More Spokes in Boise Bike Week's Wheels 

At this morning's Boise Bike Week commuter kick-off, Treasure Valley Cycling Alliance President Lisa Brady was a little surprised by how many people biked over. 

"We had a lot more folks show up than in the past," she told Boise Weekly. "Nurses, doctors, engineers, city folks, the random folks that show up to every bike event in this town." 

She estimated at least 50 people checked in, picking up their Boise Bike Week T-shirts for $20. This year, the shirts are reflective on the front and the back. Brady said people pedaled up around 6:15 a.m. and the last of them rode away a few minutes after 8:30 a.m.

Boise Bike Week has officially begun.

Every day this week will be packed with bicycle-friendly activities including a Dirt Dolls Mountain Bike Ride this evening at Camel's Back Park, a Ride-Around-Town starting at the same time from Highlands Hollow Brewhouse, educational classes, BMX racing, a bike-in movie screened at Saint Lawrence Gridiron, and the annual pedal power parade and block party, this year at Boise Brewing.

For the 12th annual Boise Bike Week, Brady said a few brand new events have been added. This year, Vivid Roots—an apparel company based in Boise that donates proceeds to global clean water initiatives—is hosting a Clean Water Ride along the Boise River. Beginning at Ann Morrison Park, the ride will follow the Greenbelt to Lucky 13, exploring the watershed and our use of water from the river.

Another new event this year is called Bike Packing for Normal People. Put on by Bike Touring News, it'll teach a clinic on how to pack a bike for an overnight camping trip held at Catalpa Park.

Since Boise Bike Week runs in conjunction with Craft Beer Week, the Craft Beer Safari also kicks off tonight at Highlands Hollow. Cyclists can pick up a punch card to 12 different breweries that features deals like $1-off beers around the city.

click to enlarge The Treasure Valley Cycling Alliance held a Ride of Silence in October 2013 after cyclist Victor Haskells a vehicle struck and killed him as he biked along State Street. - HARRISON BERRY
  • Harrison Berry
  • The Treasure Valley Cycling Alliance held a Ride of Silence in October 2013 after cyclist Victor Haskells a vehicle struck and killed him as he biked along State Street.
The week's events also include classes on navigating traffic, a bike rodeo to teach new skills to riders and an adaptive bike fair. The bike fair will take place at Fort Boise Community Center on Thursday, May 14 at 5 p.m., allowing ordinary cyclists to try their hands at adaptive bikes such as hand-pedaled bikes, recumbent bikes, and three- and four-wheeled bikes.

"It's a good way to put yourself in someone else's shoes," Brady said. "Or, put your feet in someone else's pedals."

A full schedule of events can be found here. Check back for new events to be added as well.

To finish Boise Bike Week, the Treasure Valley Cycling Alliance will lead a Ride of Silence on Wednesday, May 20 at 7 p.m., leaving from Camel's Back Park. The ride honors any cyclists that have been killed or injured riding on the roads and in traffic.

Brady said she hasn't heard of any deaths to cyclists in Boise this year, but she said that in the past week alone three people have told her stories of being hit by a car.

"And all three of those didn't turn it into the police because it was a hit-and-run," Brady said. "I don't care if you didn't get hurt, or if you don't have insurance or if the driver ran away. We have to get that information out there. We don't have anything fresh to memorialize this year, though, and I'm very thankful for that."
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