If you or someone you know is in need of a bicycle to get around Red Lodge, for employment, exercise or maintaining health goals, contact Les Hedquist, BRTA Board member, at 406-425-3804. Les will arrange for you to obtain a refurbished bicycle in good working order, free of charge.
Look for the available bicycles on display in the window of the McCampbell Building at Broadway Avenue and 10th Street
The goals of the BRTA Community Bicycle Program are to support our mission of human powered transportation and to support the Red Lodge Active Transportation Plan that seeks to develop a healthy, active, lifestyle.
These bicycles are free to person of any age. We prefer that only those in need make a request. You will be required to sign a waiver of liability. Bicycles received by minors must be claimed and signed for by a legal guardian.
These bicycles have been provided courtesy of the City of Red Lodge Police Department and donations, and have been refurbished by the Spoke Wrench in Red Lodge.
The Beartooth Billings Clinic has partnered with the BRTA to offer quality, affordable ASTM 2040 certified helmets, free to those who participated through the BRTA. A helmet will be ordered for you when you receive a bicycle throughout the Community Bicycle Program. The helmet program is made possible by Trauma Services and the Beartooth Billings Clinic Foundation.
Check out new trails in Red Lodge: Coal Miners Park has some fun switchbacks and rollers on the hill that connect to the trail along Rock Creek behind the Wildlife Sanctuary. Access from Beartooth Lane, or from 5th Street at the end of the high school track/football field, or take 2nd Street to the Yellowstone Wildlife Sanctuary parking lot.
Another new addition in 2016 is a short loop at the south end of Rotary Park. Access along Park Avenue at the big parking area. All kid friendly, biker fun, and great walking settings.
Always check out Pedal United’s Facebook Page for updates, events, volunteer projects, etc.
And be sure to stop by Red Lodge’s new bike repair shop, THE SPOKE WRENCH, where Andy Baronovich will provide you with great, professional service and expert advice for all your biking interests. He might even find you your dream bike! 412 N. Broadway (Old Town Square), 406-446-0336.
The BRTA has installed almost 50 bike racks in the downtown area to improve the pedestrian environment and encourage non-motorized travel for a healthy central business district. The design of the racks are both the single inverted-U and the multiple inverted-U braced together, the standard and most secure type of rack. Siting and design of the racks are done mutually between the BRTA and the organization, insuring that adequate clearances, including ADA, are maintained. Construction and installation of the racks is done by Back Alley Metals. The BRTA has an encroachment permit from the Montana Department of Transportation to install racks on Broadway Avenue in downtown Red Lodge.
Call Bill Foisy at 426-0550 if you are interested in a rack.
Racks at the Post Office being used to full potential, four-unit rack under construction at the Middle School and rack at the Arts Guild.
The bicycle racks have been funded from both the BRTA budget and from a Community Transportation Enhancement Program grant from the Montana Department of Transportation through the Carbon County Commission. Look for racks at the following locations:
Carbon County Arts Guild
Yellowstone Wildlife Sanctuary
Red Lodge Post Office
Red Lodge Pizza Company
Kids Corner/Dance Studio
Red Lodge Civic Center
Red Lodge Community Pool
Red Lodge Carnegie Library
Red Lodge Chamber/Visitors Center
Mountain View Elementary School
Roosevelt Middle School
Field School Park
Coal Miner’s Park
Carbon County News
Racks are on the way at the Red Lodge Community Foundation and the Bakery.
The BRTA partners with Bike Walk Montana concerning the adequate accommodation of bicyclists and pedestrians in the design of transportation facilities. Federal Highway Administration guidance states it is “a presumption that bicyclists and pedestrians be accommodated in the design of new and improved transportation facilities. In the planning, design and operation of transportation facilities, bicyclists and pedestrians should be included as a matter of routine, and the decision not to accommodate them should be the exception rather than the rule. There must be exceptional circumstances for denying bicycle and pedestrian access by prohibition or by designing highways that are incompatible with safe, convenient walking and bicycling.”
The latest proposed highway project with unresolved issues regarding accommodation of bicyclists and pedestrians is the following:
Highway 212 Project, Robinson Drive to Two Mile Bridge Road; comments were due Sept. 12
MDT Comment Form
Proposed Design (Typical Section)
Talking Points for Your Comments
The BRTA has also provided comments on the following proposed Highway projects in the Red Lodge Area. Click on the project link to see information including redo`lution of some of these issues by the sponsoring organization:
Highway 78, Red Lodge
Highway 78 Rumble Strips
West Fork Road, Red Lodge/Carbon County
19th Street Bridge, Red Lodge