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 needs and opinions across this vast state. As of May 25, approximately 1,700 individuals participated in the online survey, over 50 individual comments were received, and over 180 individuals have subscribed to email updates for the Plan. The Plan primarily aims to establish a consistent approach for considering pedestrian and bicycle modes on state-owned and maintained facilities. It is not intended to identify specific projects, rather it will establish a common vision and goals to meet pedestrian and bicyclist needs, improve safety, and establish a more walk- and bike-friendly Montana. Next steps include analyzing existing conditions as well as constraints and opportunities. So far, great feedback from the public has helped MDT assess focus areas for nonmotorized transportation. Themes include: safety, education, system preservation and maintenance, accessibility, connectivity, mobility, health, economic vitality, and barriers and challenges. Opinions, comments, and requests for Plan updates can be submitted to MDTBikePed@mt.gov or MDT Ped Bike, PO Box 201001, Helena, MT 59620. For more information about the Plan, visit: https://mdt.mt.gov/pubinvolve/pedbike/.
Updated Bicycling the Big Sky Map Available Soon
MDT recently updated the Bicycling the Big Sky map. This informational map is a great resource for those who want to travel along Montana highways by bicycle. MDT’s Geospatial Section and the Bicycle and Pedestrian Program manager worked diligently to update the map after collecting the most recent data for shoulder widths, rumble strips, and the annual average daily traffic. The new map will be available for distribution early this summer. To order maps, contact Michelle Wheat at 444-9273 or MiWheat@mt.gov.