Boise Weekly: Thank you for representing concerned cyclists in Ada County in the past several years in reporting on bike infrastructure. However, Boise is a Bronze Minus as best, with a string of bicycle fatalities.
Is The City of Boise or Ada County actually considering safety in their infrastructure planning?
There has been a recent study in Ada County and the City of Boise that may influence the safety aspect of the recent League of American Bicyclists rankings. Up until now there has been very little (if any) analysis of the bicycle accidents in relation to bike infrastructure done by these governing agencies. Within this crash data there is significant evidence that the infrastructure in Ada County and the City of Boise are simply political window dressing doing little to improve public safety.
IMO, our community is still severely lacking in any formal effort at "rider education" (although Boise Bicycle Project is making a valiant effort to fill the gap). And "enforcement of bicycle-friendly laws" is essentially nil. Unless it has recently changed under the direction of Chief Bones, the stated position of the Boise Police Department is, "Bicycle violations are not a priority for the Department." They are happy to ignore the bicycle component of our community transportation, unless an accident is involved.
But, perhaps the recognition as a "Silver City" will be a motivator to make things better.
(The infrastructure and "culture" keep getting better.)
Great stuff! Way to go, Boise!
OH LGM1 it's people like you that have helped take the charm out of Boise!
Yahoo! Thanks to the mayor, the city of Boise, BBP and all of the other bike orgs., and the ACHD!
Man this is awesome news! The Downtown needs MORE resources. To hell with the actual neighborhoods in Boise. Bench residents, build your own damn parks!
It is big business, and that is why the players and support staff should be paid!!!
@ A M Donovan...have you ever ridden a bicycle, especially on some of the roads in Boise? It would certainly help if this city, and the residents who have houses, could take action to control and eradicate the plethora of goatheads/puncture vines that proliferate on the sidewalks and barrow pits around the city. Sometimes riding in the lane is the ONLY way to avoid a tire full of thorns and a flat tire.
It's sad when common sense needs to be 'legislated'. But with so many selfish, witless, and clueless drivers (and cyclists) on the roads we sadly need to clarify rules that everyone should already practice.
In regards to the six months jail and/or thousand dollar fine for reckless bicycling...that may be extreme, in my opinion. Why would a bicyclist need jail time? How often does a cyclist cause a fatality when hitting a car(other than their own)?
FINALLY MORE LAWS THAT DRIVERS IGNORE AND BOISE POLICE FAILS TO ENFORCE.
College football being big business isn't news. If it is a problem, what is the proposed solution and how will it solve the problem?
Congratulations Sara! The city is lucky to have an open space director who has a passion for preserving our precious foothills.
Confucius say, "Girl who ride bicycle, peddle ass all over town."
thats a lot of bike riding
I haven't liked Natl Monument or Park designation for de facto wilderness, because it often brings about rampant strip malling and commercialization of the surrounding 'gateways.' I prefer the Stanley Basin without big hotels and RV parks and summer crowds.
But all the talk from Idaho politicians of grabbing our federal lands, combined with the dilution of the already watered-down wilderness bills, and I'm ready to take the faustian bargain that the 591 thousand acres gains Monument status.
So sign that proposal, Mr. President!
These guys are beating a dead horse. They've been at it for 2 years now, and have no more supporters now than they had in the first month. The Wilderness Bills (CIEDRA, and it's current version SNRA+) provide the highest level of protection possible to the core, alpine areas, while preserving traditional uses in areas that can withstand them.
The Wilderness Bill currently before Congress has been crafted through years of public meetings and transparent compromises, and is now supported by the County Commissioners in BOTH Blaine and Custer Counties, as well as real environmentalists (as opposed to these guys, who are paid lobbyists for the recreation equipment and industrial tourism industries).
Please do not be deceived by these charlatans. Wilderness designation by Congress is what this beautiful area deserves - nothing less - and certainly should not be left to the closed-door deals of these types in a National Monument fiasco.
Tami, after reading your comments I realized I know who you are. When writing a comment you should tell the truth. What in the world are you doing there in the middle of the night? Rats? No! You don't work. This is about Rhoads Scatepark, not about you.
"Recreationists." Now there is a stupid euphemism if I ever saw one. "Selfish destroyers of Nature" would be a more accurate description. Idaho still has natural lands, even wildnerness. Let's protect these places from the people who can't find joy and rejuvination in it without the use of expensive, destructinve equipment, especially the kind with wheels. And, oh, Mr. Flynn, the gray hairs will come sooner than you think. Idaho does not need your condescension.
Never fear! Idaho River Sports will continue to be open year around from our location next to Quinn's Pond! We've been assured we will have access and the Boise River Park is a short trip across Quinn's Pond. Parking at the store will be for customers only, but feel free to contact us with any questions as well. Thanks!
It is a great location for a skate park--a redesigned and built world class facility will be fantastic! As for the homeless, when the funding for psychiatric care, half-way houses and support services to help the mentally ill and destitute was eliminated, the only logical conclusion was that they'd end up in the street. The bridge is the closest "shelter" to remaining homeless services. We need to address the needs of the working homeless, jobless and mentally ill as well.
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