Need to attend a meeting on campus? Need lunch from Town and Country? Need to run an errand downtown? Need some exercise and fresh air? Hop on a WTI BikeShare bike! The five bike fleet can be found on the bike racks below the WTI building and they are marked with yellow tape or WTI signage. No need to sign them out – just return to the WTI building bike rack. Helmets, pumps, or other tools are available on the 3rd floor if you need them (contact Taylor Lonsdale ex. 7031). Take a break from sitting at your desk and go ride a bike!
The Helena Independent Record included quotes in Sunday’s edition from WTI’s David Kack in “More and more Montanans depending on rural public transit.” The article highlights the vital role public transit plays in improving access to employment and medical facilities for those who live in rural areas of the state.
Special thanks to Taylor Lonsdale who assisted Case Managers at the Human Resources Development Council (HRDC) and the Bike Kitchen with a Road Etiquette and Bike Safety Workshop for youth in Bozeman last week. The workshop sessions included bike safety, bike maintenance and repair, and a trip down the local city trails. Some of the youth participants were awarded free bikes for attending the workshop.
The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) has selected a WTI project as one of its national “Sweet Sixteen” High Value Research Projects. WTI researchers Ning Xie, Natalie Villwock-Witte, and Laura Fay led a project for the New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) entitled “Optimization of Elastic Polymer Modification Rates Based on Contemporary Relative Costs vs. Benefits,” which looked at the costs and benefits of the use of polymer modified binders for asphalt pavements. After analyzing various scenarios for NMDOT, the research team recommended revised formulations and binder specifications that have the potential to extend the life of plus grade asphalt pavements by more than 20%. AASHTO has invited representatives of each of the 16 High Value Research Projects to present their findings at the AASHTO Annual Meeting. For more information, the final project report is available here (PDF).
The Small Urban and Rural Livability Center (SURLC) at WTI will sponsor and host a “Green Drinks” event on Wednesday, July 20, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 in the WTI Classroom. These events allow various organizations from the Bozeman area to connect with others about social, economic, and environmental sustainability issues and initiatives. Beverages and snacks will be provided (but please bring your own reusable cup, mug or glass!). Please contact Rebecca Gleason (Rebecca.Gleason1@montana.edu) if you are interested in attending or making a brief presentation about work in your program area. More information about the Green Drinks program is available at http://greendrinksbozeman.org/
A recently published WIRED on-line article, “Cash-Strapped Towns are Un-Paving Roads they Can’t afford to Fix,” includes a quote from WTI’s Laura Fay. It also references an NCHRP report Fay contributed to, which highlights the growing trend of unpaving roads due to lack of infrastructure maintenance funds. Visit Wired for the full article.
Tony Clevenger was invited by Juan Carlos Bravo of the Wildlands Network Mexico to present on Sustainable Highways at a Road Congress of more than 1,000 transportation engineers in Puerto Vallarta, Mexcio, July 6-8, 2016. The Mexican Minister of Transportation and Environment attended and gave presentations. Tony and Juan Carlos were approached by the head of Environmental Assessments for the Ministry of Transportation regarding WTI and Wildlands Network Mexico’s possible involvement as independent reviewers for highway project assessments done in wildlife sensitive areas.
The Journal of Materials in Civil Engineering has published a recent publication on recycled pavement materials, authored by Ning Xie and colleagues:
Xie, N., Shi, X., Dang, Y., and Pace, A. (2015). “Upcycling of Waste Materials: Green Binder Prepared with Pure Coal Fly Ash.” Journal of Materials in Civil Engineering, 10.1061/(ASCE)MT.1943-5533.0001414, 04015138.
Read the full article here.
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