Posts Tagged ‘bicycle’

Come celebrate all BWAM has accomplished for better biking and walking since our founding in January, 2007!   This year’s annual meeting Friday, January 23, 2015  from 6:00-9:00 (or so) in the Runners Edge basement meeting room, combines  good food and drink with lots of socializing  not only with BWAM members but with some  special guests who play important roles in active transportation:BWAM Members' Meeting

  • Keynote Speaker – Nick Kaufman, 2015 President, Missoula Chamber of Commerce
  • Missoula-Lolo Trail update – Peter Walker-Keleher .
  • Missoula Parks & Recreation Director Donna Gaukler and Missoula County Parks and Trails Manager Lisa Moisey will provide an update on parks & trails.
  • Bob Wachtel, Chair of the Missoula Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Board will provide an update on BPAB activities.
  • Any others whom we’ve overlooked.

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 2015 and beyond.  A short BWAM  business meeting will include introductions of current Board members and officers for 2015, a brief update on 2014 activities,  a brief financial report from our Treasurer,  and elections to the Board.  The slate of board members to be approved by  a voice vote will be composed of 3 new board nominees.

This will be chance to say thank you and farewell to founding board member and Treasurer, Bob Wachtel and outgoing board members Ginny Sullivan and John Wood.

The members’ meeting is free to all members and open to other interested individuals  for a $10.00 donation. We encourage attendance by anyone interested in making the Missoula valley the best place to bike and walk! You can join at the door or in advance on our “Join Now” web page. Register below for the  2015 Annual BWAM Members’ Meeting.

  • What: BWAM Annual Members’ meeting with food and drink provided.
  • Where:  Runners’ Edge basement meeting room, 304 N Higgins Ave (enter via the Alley)
  • When: Friday, Jan. 23, 2014, 6:00-9:00 pm

Please Register

Please let us know that you are attending and how many are in your party! Please list others in your party in the comments block so that we can prepare a name-tag for them.

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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.

Missoula Ride of Silence 2014
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.

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 »

From Paint to Preform: Getting the Most from Pavement Markings

The next APBP Webinar that BWAM will present will be particularly informative for those who apply the markings to Missoula’s streets or control the budget for the materials for those markings. Join us in the 1st floor conference room at Garlington, Lohn, and Robinson, 350 Ryman Street at 11:30 am.  Register early for a free lunch. Remember, you MUST register in advance to reserve your lunch.

  • When: Thursday, August 8, 2013 at 11:30 am
  • Where: 1st Floor Conference Room, Garlington, Lohn, & Robinson, 350 Ryman St., Missoula
  • What: Pavement Marking Webinar
  • Registration: Register here for a free lunch! Please register by 12:00 Midnight of Monday 8/5 to insure you are provided a lunch.

Most low-cost retrofits for bicycle and pedestrian improvements involve pavement markings, whether striping a crosswalk or a bike lane or colorizing a conflict zone. This presentation will examine the effectiveness of different pavement marking materials including factors like durability, winter maintenance issues, retro-reflectivity, slip resistance and accessibility with a particular focus on application for innovative markings such as colorized paint and specialized symbols. The session includes an overview of MUTCD guidance on pavement marking materials, a presentation from Los Angeles that discusses an evaluation and comparison of different materials for green lanes, and information from Chicago related to the effect of winter conditions on pavement markings.

Presenters are Zaki Mustafa,  Executive Officer, Project Delivery, LADOT; Nathan Roseberry, Senior Transportation Engineer, T.Y. Lin; and Bill Schultheiss, Senior Engineer, Toole Design Group.

Helmets for adults and children will be on sale this Thursday, March 21, 2013 from 12-3pm at the Old Western Montana Clinic Building, 515 W Front Street, Missoula. Many types of helmets are available (bicycle, ski, equestrian, multi-sport, etc). Cash and checks are accepted, no credit cards.
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