Helena City Commission to decide on Bike Friendly district - KFBB.com News, Sports and Weather

Helena City Commission to decide on Bike Friendly district

Posted: Updated:
HELENA -

The Helena city commission is holding a public hearing tonight to discuss a resolution of intent. The resolution would provide extra funds to make Helena more bike and pedestrian friendly.

After tonight's city commission meeting, the city of Helena could be moving forward with plans to create a district within the city limits that would improve getting around town on foot or bike. That would include sidewalk improvements, curbside trails, and bike lane maintenance.

"We are trying to improve upon those facilities," City Manager Ron Alles said. "There are any number of neighborhoods in town that don't have sidewalks, that don't have bike lanes. There's room for improvement throughout the city."

Helena residents who use their bike to commute say this is a great direction for the city to take.

"I think it's a great idea, I think we need to increase the walking and biking infrastructure that we have in Helena." Safe Routes to School coordinator Elisa Prescott said. "It important to have those things."

Prescott bikes 10 miles per week around town. She says she would benefit a great deal with if the city created safer routes for cyclists.

"I commute by bike to work everyday," Prescott said. "So it's really important to me to have a safe route to get to work. I commute to errands and around town and so it's important to me to have other cyclists as well as motorist educated about the rules and have that infrastructure in place to do it safely. 

"In total it's going to be about $105,000 a year as being proposed right now," Alles said. "Any Property owner in Helena is going to have an opportunity to protest that."

Protests forms will be sent out within the next few weeks, where property owners will be asked to mail in their protest or support of the district proposal. If the protests exceed 50 percent of the vote, the proposal will die....if the number of protests fall between 50 to 10 percent then the proposal will go to a referendum or a vote to the people....finally if it's less than 10 percent then the commission can pass the proposal as is.

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Wolf-like animal killed near Denton

    Wolf-like animal killed near Denton

    Thursday, May 24 2018 10:54 AM EDT2018-05-24 14:54:36 GMT
    Thursday, May 24 2018 7:12 PM EDT2018-05-24 23:12:04 GMT
    Image Courtesy KXLOImage Courtesy KXLO

    DENTON - One family in Denton said they called Fish Wildlife and Parks after they shot what appeared to be a wolf on their ranch.   According to KXLO in Lewistown, game wardens came out to pick the animal up and sent pictures of it to a wolf specialist in Great Falls.  

    DENTON - One family in Denton said they called Fish Wildlife and Parks after they shot what appeared to be a wolf on their ranch.   According to KXLO in Lewistown, game wardens came out to pick the animal up and sent pictures of it to a wolf specialist in Great Falls.  

  • Wolf-like animal stumps experts

    Wolf-like animal stumps experts

    Friday, May 25 2018 12:53 PM EDT2018-05-25 16:53:34 GMT

    It may be another week before we know exactly what type of animal was killed by a rancher near Denton last week. 

    It may be another week before we know exactly what type of animal was killed by a rancher near Denton last week. 

  • VIDEO: Search continues for four people in Idaho river

    VIDEO: Search continues for four people in Idaho river

    Wednesday, May 23 2018 5:57 PM EDT2018-05-23 21:57:04 GMT

    GRANGEVILLE, IDAHO - The search continues for four people who remain missing after their car wrecked and landed upside-down in the Selway River in a remote part of Idaho. Newly released video shows the car submerged in a fast-moving river.

    GRANGEVILLE, IDAHO - The search continues for four people who remain missing after their car wrecked and landed upside-down in the Selway River in a remote part of Idaho. Newly released video shows the car submerged in a fast-moving river.

  • Vandal leaves his mark on 25 Helena Walking Mall spots

    Vandal leaves his mark on 25 Helena Walking Mall spots

    Tuesday, December 5 2017 7:16 PM EST2017-12-06 00:16:56 GMT
    Monday, January 8 2018 7:48 PM EST2018-01-09 00:48:57 GMT

    HELENA, Mont.- Vandalism is running rampant throughout the Helena Walking Mall. So far, 25 different spots have been hit, including a piece of history. The yellow, 1800s era trolly car is one of the most notable victims. The graffiti first made its appearance on Friday. The vandal has continued to add to the mess since then. The same black spray painted message, which appears to say "*ASPECT*", is on everything from the trolly to brick walls to murals. "The big thing ...

    HELENA, Mont.- Vandalism is running rampant throughout the Helena Walking Mall. So far, 25 different spots have been hit, including a piece of history. The yellow, 1800s era trolly car is one of the most notable victims. The graffiti first made its appearance on Friday. The vandal has continued to add to the mess since then. The same black spray painted message, which appears to say "*ASPECT*", is on everything from the trolly to brick walls to murals. "The big thing ...

  • Capitol undergoes construction

    Capitol undergoes construction

    Friday, May 25 2018 6:07 PM EDT2018-05-25 22:07:52 GMT
    Friday, May 25 2018 6:07 PM EDT2018-05-25 22:07:52 GMT
    The Montana State Capitol is getting a facelift of sorts. The complex is undergoing a major contraction project to meet certain codes. Right now, most of the south oval loop is in pieces, limiting some access. However, the Capitol's General Services Division says it'll all be worth it in the end. The project will  increase safety and accessibility. They are also taking care of some re-infrastructure issues. The 2017 legislature allocated funds for the deferred maintenanc...
    The Montana State Capitol is getting a facelift of sorts. The complex is undergoing a major contraction project to meet certain codes. Right now, most of the south oval loop is in pieces, limiting some access. However, the Capitol's General Services Division says it'll all be worth it in the end. The project will  increase safety and accessibility. They are also taking care of some re-infrastructure issues. The 2017 legislature allocated funds for the deferred maintenanc...
  • Governor's Cup to benefit new charity

    Governor's Cup to benefit new charity

    Friday, May 25 2018 6:04 PM EDT2018-05-25 22:04:08 GMT
    Friday, May 25 2018 6:04 PM EDT2018-05-25 22:04:08 GMT
    Students at Smith elementary raced for a cause today. For the past two weeks kids have run a couple hours every day in order to train for the upcoming Governor's Cup.  The Governor's Cup is a series of charitable races that include a kid's fun run and a full marathon. When the last school bell rings, students at Smith will have run an entire marathon. This year, the event will benefit a new charity, one aimed at helping kids just like the ones sprinting on the field today. The ...
    Students at Smith elementary raced for a cause today. For the past two weeks kids have run a couple hours every day in order to train for the upcoming Governor's Cup.  The Governor's Cup is a series of charitable races that include a kid's fun run and a full marathon. When the last school bell rings, students at Smith will have run an entire marathon. This year, the event will benefit a new charity, one aimed at helping kids just like the ones sprinting on the field today. The ...
  • Governor Bullock teaches bear safety

    Governor Bullock teaches bear safety

    Friday, May 25 2018 5:55 PM EDT2018-05-25 21:55:10 GMT
    Friday, May 25 2018 5:59 PM EDT2018-05-25 21:59:21 GMT

    Governor Bullock and Lt. Governor Cooney taught Montanans the bear necessities today in Helena. Along with FWP officials, they explained what to do if you encounter a bear. As bears and cubs move to lower elevations, we are more likely to encounter them. With Montanans headed out to the wilderness this Memorial Day weekend, the governor wanted to demonstrate how to use bear spray and how to prepare for a safe outing. FWP says its best to practice with an expired can of spray first...

    Governor Bullock and Lt. Governor Cooney taught Montanans the bear necessities today in Helena. Along with FWP officials, they explained what to do if you encounter a bear. As bears and cubs move to lower elevations, we are more likely to encounter them. With Montanans headed out to the wilderness this Memorial Day weekend, the governor wanted to demonstrate how to use bear spray and how to prepare for a safe outing. FWP says its best to practice with an expired can of spray first...

Powered by Frankly
Copyright - All content © 2001 - 2018. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, Terms of Service, and Ad Choices.