Bikes, Bad Trails and Boosters 

New bike/pedestrian group hosts brainstorming

Look, Ma. The new track is opening soon.

Laurie Pearman

Look, Ma. The new track is opening soon.

The May 11 edition of Boise Weekly was all about bikes but there's more.

A new organization of cyclists is looking to step up and act as a unified voice for all fans of non-motorized transportation, be it on foot or two wheels.

The Idaho Pedestrian and Bicycle Alliance is in the foundation-building phase, but organizers hope to channel the ideas and energy of cyclists to create a group to focus on broader bicycling issues in the community. The group will hold its first organizational meeting Tuesday, May 24, at the Boise Watercooler (1405 W. Idaho St.). The event will start at 5 p.m. with a social hour, followed by a brainstorming session to hammer out the focus and identity of the new group. For more information, check out the IPBA website at idahobikeped.org.

Speaking of bikes, the Eagle Bike Park's new BMX track will have its official opening on Saturday, June 4. And how better to celebrate a new bike playground than with a race? Events will run from 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. with an entry fee of $20. The event will benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of America. For more info, go to eaglebikepark.org.

Of course, some people prefer horsepower to pedal power, in which case the Mountain Home Ranger District has reopened the trails in the Danskin Mountain Off-Highway Vehicle Area of the Boise National Forest. The trails had been closed to protect them from damage caused by use when conditions where particularly wet and sloppy.

The area--about 29 miles from Boise--includes roughly 160 miles of trails for motorized use. Forest officials warn that there are still pockets of snow, the streams are running high, and there are assorted other road hazards as well. For more information or maps, contact the Mountain Home Ranger District at 208-587-7961 or visit fs.usda.gov/boise.

Finally, since it seems like summer might actually show up, it's time to start thinking about summer sports--specifically, the boys of summer and whether you're willing to open your home to one.

The Boise Hawks Booster Club is looking for families who would be willing to host a Hawks player for the summer season. Host families give first-year players a home base and a family atmosphere when they're in town for games. Players arrive in mid-June and the season runs through Sept. 3.

To find out more, contact Judy Pierce at 208-850-6741 or email clpjap2@yahoo.com.

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