Transportation

Photo by Ben Stolin

Photo by Ben Stolin

No Car, No Problem

The realities of paying for college can make your feet the only viable mode of transportation. Worry not—we’re full of ideas on how to get around without the high-school jalopy you had at home.

Bike

Bozeman’s “Complete Streets” program aims to make streets more accessible to bikers and ultimately safer for everyone. Check Craigslist for a used ride, or visit one of Bozeman’s renowned bike shops. Scroll down to the bottom for Bozeman’s bike laws.

Bus

The free Streamline bus system (that’s right, free) can take you anywhere in town as well as Belgrade, Four Corners, and Livingston. Busses start at the SUB around 7:30am on weekdays and carry on late into the night Thursday through Saturday. Visit streamlinebus.com for specific routes and times.

Carpool

Carpooling isn’t just convenient, it’s economical. It’s also highly recommended on weekend at Bridger Bowl. Just be sure to kick in for gas, or your buddies won’t be buddies for long.

Foot

The Main Street to the Mountains trail system connects Bozeman’s neighborhoods and trails, meaning you can walk or ride through town, along the edge of campus, and into the mountains. Maps are available at select locations around town for $2.

 

BenStolin_headlampcycle

Bozeman Bike Laws

Bicycles are everywhere in Bozeman, but before you ride, remember these tidbits to stay safe and avoid being an inadvertent asshole.

You’re traffic, not a pedestrian. You must follow all the same laws as cars, including traffic stops and rights-of-way—and not just when they’re convenient. The only time you have pedestrian rights is when you get off and push on the sidewalk or crosswalk.

Right is right. Ride as near to the right side of the roadway as possible except when overtaking another vehicle, preparing to tun left, of to avoid hazards.

Ride one abreast. Always ride single-file. Period.

Signal your intentions. These are accepted arms signals for turning, stopping, and other basic actions. Learn them. Use them.

Hands on the handlebars. You can be cited for texting or talking without a hands-free device while on your bike.

BUI is BS. Contrary to myth, you can’t be cited for a DUI on a bicycle. If you’re intoxicated, though, ride slowly and carefully. Better yet, get off and walk your bike.

Protect you lid. You’re not legally required to wear a safety helmet, but you’re paying a lot for your education, so it’s a good idea.

Student Life, Outdoor Advice