Walking and bicycling improves health, reduces your transportation costs, facilitates unplanned social encounters, provides an improved sense of neighborhood unity and fosters environmental conservation.
Bicycles are especially efficient for trips of three miles or less and the League of American Bicyclists has rated the City as a "Bronze" level Bicycle Friendly Community for ten years! City Council passed a Complete Streets Policy in 2011 and added a checklist in spring 2016.
Residents have the opportunity to provide input on bicycle and pedestrian issues during Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BPAC) meetings. BPAC is made up of Billings and Yellowstone County residents appointed by the City Council, County Commissioners, and Planning Board. The Committee meets 11 times per year, generally on the 4th Tuesday of the month at 11:30 a.m. in the 1st-floor conference room of the Miller Building, 2825 3rd Ave. North, Billings, MT, 59101. Click here for more information. Comments can also be submitted online through the Road and Street Problems RequestTracker form. Under type of problem, be sure to check "Pedestrian or Bicycle Related Problem to have your concern routed to the Active Transportation Planner and BPAC. Please note you will need an account on the City's website.
Benefits Saves Money: You could save a bundle on car insurance by switching to a bicycle. This tool can help estimate your transportation costs.
Safer Streets: Communities with higher rates of walking and bicycling tend to have lower crash rates for all travel modes.
Economic Growth: The most crucial competitive factor for cities is people. Public pedestrian space gives a city the quality to retain great people.
Environmental Conservation: Leaving the car at home is climate action through reduced vehicle emissions, less sprawl.
Health: Walking and bicycling where you need to go is a great way to get low intensity exercise and it helps keep the air clean for happy lungs.
Safer Neighborhoods: The presence of people creates safer places with natural surveillance, "eyes on the street".
Social Interaction: Walking and bicycling around the city provides increased opportunities for “serendipitous interactions” with people.
Fewer Cars: Riding a bicycle or walking takes a car off the road. This reduces the demand on public infrastructure and traffic congestion.