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.
The Missoula bike lane infrastructure continues to improve but there are still significant gaps in the system. This summer, chip and seal maintenance will be performed on Bancroft Street from Brooks Street to SW Higgins Avenue. Bike lanes were installed on Bancroft St. from South Ave. to SW Higgins in 2011 but are missing from Brooks St. to South Ave leaving a significant gap.
On Wednesday, 6/4, Bob Wachtel, BWAM Treasurer and Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Board Chair, presented a recommendation to the Missoula Public Works Committee requesting installation of bike lanes on the section of Bancroft from Brooks to South. A significant issue to be addressed to accomplish this installation will be the removal of parking on one side of Bancroft St. The discussion at Public Works Committee can be viewed on the City website beginning 13 minutes into the meeting. Follow these links to the full recommendation from BPAB and the Addendum to the recommendation.
We anticipate that this issue will come before at least one public forum due to the significant issue of removal of parking on one side of Bancroft. We encourage everyone interested in safe biking infrastructure to watch for further developments on this 7 block segment of Bancroft Street.
On a sunny and pleasant Missoula evening Missoula Mayor John Engen joined the preride gathering to proclaim May 21, 2014 as Ride of Silence day in Missoula Montana. After the Mayor’s proclamation we shared remembrances of those who have been killed in bicycle motor-vehicle crashes in the Missoula area in the past. Missoula has been fortunate to have had no bike rider fatalities in at least 2 years. After a reading of the Ride of Silence poem 8 bike riders proceeded to ride the 6.5 mile route and returned to the Missoula County Courthouse.
Thanks to KPAX for media coverage.
BWAM will be hosting the 8th Annual Missoula Ride of Silence on May 21, 2014 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 11th 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.
Ride map. ROS Map 2014
Cycling Savvy is an adult traffic cycling course that teaches the principles of Mindful Bicycling:
- empowerment to act as confident, equal road users;
- strategies for safe, stress-free integrated cycling;
- tools to read and problem-solve any traffic situation or road configuration.
This adult cycling course is offered in three 3-hour components: a classroom session, a bikehandling session, and on-road experience session. The classroom and bike-handling sessions may be taken individually; the road tour experience requires the first two as pre-requisite. The purpose of the course is build confidence through education and guided practice.
A limited number of scholarships are available, apply today!
Women Bike Missoula (MizzBs) invites all mothers, all who appreciate a mother in their lives, or anyone who wants to accompany a mother on a nice bike ride around town to meet at Currents Aquatic Center Sunday, May 11 at 1 p.m. This is an inclusive, all ages and genders family-friendly ride around town with a choice of routes and distances depending on interests and abilities. We’ll plan to all meet back together at McCormick or Silver Park (to be determined by group) between 2 and 3 pm for a casual picnic — bring your own non-alcoholic beverage and picnic lunch or snack to share if you wish. Sundresses encouraged.
Meet at the bike racks at Currents Aquatic Center, 600 Cregg Lane at 1PM. Questions? Submit your questions in the comments section on the registration form.
Please note: BWAM’s insurance mandates that non-members may not participate in more than one ride. All participants must sign a release form and helmets are required. We encourage you to register for this ride on the MizzBs page and to join BWAM, a 501c3 non-profit group which for seven years has worked to improve bicycling and walking in the Missoula area.
Want to explore new cycling routes in Missoula, meet some cool women, learn how to maintain your bike and discover resources to help you upgrade your cycling equipment? At the same time, you will stay in shape and meet new women biking partners! The MizzB’s have an event planned to get you started. We would love to have you join us!
- Who: MizzBs and women friends you want to come along! Women of all ages and abilities – beginners are highly encouraged to attend.
- What: Meet new biking buddies!
- Learn to change a flat tire.
- 12 mile easy pace bike around Missoula on safe, flat routes (see map).
- Celebrate the completion of our first ride at Holiday Inn’s Brooks and Browns.
- Cost: Our insurance requires you to be a member of BWAM click to our “Join Us” page to participate.
- When: Friday, April 25 at 5:15. Presentation will start at 5:30 sharp.
- Get there early to buy bike supplies or rent a bike at a discount prices:
- 20% off rentals and accessories – 10% off a new bike Read the rest of this entry »