Posts Tagged ‘Missoula’

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.

The Travel Channel, Outdoor and Adventure columnist Ryan Van Duzer posted his ranking of the top 10 bicycling cities in the US. Yes, Missoula has been recognized again as a premiere bicycling city in 8th place ahead of San Diego, CA. and Louisville, KY.

Introducing the Norman Maclean Trail

Like many a fly fisherman in western Montana where the summer days are almost arctic in length, I often do not start fishing until the cool of the evening. Then in the arctic half-light of the canyon, all existence fades into a being with my soul and memories and the sounds of the Big Blackfoot River and a four-count rhythm and the hope that a fish will rise. Eventually, all things merge into one, and a river runs through it.

Many a Missoulian can relate to this passage from local author Norman Maclean’s beloved novel, A River Runs Through it. Whether you fly fish or bike or rock climb, if you live in western Montana its wild landscape holds some part of you captive, drawing you into the outdoors again and again to explore a new trail or rock wall or part of a river. For those of us who have lived elsewhere, we know that access to a wild ‘playground’ in our backyard is what makes Missoula unique. And soon outdoor enthusiasts and explorers will have access to a new trail route through the forested backyard that connects the Rattlesnake to the west side of Seeley Lake. The Missoula Community Foundation and the Seeley Lake Community Foundation have teamed up to bring the new trail to life and are naming it in honor of Norman Maclean’s local legacy. Read the rest of this entry »

Bike Den LogoMissoula’s Downtown Bike Den

Open For Use

With the ribbon cutting ceremony on Thursday, Nov 15, 2012 the new Bike Den at the Mountain Line Transfer Station has officially opened. This great new facility provides covered parking for bicycles, a self-service bike repair station with tire inflator and display cases for bike commuter information. Stop by and check out this facility on Pine Street between Ryman and Woody Streets.

  • Missoula Bike Den at the Transfer Station Downtown
  • Missoula Bike Den Overview
  • Missoula Bike Den Overview
  • Den Security and vendingVending machine has snacks plus minor parts including replacement inner tubes.
  • Bike maintenance stand in the DenConvenient stand to hold your bike while you make adjustments
  • Bike maintenance stand in the DenConvenient stand to hold your bike while you make adjustments
  • Tools in the Bike DenBasic bike repair tools tethered to the bike stand.
  • Tools in the Bike DenBasic bike repair tools tethered to the bike stand.
  • Fill up your tires at the DenAir compressor with both Presta and Shrader connections and pressure indicator.
Missoula Bike Den at the Transfer Station Downtown1 Missoula Bike Den Overview2 Missoula Bike Den Overview3 Den Security and vending4 Bike maintenance stand in the Den5 Bike maintenance stand in the Den6 Tools in the Bike Den7 Tools in the Bike Den8 Fill up your tires at the Den9
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With the new 3-bike racks on the Mountain Line buses this Den makes for biking and busing in perfect harmony. These improvements were funded through a Federal Livability Grant obtained by Mountain Line to improve transportation services for Missoula.