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Studies & Plans - Montana Pedestrian & Bicycle Plan

Montana Pedestrian & Bicycle Plan

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Read the Constraints, Opportunities and Strategies Technical Memorandum. The Vision & Goals and Existing Conditions memos are available on the Documents page.

Project Overview

The Montana Department of Transportation (MDT) is developing the state’s first Pedestrian and Bicycle Plan. By engaging Montanans across the state, MDT will gain a better understanding of walking and biking as it is used to meet diverse transportation uses and needs. MDT’s mission is to provide a transportation system and services that emphasize quality, safety, cost effectiveness, economic vitality and sensitivity to the environment. The Montana Pedestrian and Bicycle Plan (Plan) will be used by MDT as it works to fulfill this mission for pedestrians, bicyclists, and all who use the state’s transportation system.

The planning process began in March 2018. It is anticipated that the Plan will be finalized by the end of February 2019. Read the anticipated schedule of the planning process.

MDT will be hosting a series of public events. More information about the events

Your unique and insightful input is a valuable asset for the development of this plan. If you’d like to provide input please .

Fun Facts

Montana is ranked 5th in the nation for per capita spending on biking and walking, spending $7.17 per person!*

Montana is ranked 5th in the nation for percentage of commuters who bike or walk to work. 4.9% of Montanans walk for their commute, while 1.5% commute by bicycle.**

Montana’s public roads consist of 75,008 miles. 17.5% are the state highway system which carries 76% of the annual vehicle miles traveled!***

*Source: FHWA spending is based upon projects coded using any of three project types associated with bicycling and walking projects through the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)’s Fiscal Management Information System. To calculate per capita spending, a five-year average for fiscal years 2011-2016 and the 2015 5-year ACS state population estimate.

**Source: Alliance for Biking and Walking 2016 Benchmarking report.

***Source: 2016 MDT Factbook.