F.A.C.T.S. Begins A Process to Revise the Boise River Trail Plan
The Original Boise River Trail Plan has been the planning document that guided the growth of pathways along the Boise River. Since 2009, the document has served to coordinate growth across the cities and counties of the Treasure Valley. As time has passed and the greenbelt begins to be developed further to the west along the Boise River, there is need to update and revise the plan for the government jurisdictions who will be affected. As a result, the individuals and agencies will be contacted to enlist their participation in a planning process to produce a revised Boise River Trail Plan. The original trail plan is a good starting point to understand what the next step in the process might entail.
Idaho Statesman Article Attempts to Clarify Differences Between Laws for Cyclists and Automobiles
A recent article details the legal distinction between requirements for bicycles at stop signs and stop lights. Many people think the same laws apply to bicycles that apply to cars but in some cases there are differences in Idaho. Knowing the law can help reduce the frustrations that both drivers and riders sometimes feel. The Statesman article is here.
New Technology Uses Lasers for Visibility of Cyclists
An emerging technology that will increase the visibility of cyclists is being developed. A video describing it appears here.
Ada County Highway Department has a New Map for the Public
6/20/2017 The Ada County Highway District has just launched an online map, ready for cyclists looking for alternate routes around flood-damaged areas of the Boise River Greenbelt. It is called the map app and will be updated as routes change.
Comprehensive Pathway Map of Ada and Canyon Counties is now Available
A remarkable achievement has now become available to the public. A well researched and updated map of bicycle and walking pathways in the Ada and Canyon Counties is available on line. The Bike Walk Pathways Map is available here.
This application was created by the Community Planning Association of Southwest Idaho (COMPASS) in an effort to inform member agencies, elected officials, residents, and visitors about the existing and planned bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure within Ada and Canyon Counties. Infrastructure within this map are either existing or a reflection of local agency planning documents. Each feature on the map has additional information including name, facility type, jurisdiction, and plan source, and can be identified with a single mouse click.
Information within this application is updated biannually, during January and July of each calendar year, or as needed. There is a slight delay between infrastructure addition and map update. COMPASS makes no warranty, representation, or guarantee as to the accuracy of any information presented from this site. You should verify the accuracy of all information obtained from this web site. By using or relying on any material contained on this site, the user knowingly waives any and all claims for damages against any and all of the entities comprising COMPASS that may arise from the contained data. Planned infrastructure information has been compiled from the agencies having jurisdiction.
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Recent Drone Videos along the Boise Greenbelt
May 10, 2017
Guy Hand has produced several videos of drone flights over sections of the Boise Greenbelt. They can be found at https://vimeo.com/album/4558398.
A recent video of his shows the levee construction along the Judy Peavey-Derr section which remains at risk of flooding. Video of April 30
The River Walk in Star
The river walk is in pretty good shape.
How the Greenbelt is Doing Under the Heavy Snows of Winter.
Both commuters and recreational users have found challenges when they tried to access the pathway system since mid-December. Below are recent 1/29/2017 photos from respectively, the South side of the South channel looking east from near Eagle road and the Chevron/Tesoro trail junction on the South side of the North channel). This area is paved but not plowed.
In a city like Boise, the pathways are cleared. Kudos to the hard working guys from Boise Parks and Recreation who have tried to keep the paths as clear as possible. Apparently these guys frequently get out on the pathway at 3am to get the job done.
This is another area where a joint powers agreement between the various government entities could lead to sharing of resources and more consistency for users of the pathways.
Article on Treasure Valley Bicycle Path Beside the Railroad Tracks
A recent Idaho Statesman front page article discusses the beginning of negotiations to develop a bicycle trail from Nampa to downtown Boise.
Pathways are waiting when it snows!
Liz Paul of Community LLC wanted us to see how the pathway gets used after the snow we received in the past week. It looks like great cross country skiing. (01/04/2017)
Tom Laws, F.A.C.T.S. Board Member, Receives Important Recognition
COMPASS Associate Planner Tom Laws received the 2016 Idaho APA Planning Tool or Implementation Award on October 12, 2016 for the COMPASS bicycle and pedestrian counting project. The project is the first of its kind in Idaho and uses technology to provide accurate information about the numbers of bicyclists and pedestrians using certain routes over time. Both permanent and temporary counters have been placed along bicycle and pedestrian routes to gain a quantitative measure of pathway utilization for planning purposes.
In the linked video, Tom explains the system that is being used to measure the pedestrian and cycling traffic on pathways in the Treasure Valley.
Judy’s Path: Ada County Renames Greenbelt Path Section
Judy Peavey-Derr, a past president of the Foundation for Ada County Trail Systems (F.A.C.T.S.), was honored by the Ada County Commissioners for her advocacy that led to the extension of a portion of the Boise Greenbelt. Among other activities, she helped obtain five easements that were used to extend the Greenbelt pathway system downstream from Garden City on the south side of the Boise River.
She is pictured above at the ceremony with F.A.C.T.S. members Jerry Hastings, Scott Koberg, Gary Payne, Judy Peavey-Derr, Sharon Hubler, Jeanne Barker and Steve Noyes.
Additional content about the award can be found in Ada County Renames Pathway in Honor of Former Commissioner and in an article in the Idaho Business Review
Special Events on The Boise River Greenbelt
If you are planning a Special Event to take place in a Boise City park, please review the Boise Parks & Recreation Policies for Event Planners, and Boise City Code Title 5 Chapter 10 and Title 13 Chapter 3.
There are many events scheduled during the year and a partial list for the Boise Greenbelt appears below.
Six great routes for fall rides on the Boise River Greenbelt
Click for a link to the Idaho Statesman article
September, 27 2016
Lake Lowell Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan
The newly published Lake Lowell Area Bicycle and Pedestrian Access Plan identifies short and long-range bicycle and pedestrian facilities that will provide the public with safer and more convenient access to the area around Lake Lowell and the Refuge, which is currently served by higher speed rural roads with narrow shoulders. The increased use
of non-motorized transportation connections to the Lake Lowell area and recreation sites within the Refuge enhances the safety and visitor experience, while minimizing the need to widen rural roads. The plan also increases connectivity to and from the cities of Nampa and Caldwell and around Canyon County and provides real and effective travel mode choices. October 2, 2016
Boise Municipal Park renamed for Kristin Anderson
Three-time Olympic gold medalist Kristin Armstrong on Sunday became the latest Boise woman added to the city’s Ribbon of Jewels — a network of parks running through the city center — after Municipal Park was renamed after the cyclist.
Boise Mayor Dave Bieter unveiled the park’s new signage at Kristin’s Gold Games Celebration, a welcome home fete for Armstrong after her recent time-trial triumph at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics. The 28-acre park, located at 500 S. Walnut St., is one of Boise’s oldest.
“If it wasn’t my favorite park yesterday, it’s my favorite park today,” joked Armstrong, who also holds a Key to the City and has an 8-mile stretch of Bogus Basin Road and a 0.6-mile children’s bike trail in Boise Hills Park named for her.
For Armstrong’s friends and fans alike, the dedication seemed fitting. “You think about what is a suitable honor for someone who has accomplished this much, and a park exemplifies what she stands for,” said David Duro, president and CEO of the Treasure Valley YMCA. Duro once worked as Armstrong’s boss at the Y. He joined three local children to present Armstrong with additional awards from the organization during her celebration.
Read the full article here: http://www.idahostatesman.com/news/local/article98479352.html#storylink=cpy