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I just wanted to say thank you to all the courteous Missoula drivers out on the road this winter. So often the only time people discuss roads or traffic is to complain about how bad drivers, rude behavior, or idiotic design.

Almost everyday this winter I have been out there cycling in the less than optimal road conditions among motorists that have been nothing but respectful and patient. Even when I’m forced into the middle of a travel lane to avoid chunks of ice that could easily send my flying out of the seat of my two wheeled contraption people have been understanding.

Winter might just be my favorite time to be out on the road cycling; there is nothing quite like the feeling of freshly fallen snow under the tires as the sun just starts to peak it’s morning rays past the top of Mt Sentinel. So again, thank you all for not ruining that sense of wonder with the sound of a blaring car horn.


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Are YOU a CYCLIST or PEDESTRIAN that uses Missoula’s many TRIALS, SIDEWALKS, OR BIKE LANES?  Do you care anything about new sidewalk construction, expanding Missoula’s excellent trails system, or getting more bike lanes stripped around town? If so then your chance to contribute to building a brighter future for Missoula active transportation is fast approaching.  The Transportation Planning  office within OPG needs volunteers to help conduct a non-motorized traffic count on Saturday, September 11th and Tuesday, September 14th.   Sign up to volunteer here, or visit their website for more information.  In addition to the count days a volunteer training will occur on September 9th starting at 5:30 in City Council Chambers and last an hour.

Why are these counts important?  Just as with counting vehicle traffic, counting pedestrians and cyclists helps to determine demand for better on-street and off-street facilities, potential help steer funding of various infrastructure improvements, and helps the county to potential win grants for construction projects or programs.  And if your interested in seeing some of the results from the spring count click here to view a map that breaks down the numbers counted in May.

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