation on why we ride and safety on the roads.
This year’s Missoula ride proceeded from the Missoula County Courthouse to Higgins Ave., SW Higgins Ave., Russell St., South Ave., Stephens Ave., Orange St., and Broadway St. return to the courthouse. KPAX TV provided video news coverage.
In remembrance of the recent pedestrian fatalities in Missoula, we also organized a simultaneous Walk of Silence. A small group of pedestrians walked from the courthouse to Higgins Ave., S. 3rd St., Orange St., Broadway and return to the courthouse.
BWAM has organized a Ride of Silence in Missoula for that past several years. This year’s Ride of Silence will be held Wed., May 15, 2013 at 7:00 pm. This international event was begun by Chris Phelan in 2002 to honor a friend who was killed in a bike/motor vehicle crash. Chris has now created a petition on the White House petition page.
We encourage you to sign on to this petition and participate in this year’s Ride of Silence wherever you may be. This petition needs a total of 100,000 signatures by Feb 15, 2013 so that the White House will review and respond. Petition text:
Get on a bicycle and ride one of the Rides Of Silence with the rest of the country and the world, May 15, 2013, 7 pm
We respectfully petition the President and his staff to join The Ride Of Silence on May 15, 2013, 7pm for the boldest bike ride in history. Read the rest of this entry »
Tuesday evening, October 2, 2012, at Meadow Hill Middle School approximately 30 local enthusiasts attended an open house showing the latest renditions of possible trail alignments between Missoula and Lolo. View the handout from this meeting in PDF format (1.8MB).
This potential trail would complete the link from Missoula to Hamilton with linkages to additional bike friendly routes across the country. DJ&A, P.C. is the consulting contractor performing the feasibility study.
See the KPAX-TV report.
Jean Belangie-Nye, Board Member of BWAM has been a primary participant for BWAM and the community moving this project forward. Jean continues to work with Missoula County staff, MDT staff, and DJ&A staff to keep this project on track and in progress.
Additional detail files are now available as of Oct. 26, 2012. Read the rest of this entry »
Free Cycles Missoula was founded by Bob Giordano in 1996 with the idea that abandoned and unneeded bicycles could be used as one way to address traffic congestion and air pollution. This past summer, 10,000 people came through the community bicycle shop for various purposes – they needed used parts, wanted help for repair or building a bike, and they wanted to link to a community of people passionate about biking.
What started as a free-roaming green bike program where Missoula residents were invited to “ride me and leave me” has now grown into 5 bicycle service programs and an umbrella group, The Missoula Institute for Sustainable Transportation (MIST). MIST works with BWAM, the City Bike-Ped Program and Board, Parks and Recreation, and a host of other advocates and city officials and employees to get bike lanes, trails, safe roads, roundabouts, better transit and even sustainable paving. Read the rest of this entry »
Source: The Economist, September 7, 2012/Planetizen
From coast to coast, cities across the United States are experiencing a rise in bicycling. Local governments are leading the peloton, with cycle-friendly policies and increases in government funding spurring a municipal pedal pursuit.
From 1977 to 2009, bicycle travel has more than tripled in the U.S., with its respective share of all trips rising from 0.6% to 1%, reports The Economist. Chicago’s plan to become the most cycle-friendly large city in the country typifies the approach of dozens of other cities, who are wooing bicyclists to their streets with cycle-friendly policies and investments.
However, the growth in cycling has not been widespread across all demographic groups. “Almost all the growth in cycling in America has come from men aged 25-64,” says the article, with rates among women and children actually slipping, despite falling fatality rates.
“As 48% of trips in American cities are shorter than three miles, there is big potential for further growth. Yet while the future looks bright, America will struggle to catch up with northern Europe, where the proportion of local trips done by bike can be as high as 30%.”