League of American Bicyclists vigilant about autonomous vehilcles

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Billings TrailNet is an organizational member of the League of American Bicyclists, and supports their concerns about autonomous vehicles. From the League: The Senate is debating a bill allowing automated vehicles to be tested in communities on a large scale — it would increase the number tenfold from what is on the street right now.  The AV START act […]

This summer’s bike/ped news from Montana Department of Transportation

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Following are two bike/ped related updates taken from MDT’s June e-newsletter– Montana’s First Pedestrian & Bicycle Plan On Track MDT met with local governments, stakeholders, and the public to hear thoughts and opinions about walking and bicycling in Montana. MDT hosted six open houses/listening sessions in communities of varying sizes to best understand the differing […]

Rims 2 River Run will benefit Skyline Trail! Run July 8

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Yellowstone Rim Runners (YRR) sponsor various races during the year from one mile to a marathon.  This July, they are putting on the first annual “Rims To River Run” and it  will take place on Sunday, July 8th, 2018.  The race consists of a 15k starting at 8:15 am and 8k starting at 8:00 am.  Both […]

New bike racks in downtown Billings

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Whether you’re a bicycle commuter who works downtown or you occasionally pedal to the heart of Billings for fun, you may have noticed a big improvement to local cycling infrastructure. The blue staple-shaped bike racks that dotted downtown sidewalks are being replaced by black ring-shaped racks that are more attractive and functional. Joe Stout and […]

Billings team went to a TrailNation Summit and learned from Rails To Trails Conservancy

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The recent Trail Nation Summit in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, brought together trail advocates, planners and other interested parties from around the country. The Billings participants were: Melissa Henderson of Healthy By Design; Dianne Lehm of Big Sky Economic Development; Kristi Drake, executive director of Billings TrailNet; and Monica Plecker of the City County Planning Department. “We […]

JOIN US FOR THE COMMUTER CHALLENGE JUNE 10-23, 2018!

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Do you want to do something that is easy, cheap, healthy, sustainable and fun? Do you want to be more active, get discounts at local businesses and arrive at your destination feeling energized and ready to go? Do you want to do something new and different and be part of a fun and friendly competition? […]

200 women and their families rode the 2018 Tour de Fleur May 6!

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by Tom Howard It was a time for petals and pedals, for turning cranks and turning heads with beautifully decorated bikes. More than 200 riders adorned their bikes with flowers and other pretty things just before taking a spin through the scenic areas surrounding Shiloh Crossing as part of the third annual Tour de Fleur […]

Weekly rides for everyone, all summer long!

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The Spoke Shop hosts rides almost every day, which means there is a ride scheduled for all types of riders.  Check their Facebook page for updates- but the weekly schedule is as follows:   Thursday Women’s MTB ride. 6:30 pm Zimmerman Park   Wednesday Wild West MTB Ride. 6:30 pm Zimmerman Park.   Saturday Urban […]

JOIN US FOR THE COMMUTER CHALLENGE JUNE 10-23, 2018!

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Do you want to do something that is easy, cheap, healthy, sustainable and fun? Do you want to be more active, get discounts at local businesses and arrive at your destination feeling energized and ready to go? Do you want to do something new and different and be part of a fun and friendly competition? […]

Help Montana Department of Transportation develop its Pedestrian and Bicycle Plan. Take their survey and be heard!

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The Montana Department of Transportation (MDT) is developing the state’s first Pedestrian and Bicycle Plan. The agency hopes to gain information from Montanans across the state in order to gain a better understanding of walking and biking as it is used to meet diverse transportation uses and needs. The Plan will help set the foundation […]

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 […]