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Benjamin Courteau, director of ASUM Office of Transportation, 406-243-4599, benjamin.courteau@mso.umt.edu .

ASUM Provides Bicycle Pumps, Encourages Safe Winter Riding

Jan. 23, 2013

MISSOULA –

New this year, the Associated Students of The University of Montana Office of Transportation are providing campus cyclists with two manual air pumps, which have been installed outside the University Center.

One is mounted on the bike racks outside the west entrance. The other is mounted on the bike racks outside the UM Bookstore entrance, near the yellow Cruiser Co-op bikes.

These pumps replace an old compressor pump that was located at the Bike Hub in the parking garage. The compressor continually broke down, and the location was out of the way for most students. The new pumps are designed to endure heavy use and are placed in easier-to-access locations.

ASUM Office of Transportation encourages bicyclists to use Missoula’s plowed trails and practice safe winter riding by following these tips:

  • Use fenders,
  • Always use lights when riding at night,
  • Consider using studded tires,
  • Keep your chain well-lubed,
  • Wear a helmet,
  • Don’t lean into turns,
  • Dress warmly and wear gloves. 

ASUM bus service runs when classes are in session and will return at the start of spring semester on Jan. 28. Routes and schedules will be the same as autumn semester 2012. The former COT Shuttle is now known as the Missoula College Shuttle, reflecting the college’s new name.

Daytime routes run every 10-15 minutes between 7:25 a.m. and 7 p.m. depending on route. Nighttime service runs from 7 p.m. to midnight Monday-Wednesday and 7 p.m. to 2:25 a.m. Thursday-Saturday. There is no bus service on Sunday.

Missoula’s citywide bus system, Mountain Line, runs three routes to campus: Route 1 (BOLT) runs every 15 minutes from Southgate Mall, UM and downtown; Route 8 runs between Community Hospital and UM via Fifth and Sixth streets; and Route 12 runs between the South Hills, Lewis and Clark, UM and downtown. All griz-card holders ride the Mountain Line buses for free by showing their card.

For more information on biking, walking, busing or carpooling to UM, visit the ASUM Office located in University Center Suite 105, call Benjamin Courteau, director of ASUM’s Office of Transportation, at 406-243-4599 or email benjamin.courteau@mso.umt.edu.

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