Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Boise Bicycle Project Gears Up for its Annual Christmas Kids Bike Giveaway

Posted By on Wed, Dec 17, 2014 at 10:04 AM

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“It’s like riding a bike” is an elegantly universal comparison. Bicycling is one of the world’s most common—and inexpensive—modes of transportation. According to Forbes, there were an estimated 133 million bikes built and sold to retailers worldwide in 2011. That’s more than twice as many bikes produced than cars, and a 500 percent increase from the mid-20th century.

But that comparison is still subject to factors like poverty, and of the 9,015 bikes built by Boise Bicycle Project, the nonprofit has given away about two-thirds of them through programs like the Christmas Kid’s Bike Giveaway, according to BBP Volunteer Coordinator Clint Watson. For the last seven years, BBP has built and given away 5,000-6,000 bikes to children in need, and this year, it will donate as many as 350 bikes as part of its Christmas Kid’s Bike Giveaway.

Beginning in early November, the Boise Bicycle Project workshop, where cyclists from across the community have learned to repair and maintain their bikes, becomes something of a Santa’s workshop, with two or three volunteers teaming up to refurbish secondhand bikes. BBP has open shop nights twice a week, and about 30 volunteers participate in bike builds. The bikes are then given a once-over by BBP staff and paired with applications submitted by children without bikes of their own.

“When we get these applications we have a picture of what [the kids] have in their minds. We go through the bikes we’ve prepared and do our best to match them up one-to-one. It may not be perfect but in their minds it looks pretty close. That’s kind of the magic of the program,” Watson said.

Last year, BBP gave away 318 bikes during the event, and Watson said that this year, BBP expects to surpass that number, since each year, the number of applications for giveaway bikes increases by 25-50.

The eighth annual Christmas Kid’s Bike Giveaway goes down at BBP headquarters from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 20. Email for more info, to refer a child or donate a bicycle.

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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Boise Cranksgiving Alleycat Race Will Get Food to Those In Need

Posted By on Tue, Nov 18, 2014 at 4:00 PM

Thanksgiving isn't complete without a couple of pilgrims on a tandem, according to Gracie Bingham, chief organizer of Boise's first-ever Cranksgiving—an alleycat race on Saturday, Nov. 22, in which cyclists track down food items to donate to families in need for Thanksgiving.

Bingham came up with the idea after looking around for cycling-oriented Thanksgiving events but finding nothing.

"Runners get their Turkey Trot," Bingham said. "I thought this would be a good way to raise food for less fortunate families."

Bingham is working with St. Vincent de Paul, which distributes more than 3,000 food boxes to needy families in the fall. Alleycat teams of five will need to gather the ingredients to fill a food box: potatoes, canned yams, a foil roasting pan and, of course, aturkey. 

In the spirit of alleycat racing, it's important to wear a costume, and be ready to drink some beer at the end of the race. Crooked Fence Barrelhouse is donating beer to everyone who crosses the finish line but unlike other alleycat races, this one doesn't center on bar-hopping.

"I wanted to stray away from it being alcohol-related," Bingham said. "I didn't want to cut anyone out."

Participants need to bring $10 and sign up here. 

The race starts at 1 p.m. from Camel's Back Park near the parking lot. As for the weather, Bingham isn't worried about it.

"People have ridden bikes in the snow before," she said. "We can make it happen."
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Tuesday, August 5, 2014

This Award-Winning Bike Design is Not Named After a Restaurant Chain

Posted By on Tue, Aug 5, 2014 at 2:50 PM

The Denny, winner of the Bike Design Project award. - OREGONMANIFEST.COM
  • The Denny, winner of the Bike Design Project award.

As cities like Boise improve their bicycle-friendly infrastructure, the demand for an affordable utility bike has increased. That's where the Bike Design Project comes into play. Making connections between bike designers and manufacturers, the project has assembled five teams from five cities to develop the urban bicycle of the future.

Teams from Chicago, New York City, Seattle and Portland, Ore., built prototypes of their designs before those designs were voted on by commuters from around the world. Aug. 5, a winner was announced: The Denny.

And no, it has nothing to do with the restaurant chain. The Denny, designed by Seattle designers and builders Teague and Sizemore Bicycle, features a removable handlebar lock system, automatic gear shifting, integrated storage, fenders, turn signals and electric power assist.

According to the project website, the Denny will be manufactured by Fuji Bikes, and will be available for sale on an undisclosed date.

SEA: TEAGUE X SIZEMORE BICYCLE'S DENNY from oregon manifest on Vimeo.

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Saturday, July 12, 2014

Twilight Criterium Rolls Into Boise Saturday

Posted By on Sat, Jul 12, 2014 at 8:00 AM


The Twilight Criterium, now in its 28th year, is coming to downtown Boise today.

The official opening ceremony takes place at 6:50 p.m.; the women's pro race starts at 7 p.m., the men's pro race begins at 8:15 p.m., and the awards ceremony is at 10 p.m.

At 1 p.m., registration begins for Kids Ride, which starts at 2:30 p.m. and features two-time Olympic gold medalist Kristin Armstrong. 

Road closures to accommodate the event are at Ninth Street between Jefferson and Grove streets, which will close at 11 a.m.; Bannock, Idaho, Grove and Main streets will close between Ninth and 10th streets at 1 p.m., 10th Street between Jefferson and Grove streets closes at 1 p.m. as well.
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Thursday, June 19, 2014

Need Something To Do Thursday?

Posted By on Thu, Jun 19, 2014 at 2:30 PM

Calling all cycling enthusiasts: Boise Bicycle Project and 10 Barrel Brewing are having a party in honor of bikes, biking and all the pleasure that comes along with it at the Pedal 4 The People kickoff party. 

Deviant Kin and Marshall Poole will be providing live music all night and Boise Bicycle Project will receive 100% of the proceeds of food and beer sales from 5-9 p.m. Bikers helping bikers - what a beautiful world it can be. 

6 p.m. FREE. 10 Barrel Brewing Co., 830 W. Bannock St., Boise,
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Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Need Something To Do Wednesday?

Posted By on Wed, May 21, 2014 at 1:49 PM

You may be a biking enthusiast or you may just be a casual rider. Either way, riding weather is here and you should take advantage of the opportunity to glide through the cool spring breeze en route to the grocery store, after which you will awkwardly carry your gallon of milk home with one hand. 

Join fellow riders at the Linen Building this evening for the Climbing Loop Group Ride. It is safe to presume you will ride in a loop with other people and it involves an elevation change. 

6 p.m. FREE. The Linen Building, 1402 W. Grove St., Boise, 208-385-0111,
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Friday, May 9, 2014

Video: Why the Idaho Stop May be Safer For Cyclists

Posted By on Fri, May 9, 2014 at 2:00 PM

Science writer and journalist Joseph Stromberg believes that bicycle commuters should follow a different set of rules from motorists. That's the kind of position that usually attracts spirited debate—and sometimes naked vitriol—from commenters online, many of whom worry that cyclists aren't obeying the law when they cross streets at red lights and blow through stop signs. 

That kind of behavior—treating stop signs like yield signs and red lights like stop signs—has long been a source of contention between riders and drivers, and in a Vox article posted today, Stromberg gives it a name: the Idaho Stop. 

Idaho began permitting the so-called Idaho Stop in 1982. That's when cyclist and Administrative Director of the Courts of Idaho Carl Bianchi attached the rolling stop rule to an overhaul of the state's traffic code. According to Stromberg, the Idaho Stop may be safer than a full stop for cyclists because they make bikers' actions on the road more predictable.

"Currently, when a bike and a car both pull up to a four-way stop, an awkward dance often ensues. Even when cars get there first, drivers often try to give bikers the right-of-way, perhaps because they think the cyclist is going to ride through anyway," Stromberg wrote.

According to public health researcher Jason Meggs, the law may be partly responsible for the fact that Boise has fewer bicycle-vs.-car accidents than other cities of comparable size and topography, with 30.5 percent fewer accidents per bike commuter than Sacramento, Calif., and 150 percent fewer than Bakersfield, Calif., where Idaho Stops are illegal.
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Boise Bike Week Begins Saturday

Posted By on Fri, May 9, 2014 at 11:11 AM

It's time to grease up your chain and inflate your tires: Boise Bike Week kicks off Saturday, May 10.

Tomorrow, rise and shine with the Neighborhood to Market Ride, during which riders depart from locations across town to their local Saturday markets. Departure locations include the Idaho Athletic Club in Garden City, Sunset Park in the North End, Java in Hyde Park, Roosevelt Market in the East End and others. Rides start at 10 a.m.

If you're an early bird, the Treasure Valley Cycling Alliance is hosting a bike corral at the Capital City Public Market on Eighth and Idaho streets. 

This week in Boise Weeklyreaders can learn about what's new for BBW this year and how infrastructural changes and a rash of bike-vs-car accidents that are drawing attention to bicycle safety this spring.
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Tuesday, May 6, 2014

COMPASS: Transportation Technology, May 8-9

Posted By on Tue, May 6, 2014 at 2:30 PM

Transportation, particularly the two- and four-wheel variety, has never sparked more conversation than controversy than in 2014.

Things changed rather quickly—quite literally overnight—when new buffered bike lanes recently appeared on Capitol Boulevard and Main and Idaho streets in Boise.

But none of this kind of rapid change happens in a vacuum; which is why we’re so intrigued by two upcoming presentations, sponsored by COMPASS, the Treasure Valley’s community planning association. Transportation guru Randy Knapick will help the public navigate through the tricky business of people-moving, with a particular focus on why technology is so integral in managing our transit systems.

The May 8 presentation will target a general audience, while the May 9 presentation is intended for community planners and project development specialists. Both sessions are free, but COMPASS requests RSVPs.

The Future of Transportation Technology in the Treasure ValleyThursday, May 8, 6 p.m. FREE.; Achieving the Vision in the Treasure Valley - Friday, May 9, 9 a.m. COMPASS, 700 N.E. 2nd St., Meridian, 208-475-2230, 


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Friday, December 13, 2013

Need Something To Do Friday?

Posted By on Fri, Dec 13, 2013 at 12:15 PM

Boise is a bike-conscious city, but riders can never take too many precautions. 

The Idaho Pedestrian and Bicycle Alliance encourages you to join them for a rally on the Statehouse steps that is meant to inform riders how to properly protect themselves on the road in an effort to make everyone a little bit safer. Come meet fellow two-wheelers and snag a bike light if you need one.

7 p.m. FREE. Statehouse steps, Jefferson St., Boise,
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