Posts Tagged ‘Missoula’

Come enjoy Sunday Streets Missoula on Sunday, July 19 on Higgins Avenue in downtown Missoula from 12 noon till 4 PM. If you have time please volunteer to help staff the BWAM tent at Sunday Streets to promote safer biking and walking in the greater Missoula area.

Ride of Silence LogoBWAM will be hosting the 9th Annual Missoula Ride of Silence on May 20, 2015 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 12th 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.

Bike Swap Logo


  • When:
    • Saturday (drop off day), May 9th, 1 pm – 6 pm and
    • Sunday (sale day), May 10, 2015, 9 am – 3 pm
  • Where: The Adams Center (32 Campus Drive, Missoula, MT 59812)

Do you have a bike or biking equipment that needs a new home? Gear collecting dust in the closet? Gather up all your unused bikes and gear and bring them to BWAM and Free Cycles first annual used bike sale. The Missoula Bike Swap is new fundraiser for BWAM and Free Cycles.

BWAM & Free Cycles partnered on a grant with the Global Leadership Initiative to organize this inaugural Bike Swap in Missoula. The team of five GLI students have organized and developed this inaugural event. Proceeds will go to the non-profit organizations BWAM and Free Cycles to promote safer biking and walking in the Missoula area through advocacy and education.

Volunteers are needed on the 9th and/or 10th to facilitate check in and help sell. Click here to sign up.

Missoula Bike Swap also needs sponsors, Three levels of sponsorship:

  • Main Sponsor~$400
  • Supporting Sponsor~$250
  • Business Sponsor~$100

Main and supporting sponsors will have booths at the Bike Swap. Main sponsor also receives 45 radio slots of advertising. Contact Jean for more information. Read the rest of this entry »

The Missoula County and City Planning Offices with the Sonoran Institute will present a Planning Open House on April 23rd. Include in the plans are safe walking and biking facilities as well as connections to the Kim Williams Trail, the Milltown Dam State Park and to Missoula. Your input is important. Please plan to attend.

  • When: April 23rd, 6:30 to 8:30 PM
  • Where: Mount Jumbo School, Michigan Ave., East Missoula, MT.

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.

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.

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.