Posts Tagged ‘Missoula-Lolo Trail’

Enter the new year, and it’s time for the BWAM annual member meeting and party! We’re excited about welcoming Meredith Printz of the Missoula Community Foundation to share with us plans for the Norman Maclean Trail connecting Missoula’s forested back yard to the Seeley Lake area. Please come and bring your friends — cyclists, hikers, walkers, runners — to learn more about this great recreational trail: Friday, January 25, 6-8 pm, Downtown Dance Collective, 121 W. Main. For information about the trail talk, see the article below by our new volunteer, Saara Snow. Registration is required, please register by 5:00 pm on Wednesday, 1/23/2013.

Other annual meeting business includes an overview of BWAM’s activities and advocacy the past year, including some exciting developments on the Missoula-Lolo Trail and Grant Creek Trail, and an update on our new statewide advocacy group, Bike Walk Montana. Board members Ginny Sullivan and Jean Belangie-Nye are up for re-election, and one vacancy exists due to original member Jim Sayer having completed two three-year terms, the maximum allowed under BWAM By-Laws. He will be missed! Board nominations and applications are encouraged. Send inquiries or suggestions to Robin.

Food and drink will be free to BWAM members, but non-members will be asked to donate $10. We’ll be happy to sign up new members at the door, and if you’re a lapsed BWAM member, this is the time to renew. Sorry, we can accept only checks or cash at the event, so if you want to join or renew by credit card, you can do so in advance here. Pre-registration  for the annual meeting is required, for both members and non-members.  Preregister here.

Missoula-Lolo Trail Options
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 »

On Thursday 10/6/11 Robin O’Day of KPAX in Missoula reported on the allocation of the $100,000 grant to study the feasibility of the Missoula-Lolo Trail proposal. See this report at KPAX.

Montana Public Radio featured BWAM board member Jean Bellangie-Nye, talking about the Missoula-Lolo Trail project to create a separated, paved trail between Missoula and Lolo. Click on this link and go to the 12 minute mark (approximately 1/3 through the timeline) to hear Jean and the latest on this project to connect the trail from Missoula to Hamilton!

Missoula-Lolo Trail Alliance Committee of BWAM is pleased to announce that Missoula County will be administering a $100,000 grant to fund a route feasibility study. See the 9/28/2011 Press Release.

A grant application to fund a $75,000 feasibility study was submitted to MDOT by city staff in May and MDOT proceeded to rank the grant and forward it on to FHWA. Unfortunately, MDOT didn’t rank the grant request at the highest possible ranking so we are asking for a show of public support. See the Missoula-Lolo Trail Alliance web site for more information about this project.

Call to Action:

Please send a letter in support of The Missoula to Lolo Bicycle Pedestrian Trail Discretionary Grant for a Feasibility Study to:

Cindi Ptak
Federal Lands Highways Program Coordinator
FHWA, Office of Federal Lands Highway
1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
Washington, DC 20590
*protected email*

In your letter or email to Cindi Ptak, please use your own language as it is more powerful. Please copy Representative Rehberg, Senator Baucus, and Senator Tester, and Jim Skinner at Montana Department of Transportation. Below is a list of talking points to help with your communication.

  • The Missoula to Lolo Trail connects Missoula to the 45 mile long Bitterroot Trail providing access to federal and state recreation areas
  • The trail increases the safety of the Missoula -Lolo Highway 93 corridor by eliminating bike/pedestrian conflicts with motor vehicles
  • The trail will increases economic growth for businesses along the Bitterroot Trail System
  • The trail will enhance livability by providing a place for families and children to recreate and by providing an alternate transportation corridor
  • The trail is used by hundreds of cyclists every year as part of two national bicycle routes: Trans America Bicycle Trail and the Lewis and Clark Bicycle Trail.

E-mails and addresses:
Senator Max Baucus
*protected email*
511 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20510

Senator Jon Tester
*protected email*
724 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20510

Congressman Denis Rehberg
*protected email*
2448 Rayburn House Building
Washington, D.C. 20515

Jim Skinner
*protected email*
P.O. Box 201001
Helena, Montana 59620

If you would like to be include on the Missoula-Lolo Trail Alliance e-mail list e-mail Jean Belangie-Nye