Bikes

Ada County Highway District

A new online map is giving Boise bicyclists a break during a time when many of their preferred pathways are closed.

Bikers have faced challenges since much of the Boise Greenbelt closed down due to the flooded Boise River. Though the water is receding, many parts of the 25-mile pathway were damaged by extensive flooding and remain closed.

Finding alternate routes around the handy bike path has been tough, but the Ada County Highway District has a new online map to help.

Boise Bike Project

The Boise Bicycle Project is looking for kids to who want their own dream bike. It’s the nonprofit group’s 10th Annual Kid’s Bike Giveaway.

The goal is to give away over 400 bikes to kids who may not otherwise have access to a bicycle. They’ll also get a helmet, lock and safety lesson from the Boise Police Department.

The Project refurbishes donated bicycles and gives them away in the community.

Redfish Lake Camera Screengrab

Sawtooth National Recreation Area officials are planning a 4.5-mile bike trail to connect the city of Stanley to Redfish Lake.

The Times-News reports that as soon as 2018 work could begin on the new trail, which would connect Stanley's Pioneer Park to the popular lake.

Planning for the new trail began in 2013 after the recreation area purchased a trail easement through a private ranch in the north third of the proposed trail route.

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Anyone with an idea about bike lanes in downtown Boise is invited to voice their opinion at City Hall at 5:00 p.m. The Ada County Highway District (ACHD) will host an open house Wednesday in Boise to go over four options for expanded bike lanes in the city’s downtown. Ada County Commissioner Paul Woods says the goal is to get as many people as possible to attend.

Boise GreenBike Faces Fewer Riders During Winter

Nov 20, 2015
Boise Green Bike Rack Grove
Lacey Daley / Boise State Public Radio

This summer was quite successful for the new bike share program in downtown Boise called Boise GreenBike. Riders pedaled more than 27-thousand miles on the bikes, taking more than 10,000 trips. But now that the seasons are changing and temperatures are dropping, the bikes are staying on the racks.

It’s probably no surprise no one wants to ride a bike as much when it’s 40 degrees outside and raining. Out of the 114 bikes in the Boise GreenBike network, only 20 or so are getting a ride each day. That’s according to the director, Dave Fotsch.

Boise GreenBike
Scott Graf / Boise State Public Radio

Three months in, riders using Boise's GreenBike program have made almost 5,000 trips on the bikes.

Dave Fotsch is the director of the program. He says almost 2,000 people have used the bikes since the program started in April. GreenBike lets people rent bikes around town, and is meant to improve the environment and users' health.

“Ridership has been good, and we’ve generated about $24,000-$25,000 from membership and ridership," says Fotsch. "But I would like to see higher numbers for both of those categories.”

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A new look at bicycle crash data shows 1,195 people have been involved in crashes in Ada County since 2007. Most were in Boise. Eleven of those crashes resulted in the death of the cyclist.