Bicycle Tourism is a good source of income for Montana- the case for a great community trail system- by Tom Howard

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Lynn Harper, volunteer coordinator and volunteer Tom Howard represented Billings TrailNet at the Bike Walk Summit. They learned how bicycle tourism can benefit a community’s economy. The 100 or so attendees learned how bicycle tourists are providing a valuable source of income to rural Montana communities. Lois Volkening, commander of the American Legion Post 20 […]

ADA-compliant infrastructure can be less user friendly than you’d think- lessons from the Bike Walk Summit, by Tom Howard

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Without a doubt, the Americans with Disabilities Act, approved by Congress in 1990, has improved the quality of life for millions of Americans. This groundbreaking piece of civil rights legislation was enacted to prevent discrimination against people with disabilities in the workplace and in public spaces. One of the more noticeable aspects of the law […]

Kiwanis is having a bike rodeo May 19 and needs volunteers!

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The Billings Kiwanis, Billing’s Parks and Recreation Department, along with the Bike Shop, Spoke Shop and Collin’s Bike Shop have combined resources to offer the 20th Annual Youth Bicycle Rodeo scheduled for Saturday, May 19, 10:00 – 11:30 AM at Pioneer Park, near wading pool and rest rooms. All boys and girls in kdgn-3rd grade […]

Please reach out to our House and Senate representatives on the importance of including ALL MODES in the Infrastructure Bill

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The Trump Administration says its proposed $1.5 trillion infrastructure plan, introduced earlier this year, aims to encourage private investment in addition to buy-in from state and local governments. Despite the big numbers being tossed around, numerous media outlets have pointed out that federal funding in the Trump Adminstration’s proposal would pay for just a fraction […]

Two major road projects in Billings will include bike/ped facilities

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Billings Bypass connects Lockwood to the Heights Montana Department of Transportation has been working on the Billings Bypass in Lockwood for years, and the final design includes bike/ped facilities along much of the route. The entire project goes from Johnson Lane through Lockwood, over the Yellowstone River and ends at Five Mile Road, extending to […]

Bike Walk Summit and Workshop is March 21 – 23, 2018 in Bozeman

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Meet and talk with others from all over Montana who are similarly interested in bike ped issues, learn what they’ve been up to, and what you can do in your own community. Topics will include: Bicycle Tourism Walking programs and techniques Bike / walk – friendly communities Engineering and maintenance best practices How to talk […]

Part of the Skyline Trail is a finalist in an application for a large grant from Recreational Trails Program!

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Billings TrailNet applied for a large grant last month to the Recreational Trails Program for the largest grant possible of $90,000. The application includes from (west to east): Paved parking at Zimmerman Park Restrooms and benches at Zimmerman Park (generously provided by Phillips 66) Interpretive signage at Zimmerman Park A trail from parking lot to […]

The Pride and the Promise!

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Sixteen riders raised a total of $3,885 to support Billings TrailNet at the inaugural Cycle for a Cause fundraiser Feb. 24 at Yellowstone Fitness. Participants pedaled their stationary bikes for two 45-minute spinning sessions led by instructor Nikki Carda. Volunteer Susan Keys from Billings Clinic collected pledges and was in charge of registration. The money […]

Tour de Fleur seeks nominations for Participant of Honor- Winner will receive a new bicycle!

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Do you know a woman who is interested in bicycling and could discover more happiness, experience improvements in her health or could overcome serious challenges by taking up the sport? If so, Billings TrailNet would like to hear from you. Billings TrailNet, a 1,000-member nonprofit dedicated to improving Billings trails and encouraging active transportation, is […]

Please help us promote BILLINGS TrailNet and avoid confusion!

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There is another TrailNet on the web, we want to be clear that it’s BILLINGS TrailNet that works for multiuse trails and bikeways in Billings!* The organization depicted below has the trailnet.org website, and performs the same function as we do… only they focus on trails in St. Louis, MO. Would you be confused if […]

Tax reform changes and their implications for donating to charities is clarified

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Itemized deductions overall are not being eliminated (such as mortgage interest, medical expenses, charity), only certain itemized deductions are being capped (State income taxes) or eliminated (misc. 2% deductions).  Also, under the new law due to the enhanced standard deduction, many taxpayers will find it more beneficial to claim the standard deduction rather than itemize […]

Billings TrailNet prepares for member 1K!

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by Tom Howard When Kristi Drake became executive director of Billings TrailNet back in 2012, she could have easily loaded all of Billings TrailNet’s dozen or so members  into the back of a stretch limo for a night on the town. Five years later, if you tried to gather all of Billings TrailNet’s members in one place, […]

We welcome Tom Howard as our Billings TrailNet journalist!

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We are proud to say that former Billings Gazette writer, Tom Howard, is now writing many of the articles you read in our e-newsletter and blog. You may recognize Tom Howard as the Billings Gazette’s former Billings Business editor, but he retired in August, and we are lucky enough to benefit from his wit and […]

Billings TrailNet’s Membership Appreciation Event was full of fun and gratitude

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Yellowstone Cellars and Winery was packed with cheer and enthusiastic members last Thursday, Nov. 16 at our Membership Appreciation Event. Billings TrailNet’s Program Coordinator, Lynn Harper, brought the group together with great energy and awarded many members with volunteer gifts.     Executive Director Kristi Drake updated the group about the newest developments with the […]