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Bike Walk Bus Week in Missoula

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Sustainable transportation is already pretty popular in Missoula, but the annual Bike Walk Bus Week is designed to entice even more Missoula residents to try using alternative methods of getting around.

The week is packed full of events, seminars, activities and incentives (read: free stuff!) aimed at promoting sustainable transportation. You can visit the Bike Walk and Bus Missoula website for a full list of happenings. Here are some of the highlights:

All week long: Ride free on any Mountain Line bus. Find out why so many people opt to reduce emissions and energy use while letting others do the driving.

All week long: Grab a free Blue Bike at Currents Aquatic Center in McCormick Park and take it for a spin downtown or along the Kim Williams Trail.

All week long: Bike, walk or bus to A Carousel for Missoula and receive one free carousel ride per day.

May 1: Receive a free coffee and mini-scone when you bike, walk or bus to Le Petit Outre; Free admission to the Families First Children’s Museum will be offered to anyone who bikes, walks or buses; Kids — decorate your bike and head to Paxon School from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. for the Paxon Bike Rodeo.

May 2: Bike, walk or bus to Great Harvest for a free cinnamon swirl roll; The first 76 people to bike, walk or bus to Adventure Cycling will receive free water bottles; At high noon, bicyclists and drivers will race to see who will be the first to complete a list of errands in downtown Missoula during the 12th annual Pedal vs. Metal Challenge.

May 3: Bagels on Broadway will provide free bagels and juice to those who bike, walk or bus to the shop between 7 a.m. and 9 a.m.; The first 30 people to bike, walk or bus to Flathead Lake Brewing Company will receive a free growler.

May 4: The University of Montana will conclude its Walk N Roll week raffle incentive program with a drawing for more than 100 prizes at noon in front of the library. Be sure to bike, walk or bus to campus during the week to earn raffle tickets!

Brooke is a 2010 graduate of The University of Montana, where she ran track and cross country for the Grizzlies. She is currently working as a writer and editor in Missoula.

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