Biking & Walking
Safe Routes to Schools
Kids need a safe, convenient and fun way to bicycle and walk to school on a daily basis. All Bozeman elementary schools have a Safe Routes to School map, prepared by Alta planning. The maps show recommended routes, crosswalks, and traffic signals as well as discouraged routes, sections of missing sidewalk, and dangerous intersections. These maps are a great tool to help you and your child safely bike or walk to school – and are useful information about street infrastructure for those of us without kids too!
Bicycle Benefits Program
Get a Bicycle
Bozeman is home to many fantastic bike retailers. Our community is very fond of their work; they offer free bike maintenance clinics, give great advice, fix your bike, and sponsor many local events. Support them when you can. If you need another option, you might hit the jackpot at one of these other bike sales.
Police Abandoned Bike Auction – The City of Bozeman Police Department runs an annual sale of abandoned bicycles. In fall 2012, this was a pool of over 90 bikes! A list of bicycles that have been turned in to the police as abandoned is available on the city website: check here if your bike was stolen, and may have been abandoned, or to check the date for this year’s sale.
Bike Swap – The Gallatin Valley Bicycle Club runs an annual Bike Swap in the spring. Sell an old one, or find your new treasure. See Gallatin Valley Bicycle Club’s website for details and dates.
Maps of Bike Lanes and Trails
Interactive Map of Bike Lanes and Trails created by the City of Bozeman GIS Department and the Bozeman Area Bicycle Advisory Board. Check the boxes to see what you want – trails, bike lanes, bike routes (signed), shared use paths, parks, open space, wetlands and more! Main Street to the Mountains Trails Map created by the Gallatin Valley Land Trust, showcasing all trails, parks, playgrounds, and climbing boulders in Bozeman and the surrounding area, from the “M” to Sourdough, and Snowfill to the East Gallatin Recreation Area. Available for $2 at many local retailers listed on their website – well worth it, especially as your purchase helps to support the maintenance of many trails.
Bicycle Advocacy Groups
Keeping Wheels Turning in Bozeman
Bozeman Area Bicycle Advisory Board – An advisory board to the City Commission whose purpose is to promote safe and effective bicycle commuting opportunities in Bozeman. The board provides input on the city documents that govern growth — both generally and with respect to specific projects. It also identifies maintenance projects where bicycle facilities can be improved, prints the local bike map, organizes Bozeman’s yearly Bike Week, and promotes bicycling at events around Bozeman.
Bozeman Bike Kitchen – a cooperative cycling center dedicated to making the use of bicycles as transportation possible and fun for all members of the Bozeman community. The Kitchen teaches Bozeman residents about bicycle care and maintenance and refurbishes bikes through organized volunteer efforts.
Gallatin Valley Bike Club – a volunteer, non-profit organization dedicated to promoting and improving cycling in the Gallatin Valley. The Club supports shared-use trails in appropriate and accessible locations, sponsors the annual Bike Swap, and sponsors local organizations and events benefiting cyclists, such as the Montana Special Olympics, Bike to Work Week, Longest Day of and Trails, the Bike Kitchen. The Dirt Concern is the mountain biking branch of Gallatin Valley Bike Club.
Parks and Trails Bond Issue
Bozeman voters overwhelmingly passed a $15 million bond issue for Parks and Trails in November 2012. This bond will be used for expanding, improving and creating new parks, trails, natural areas, and athletic fields. New trails and parks have the potential to reduce Bozeman’s carbon footprint, as both carbon-sinks and to the extent they reduce driving.