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.

A critical opportunity is fast approaching for community input to the design of the new Russell Street between Broadway Street and points south. The initial phase of work will be from Broadway to Idaho Street including a new bridge and trail connections across the Clark Fork River. Newly added to this project is some reconstruction of Broadway from California Street to Mullan Road to improve access for all modes of travel.

Planning to this point has been done by the Technical Design Committee  which is made up of representatives from Montana Department of Transportation, the U.S. Department of Transportation/Federal Highway Administration, and the City of Missoula with WGM Group as the contracted design engineers. The City representatives are Bruce Bender and Jason Wiener.

Reports received from members of the public attending the meetings of the TDC indicate that, at this time, the design is adhering very closely to the “Preferred Alternative” as specified in the “Record of Decision“.

While there were public meetings held for input to the EIS the public was told repeatedly that there would be additional opportunity for meaningful input to the final design after the ROD was completed. There is now an informational Open House planned for November 20 to reveal to the public the 30% design stage of this critical project.

BWAM’s Board of Directors has written a letter to Governor Steve Bullock asking that he require the MDT to listen to the citizens of Missoula and responsibly evaluate and incorporate design features that Missoula considers important to maintaining a community atmosphere while providing appropriate transportation function for all modes of travel in this critical corridor for the next 50 years.  A crucial design change we want is narrower (10 ft) lanes to encourage lower speeds and provide safer pedestrian crossings, wide sidewalks and good bicycle lanes.

MDT Russell Street Design Open House

  • When: Wednesday, November 20, 6-8 pm,
  • Where: 1500 Burns Street. (Burns Street Commons).

Please put this on your calendars and bring your concerns!

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“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.

After many significant discussions between many advocates and City and State staff personnel, Russell Street has been resurfaced between Ronan Street and South 4th Street West. With the new smoother surface in place Wayne Gravatt and the city painting crew were authorized to paint an outside line designating 11’ travel lanes. This allowed designation of the outside portion of the new pavement to be designated as bike lanes from Knowles Street to 4th Street.Russell St Repaved This provides a designated zone for cyclists and as witnessed recently a somewhat safer area that pedestrians may also take advantage of. My comfort level while riding Russell Street today was greatly increased over previous travels along this street. Notice the bend at 6th Street to accomodate the southbound left turn lane allignment. Russell St Repaved If  you ride this corridor, please let us know your thoughts about this significant change. Contact us using this link to send us an email with your thoughts. We need to let the City and MDT know that bicyclists appreciate their efforts to improve safety for all.

What’s in There For Me: Mining National Data for Information on Walking and Bicycling

The next APBP Webinar that BWAM will present will provide an examination of the large national databases available to us and how they can be queried to extract data on cycling and walking in our communities. This webinar will provide a user-friendly, 101-level overview of the National Household Travel Survey and the American Community Survey, including a detailed description of the data relevant to bicycle and pedestrian trips to be found in each data set; how to use the NHTS Table Designer Tool and the U.S. Census Factfinder website to extract information and build a profile of your community; and a discussion of the limitations and caveats of these tools. The session includes a case study from Portland, Oregon, that shows how these data can be used to build support for investments in cycling and walking. Presenters are Dr. Robert Schneider, Assistant Professor in the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Department of Urban Planning, and Roger Geller, Bicycle Coordinator, City of Portland.

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

  • When: Thursday, October 10, 2013 at 12:00 noon
  • Where: 1st Floor Conference Room, Garlington, Lohn, & Robinson, 350 Ryman St., Missoula
  • WhatWhat’s in There For Me: Mining National Data for Information on Walking and Bicycling
  • Registration: Register here for a free lunch! Please register by 5:00 PM of Tuesday 10/8 to insure 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.

Please plan to participate in these BWAM-sponsored activities during Bike/Walk/Bus Week, September 8-14:

Monday, 2:00 pm — Join this BWAM-sponsored bike ride especially for moms, kids, and others who would like to bike for shopping and errands but are unsure of how to get from west of Reserve Street to Currents or The Good Food Store. Meet at 3rd & Grove Street (by Le Petit Outre Bakery) for this safe easy ride on our great new Milwaukee Trail. For information or if interested but can’t make it at 2, call Ethel at 549-9722. Paricipants will receive a BWAM bike light.

Tuesday, 4:30 pm — Bike to one of Missoula’s great breweries! Meet a BWAM leader at 4:30 and decide as a group which brewery to visit — a very short ride west to Bayern, a slightly longer ride east on the trail to the Myrtle Street Kettlehouse, a short ride north,  then east to Draught Works, continue over the Northside Overpass to the Northside Kettlehouse , or a much longer ride west mainly to Big Sky Brewery which serves free samples. The group will decide, possibly splitting into two groups or visiting two breweries or adding a dinner stop downtown at the Tamarack or Flathead.  Many options.

Wednesday, 6:30 pm — BWAM is joining with the Jeannette Rankin Peace Center to help lead a ride to the Peace Park on Waterworks Hill. Leave JRPC (519 S. Higgins) at 6:30 and ride to the trailhead and then walk the trail to the Peace Park. Meditate, discuss, sing, or just walk around to reflect on September 11.

Thursday, 4-5:30 pm — Bike, walk, or skate through the Reserve Street underpass (north of 3rd Street) and receive a free light from Bike/Walk Alliance for Missoula (BWAM)

Friday, 7:30-9:00 a.m. bike, walk or skate across Russell Street at the bike/ped crossing at Dakota Street and receive a free light or other gift from Bike/Walk Alliance for Missoula (BWAM).

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