Congress on Two Wheels 

Thanks to the efforts of bike-crazy students and faculty at Boise State, the Boise Bicycle Congress is arguably more effective than the actual Congress in Washington, D.C. At least, they don't need someone with a gavel to help them agree. Their goal: promote commuting by bicycle as a part of a healthy life. For the last couple of years, they've gathered to keep asking an unanswered question: "How can our transportation systems best incorporate the bicycle—a non-polluting, healthful mode of travel? How can we foster communities whose citizens ride their bikes?"

This year, they'll be gathering just as the Ada County Highway District completes its "Roadways to Bikeways" master plan.

As in past years, the fourth Bicycle Congress will feature presentations by invited researchers. Peter Furth, professor of engineering at Northeastern University, has been studying design criteria to help people overcome the stresses of cycling in city traffic. Jose Weissmann, professor of engineering at the University of Texas at San Antonio, has developed software to assist the Texas Department of Transportation in determining bicycle accommodation priorities for rural roads. Joining professors Furth and Weissmann will be a panel of distinguished local guests. The event begins Friday, April 25 at 8 a.m. in Boise State's Bishop Barnwell Room in the Student Union Building. For more information click on

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