City, stakeholders look for ways to support travel beyond cars

Common Good Missoula members Kate Wilburn and Arthur Endsley have heard harrowing stories of bikers, walkers and wheelchair users trying to navigate Missoula streets.

One pregnant woman in Franklin to the Fort slipped on an icy road where there were no sidewalks and required major surgery just one month before delivery. Another Franklin to the Fort neighbor was allegedly walking with her young child when a vehicle hit their stroller. Still another Missoulian, this one a seasoned cyclist on the Northside, apparently had to bail out when a bus nearly hit his bike. The biker broke both wrists, Wilburn said.

An overhead view of the Franklin to the Fort neighborhood. Common Good Missoula is looking for ways to decrease perilous encounters between pedestrians and bicyclists with neighborways, a network of infrastructure-adjusted streets meant to provide a safer and more cost-effective alternative to the city’s current system.

BEN ALLAN SMITH, Missoulian

Wilburn and Endsley believe their organization has a potential solution to decrease these perilous encounters. The idea is neighborways, a network of infrastructure-adjusted streets meant to provide a safer and more

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