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Old 07-05-12, 07:19 AM   #1
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Anybody here from Missoula, MT? This place seems like some sort of commuter's mecca

On the last few legs of a road trip and ended up in Missoula for the 4th. We got in town early and had a chance to walk around a lot. There seem to be more people riding bikes here than cars, and not just college kids. From what I saw there's a big age range of people on some decked out and well used commuting bikes.

The streets are laid out to accommodate cycling as well. Anybody have the history on this?
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I don't live there but I've visited a couple of times, and the city seems pretty flat and is mostly old neighbourhoods laid out in grids so it would seem like a good city to bike in, at least until winter comes.
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Probably helps that it's the home to the Adventure Cycling Association. They have been around since the '70s and are advocates for touring and bicycle infrastructure. If you're still there, they welcome visitors. They are used to getting cross-country cyclists who come through town on the Northern Tier Route.
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Probably helps that it's the home to the Adventure Cycling Association. They have been around since the '70s and are advocates for touring and bicycle infrastructure. If you're still there, they welcome visitors. They are used to getting cross-country cyclists who come through town on the Northern Tier Route.
Yeah I saw that place as we were leaving town this morning. If we had more time I would have stopped. It looked really cool.
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I grew up in Kalispell, went to college in Missoula in the 1980s and lived there a couple years after. The last time I did any amount of riding there was when I spent 3 days for a friend's wedding in 2006. I don't recall that there were a whole lot of bike lanes in town; just that there are a lot of people on bikes so drivers are accustomed to dealing with them.
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Eric I think that you mention a good point. I thought of the same thing last night as we ate ice cream at Big Dipper and watched bikes ride by.

There is a real nice path down both sides of the river at points. I also took a picture of a legend with the city bike infrastructure. Never seen anything like it.
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Man, I remember the Missoula shop Airborne MTB from way back...are they still around?
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Yeah, these were probably touring cyclists coming by to visit ACA.
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