Billings TrailNet

A nonprofit organization designed to help efforts to create and maintain trails in and around Billings’ communities 

 

BikeNet is a nonprofit, 501 c 3 organization whose mission is to promote a complete, community-wide trail system. To date, BikeNet has raised more than $350,000 from our signature event called Ales for Trails- a fun, lively brewfest with more than 50 local and regional microbrews, wine and local music.  Billings now has more than 37 miles of multi-use trails for people to walk, ride, run or skate.  Since 2003, BikeNet has contributed to the construction of these projects and continues its fundraising and advocacy activities to connect and develop our trail system.

trail riders

Many of the trail projects in Yellowstone County have used Community Transportation Enhancement Program (CTEP) or other governmental funding sources that require a community match. BikeNet fills a critical role by providing some of the non-federal match needed. Since 2003, community match funds through BikeNet total just over $206,000 for nine trail projects. By providing matching funds for these projects our community has been able to build more than $3.3 million worth of multi-use trails. 
People having fun at Ales for Trails in Billings
Here’s a photo from last year’s Ales for Trails event.
We fund trail projects with money we earn from:
  • Ales for Trails- sponsorships and ticket sales
  • Donations
  • Endowments
  • Memberships
We work with planning agencies:
  • City Council, County Commission
  • City Planning
  • Healthy by Design
  • RiverStone Health
  • Billings Livability Partnership
  • Chamber Trails Committee
  • Safe Routes to School
We educate, promote and increase the use of trails by:
  • Distributing maps of the trails
  • Organizing trail tours
  • Helping to connect pedestrians and bicyclists with groups who use the trail system
  • Participating in Bike to Work/School Week, Get Outside Montana and Trail Trek
  • Attending health events and presenting to organizations
  • Participating in the Trail Census
We belong to several advocacy organizations which help fulfill our mission on a state or national level:
  • The Alliance for Biking and Walking
  • Bike Walk Montana
  • League of American Bicyclists
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Please consider joining us! You can become a member of BikeNet by following this link: http://bit.ly/XhZnBx 

You’re invited to Ales for Trails, called “the best party in Billings!” Sponsorships are now being accepted (online at http://bit.ly/XX6q42), and guests are welcome to buy tickets on the BikeNet website, at the Base Camp, or any Billings area bike shop. Tickets go on sale September 1.

You can learn more about BikeNet and our programs by visiting our website at:
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