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Planting Seeds for 2020
December, 2019:  This has been a good year for sustainable transportation in Missoula, Montana. The biggest change was finally getting wide, buffered bike lanes on both S. 5th and S. 6th Street, from Higgins to Russell. This project generally helps car flow, pedestrian crossings and bike flow. From 2007 to 2014 there were 277 car crashes on these sections of streets. Most people agreed something needed to be done. The resulting project was worked on primarily by MIST and the surrounding neighborhood councils. This one street project will help be a catalyst for more change: we are now focusing on the Hip Strip, the Higgins Bridge and the downtown area for better walking and biking. When we say 'better' we generally mean safer and more accessible. For far too long the transportation industry has focused on moving more cars at higher speeds. This trend is changing to include walking, biking and transit and we are happy to be a part of the process. Sincerely, -Bob Giordano, Director, MIST, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
 
2019 blooming
After a long, cold, snowy, wonderful winter, activity is once again on the up swing at Free Cycles and MIST. More and more kids and adults are making free bicycles to pedal around Missoula. We're looking at some new long term campaigns to increase city transportation health and the Free Cycles and MIST property continues to thrive. As always, we welcome community involvement... Stay in touch! -Bob Giordano, Director, MIST, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
 
2018 Excitement
November 2018: Sustainable transportation remains healthy and vibrant in Missoula. New bike lanes and trails are being planned, new roundabouts have opened and transit continues to improve. We've been busy all year and look forward to strong planning and advocacy over the winter. Free Cycles community bike shop has hummed and been a beacon of activity. Getting more people on bikes and making biking more accessible is a critical part of our mission. More walking, transit and improving the driving system with safety and flow are other parts of what we do. Drop a note to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it if you'd like to be involved. Thanks! -Bob Giordano, Director, MIST
 
Growing Health in 2018
March 2018: Missoula, Montana continues to be a leader in sustainable transportation, with much work to do on the horizon.  While Missoula is consistently recognized for healthy transportation options, the gaps in the system are preventing the community from reaching full potential.  Bike lanes and sidewalks stop and start, crossing big roads is too dangerous, transit stops running at 7pm and not at all on some days and the motor vehicle system is full of crashes and pollution.  While our focus is to increase walking, cycling and transit, we also work to make driving safer and more flowing. Missoula has an adopted policy to triple walk/bike/transit modes over the next couple decades.  This is a very doable goal, with concerted effort to both build and maintain a good road, trail and plaza system.  How we each choose to move around affects our own personal health, community health and planetary health.  Let's grow health togehter.  email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to give suggestion or get involved.  -Bob Giordano, Director, MIST 
 
December 2017

MIST, and our flagship program, Free Cycles Missoula, contintue to grow strength and make change in Missoula, Montana.  This has been a busy year, mainly stablilizing and organizing the 2 acre property we bought last year in the heart of Missoula.  This is laying the foundation for program expansion in 2018.  

We continue to work on Roundabout policy, a pedestrian master plan, new bike lanes and trails, the Van Buren roundabouts slated for next summer and keeping strong involvement at the community bicycle shop.

 
2017

We successfully obtained the 2 acre property on S. 1st Street!  We can now grow our bicycle, sustainable transportatin, healthy city design and community involvement programs.  For a full recap, please see

Missoula Independent article looking back at the campaign

 
Growing a World-Class Bicycle and Transportation Center
We have launched a crowdfunding campaign- Support The Bike - to help raise 1.1 million dollars to buy our home in the heart of Missoula.  We are looking for donations to make this dream a reality.  We have more info on the crowdfunding page, and also on our new free cycles website- www.freecycles.org.  Togehter we can do this!
 
cycles of change

We are very excited to announce a major campaign to keep Free Cycles and MIST strong into the future:

CYCLES OF CHANGE
Raising 1.1 million dollars to support sustainable biking and community

Cycles of Change is a campaign geared towards purchasing the property
where Free Cycles Missoula has operated for the past 11 years. Stationed
in the lovely Riverfront Neighborhood, 
Read more...
 
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