about us

Our mission is to promote a complete, community-wide trail system

vision:

Billings area as a premier community for healthy lifestyles and active transportation where biking and walking are safe and an integral part of everyday activity.

Billings Trailnet, (formerly BikeNet) is a non-profit, 501c3, grass-roots organization that supports urban trails in and around the Billings community. Our organizaion increases awareness and encourages use of the trails in our community, and raises monty to use as matching funds for trails.  

Goals:

Increase amount and connectivity of trails and bikeways.

Advocate the value of trails to the community.

Promote increased use of trails and an active lifestyle.

Develop and encourage community collaboration on active transportation.

Support maintenance of trails system.

Grow Billings TrailNet’s identity.

Develop and expand the organization.

our work

It’s hard to believe, but there is no public funding for trails. Unlike streets and sidewalks which are simply built in to a city, most trails in Billings are not provided by taxpayer dollars. If we don’t have money for trails, we don’t get connections to neighborhoods, parks, or businesses.  

Since 2002, Billings TrailNet has raised more than $1M to promote trails in Billings, and has given the city more than $530,000 for trails.

Most 10 foot-wide multiuse paved trails cost approximately $350,000 per mile to build. But the Skyline Trail is more like $1 million per mile because of its unique topographical features. There are three coulees to traverse, which require expensive retaining walls on either side of the trail, and pedestrian guardrails for safety.

…but this trail would change life in Billings for so many, and our residents want it*…

*based on support from The Billings Chamber of Commerce, Big Sky Economic Development, LIFTT, the Billings Rotary, our area hospitals and health department, trail user groups, and a feasibility study done by Billings City/County Planning and adopted by City Council.

Miles of Trails

Members in 2020

Dollars Invested in Trails by Billings TrailNet

our team

Kristi Drake, Executive Director

Kristi Drake was appointed as Billings TrailNet’s first executive director in November 2012.

Kristi has enjoyed commuting on her bike to work for years, and has enjoyed the active lifestyle the Billings trails and terrain have to offer since she moved here with her family in 2008.

Kristi is a certified as a cycling instructor with the League of American Bicyclists.  She is vice chair of Billings’ Bicycle Pedestrian Advisory Committee, is past board chair of the Billings Chamber of Commerce Trails Committee, and is a member of Billings Downtown Rotary.

Kristi served on Billings TrailNet’s board of directors from 2009-2011 and coordinated Ales for Trails for many years. Kristi has a master’s degree in public relations and also enjoys hiking, backpacking and international travel.

Lynn Harper, Program Coordinator

Lynn Harper was hired at Billings TrailNet in the spring of 2017, but has been an active member for years. She appears in our “Take the Hi Road” campaign ads as the bicyclist in yellow, making her way down 6th Avenue North and signaling properly!

As Program Coordinator, Lynn is in charge of our membership programs, volunteers and events.

Contact Lynn via email, or call 406-281-1244

Photo Credit: Billings Gazette

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