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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.

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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.

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 »

The new website for the Open Streets Project includes Missoula as one of 65 sites around the US setting aside time for citizens to enjoy their streets. Thanks to Missoula in Motion for being the prime organizer for this event in Missoula.

“Open streets initiatives temporarily close streets to automobiles, allowing residents to walk, bike, skate, dance and utilize the roadways in countless creative and active ways. From Los Angeles to Ottawa, and Missoula to Miami, open streets have become a way for cities to build community, promote active transportation and reconnect neighborhoods divided by traffic.

“The website,, showcases dozens of current initiatives across the continent and allows municipalities and advocacy organizations to share information and resources on their open streets initiatives as they evolve and expand.”

Read the full press release here.

Montanans delivered a petition with more than 1,000 signatures (gathered in less than a week – petition text) to Montana’s federal elected representatives, urging them to support the continued and dedicated funding of biking, walking, trail and transit programs. All of these programs are at risk of total elimination or severe cutbacks in legislation that will be considered this week in Congress.

“At a time when Montanans are biking, walking and taking transit more than ever, it’s vital that Congress maintain the current modest level of support for these transportation choices,” said Jim Sayer, executive director of Adventure Cycling Association, based in Missoula, Montana and the largest cycling membership group in North America. “Many Montanans are alarmed that after 20 years of bipartisan support, Congress is on the verge of eliminating inexpensive and effective programs like safe routes to school, recreational trails, and transportation enhancements.” Read the rest of this entry »

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