Tuesday, September 20, 2016

"Centennial Trail Celebration Ride" Tonight in Helena! Family friendly shuttle from Montana Wild at 5:30pm, bike ride starts at 6pm!

Centennail West Now Open!
Friends of Centennial Trail
Pictures from Centennial Trail West Kick-Off October 16, 2015, more details here.

A project of Prickly Pear Land Trust

Helena, Montana

Centennial Trail Celebration Ride

For Immediate Release:

Join other Helena-area bicyclists on September 20, and celebrate the paving of several

segments of Helena’s Centennial Trail by cycling from its current beginning, immediately

northwest of Walmart, to its present western terminus at Montana Wild. A ribbon-cutting, a

delicious Big Dipper ice cream cone, and a free public showing of the film, Inspired to Ride,

follows. Everyone is welcome.

Here are the details:

The Centennial Trail Celebration Ride date is Sept 20, beginning at 6 pm. Anyone able

to cycle five miles at a moderate-to- relaxed pace (5-10 mph) is welcome to join the ride. The

ride should take about an hour. The trail travels along car-free paths and city streets. In places

the path is graveled; most road-, town-, or mountain-bike riders should be able to comfortably

negotiate the (few) uncompleted rougher sections of the trail.

Cyclists begin the ride at 6 pm at the corner of Billings and Blaine (NW of Walmart). For

those who wish to leave a car at Montana Wild, the ride’s finish, the Trail Rider Shuttle, Bike
 Directions to Montana Wild
Helena's bus and bike-trailer, will leave Montana Wild at 5:30 pm for the ride’s start-point near

Walmart. There’s room for about 30 riders on the shuttle.

After the ride, and after ice cream, cyclists are encouraged to stay and enjoy the

exciting, inspirational movie, Inspired to Ride. This family-friendly, 1 hour 28 minute long feature

film was released in 2015. It follows 45 cyclists competing in the first Trans Am Bike Race, a

self-supported sprint beginning in Astoria (OR) and ending in Yorktown (PA). This free showing

is in conjunction with the Helena Bicycle Club’s September meeting.


The Friends of Centennial Trail is a project of Prickly Pear Land Trust. FOCT supports

the design, construction, completion, and ongoing maintenance of Helena’s backbone non-

motorized trail, an east ̶ west pathway for walkers, runners, and bicyclists of all ages and



[Press Release from Friends of Centennial Trail; images from earlier post on this blog or taken by author]

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Running to Serve Lewis & Clark County!


I am pleased to announce that I am seeking the opportunity to serve our greater community as a Lewis and Clark County Commissioner. I will be filing as a Democrat and formally launching my campaign in the coming weeks.

Most of all, I look forward to visiting with residents from all of Lewis and Clark County to hear your ideas and concerns during the campaign. Some critical issues for our County include ensuring continued Payment(s) in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) for public lands, maintaining infrastructure, and responsibly addressing the challenges and opportunities of growth. I look forward to supporting continued improvements to mental health and pretrial services to help address safety and overcrowding at the jail.

Please fill out this form or visit the campaign site at MattE4LCC.com to receive further updates or to share your questions and comments. 

Thank you very much!


Matt E

Matthew Elsaesser
Helena, MT