Posts Tagged ‘bicycle’

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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Late on Friday, November 4, the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works (EPW) published its proposal for the next federal transportation bill, called MAP-21 (Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century). The 600-page bill will be marked-up in committee on Wednesday, November 9. The proposed legislation makes significant changes to the core, dedicated funding programs for bicycling and walking activities.

  • The current dedicated funding programs for bicycling and walking (Transportation Enhancements, Safe Routes to School and the Recreational Trails program) are combined into one program, with significantly less funding.
  • An expanded list of eligible activities are added to this smaller funding pot, including such big-ticket items as NEPA compliance and land acquisition for wetland mitigation.
  • The proposed bill effectively allows states to completely opt out of the program and would allow all this money to be redirected to highway construction.

Originally, the bill also lumped highway and street construction projects, including high occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes, as part of the expanded eligible activities. On Tuesday, Senator Boxer received bipartisan support for an amendment that will remove all but one of the road uses (NEPA & wetlands).   While this is a positive step, there is still a lot of work to do. The America Bikes Coalition hopes to continue to make changes by working with Boxer and EPW staff to restore dedicated funding in the bill.

Please read America Bike Response to the MAP 21 bill. Click Here to Continue Reading

MISSOULA, MONTANA (October 21, 2011) — U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced this week that Mountain Line has been awarded a $133,744 livability grant that will enable the agency to purchase 3-slot bike racks for all Mountain Line buses, install bike racks at 36 bus stop locations, and construct a unique bike station at the Mountain Line Downtown Transfer Center.  The bike station will feature covered, secure parking for bicycles, day use lockers, a self-serve bike repair station, and display cases for maps featuring bike trails, bike lanes, and other helpful information.

“Through the first two months of this fiscal year we have carried 1,170 more bicycles on Mountain Line than over the same period of time the previous year,” says Mountain Line General Manager Michael Tree. “Recognizing the need for a better bicycle facility at the Downtown Transfer Center, the architectural firm of MacArthur, Means, & Wells designed at no cost to the agency a unique bike station that will be a perfect addition to the downtown area.”

Preliminary Bike Shelter 2011

Preliminary Design Bike Shelter 2011

Other recent enhancements to Mountain Line include free Wi-Fi on all buses by Community Medical Center and BusTracker technology that allows customers to interact with their bus in real time on their computers and smartphones.  Looking to the near future, the agency will be conducting a Comprehensive Operational Analysis of its services and creating a Long Range Plan, with three initial public workshops scheduled for October 26th and October 27th.

Mountain Line carried a record 865,601 riders last year, which represents a 9% increase, or 73,948 additional rides over the previous year.  For more information, residents are encouraged to visit the agency’s web-site at