Engineers on a Walkabout

Bike Walk Montana had the honor of presenting with Matt Maze from MDT and Chris Siller from the MT Independent Living Project at the Joint Engineers Conference. This years presentation was geared around the issues that people with disabilities and mobility challenges encounter while accessing their communities and provided solutions to improve their livability. The session concluded with a walkabout outside to…(read more)

Myths Debunked: Stop the Confusion over these Bicycle Related Laws

Myth or Truth? It is almost a daily occurrence that I speak to someone who wants clarification of the following bicycle related laws. So, here is a pile of the bicycle related laws that seem to cause the most confusion on Montana's roads. Make it a committment to learn these laws and share them with your fellow bicycle or car traveling buddies, to help…(read more)

Be a Champion for Good Bicycling

I am a person who rides a bike for thousands of reasons (maybe more) and one of those reasons is for transportation. As a person who rides a bike on the same road that cars travel on, I love talking about my rights! I am not alone; people who ride bikes like talking about their right to share the road.…(read more)

Highlights of the 2017 National Walking Summit

I recently had the opportunity to attend the National Walking Summit in St. Paul, MN. where over 600 advocates and professionals from 45 states, Washington, D.C., and Canada came together to learn from each other on how to improve walking in their own communities and states. While there, I learned more about winning campaigns for walking and walkable communities; fundraising…(read more)

Raising Awareness for a Safe Passing Distance

Bike Walk Montana partnered together with five communities including Anaconda, Billings, Great Falls, Helena, and Missoula to lead a ‘pool noodle ride’ to raise awareness for what a minimum safe passing distance is when passing a bicyclist. Riders attached a pool noodle to their bicycle that stuck out three feet to the left representing what a minimum safe passing distance…(read more)

Shared-Use Path Policy Doesn’t Work for Montanans

Montana Department of Transportation recently adopted policy 8-03-001 which restricts when and where shared-use paths may be constructed in MDT right-of-way. Bike Walk Montana and the Adventure Cycling Association submitted a letter to Director Tooley explaining how this policy is a step back for Montana and needs to be rescinded. Our key concerns with policy 8-03-001 include: 1. There was no public input…(read more)

Active Transportation Plan to be Updated

The Montana Dept. of Transportation will begin working on a State Active Transportation Plan over the next few months.  As a way to involve more state agencies and organizations in this process, the Governor’s Office of Economic Development facilitated an inter-agency meeting comprised of MDT, MT Dept of Public Health and Human Services, MT State Parks, MT Dept of Commerce,…(read more)

No Break From Politics

  It may seem like the 2019 Legislative session is light years away, but Bike Walk Montana is already busy preparing by setting priorities, meeting with legislators, and developing a strategy for success. Bicyclists in Montana believe a defined safe-passing distance is a priority. There was an overwhelming amount of support of the safe-passing bill in the 2017 session, but unfortunately the…(read more)

Whirlwind Trip Through Eastern Montana

We recently traveled through Montana with Cathy Costakis (Building Active Communities Iniative), meeting with folks in Billings, Hysham, Forsyth, Miles City, Plevna, Baker, Glendive, Sidney, Colstrip, and Roundup.  The goals of the trip were to hear what was happening in each community and determine how we might be able to help, to discuss ways of enabling and encouraging more people…(read more)

Offering Community Assistance

Technical Assistance to Communities Bike Walk Montana assists communities in the state of Montana with their local efforts and initiatives to make their communities more bike/walk friendly. This includes meeting with community leaders and advocates, providing resources, answering questions, holding workshops, giving presentations, writing letters of support, and speaking at city council meetings.  We also partner with the Department of…(read more)
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