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.

River Trails in Eagle as of 7/18/2017

Steve Noyes, the City of Eagle Trails Coordinator provided the following information.

Below is a quick JPG showing what is now open along the North Channel. Please let me know if you need more information about specific areas. He would appreciate any updates you can provide us regarding connecting pathways.

In anticipation of the possible reopening of the pathway adjacent Sunroc, which will allow traffic to flow towards Eagle Road, we are focusing on the trail that runs behind Laguna Point Development on the south side of the South Channel, but this natural surface trail, which passes through wetlands has suffered major damage, so we don’t expect reopening soon.  Mid-August is our working estimate at this time.

As of 7/17/17 the following trails have been reopened (Marked in yellow in the attached/included image):

  • All main greenbelt trails on the north side of the North Channel from the Garden City Border to Ballantyne Lane
  • All main greenbelt trails on the south side of the North Channel from River’s End Subdivision to the far west end of Mace River Ranch Subdivision (including the Merrill Bridge)

WARNING: Many areas on these reopened trails have sustained damage from flooding. The largest areas of damage have been delineated using various methods of warning signage, but hazards exist that are not marked.  River banks have been eroded so that they are closer to the pathways than in previous years. Higher than normal downed trees have been reported and removed, but more are expected to fall due to bank saturation. Debris from flooding still exists in many areas. Trail users should use caution and report any new or unsafe conditions that they encounter.

Many natural surface trails remain closed. They include but are not limited to:

  • Laguna Point Trail on the south side of the South Channel
  • Two Rivers trails
  • Hiking trails south of the greenbelt on the north side of the North Channel

Main access to these areas have been barricaded with warning signage and are checked periodically.

New Trail is Under Consideration for Lucky Peak Dam Area

7/18/2017 Input on a new trail from Lucky Peak Dam to the Chimney Rock park area is being sought. The Southwest Idaho Mountain Biking Association, a non-profit organization, would provide volunteer labor and equipment for construction of the proposed trail. Additional information is available in an Idaho Statesman article at the following link.

Video of Plantation Island Damage from the Flood

This video shows how the river has undercut the Boise Greenbelt on Plantation Island

Drone footage of Plantation Island

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.

Have a question? Find an error or something missing?

Please send feedback to Tom Laws, 208-475-2233 or

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

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

Map of Greenbelt Closures as of May 5, 2017

The following link shows the few sections of the greenbelt that have not been closed.

May 3 Greenbelt Map

Boise River Flooding

The current conditions along the Boise River and the associated greenbelt are best characterized as a flood watch. The following  websites provide information to keep you current about the situation. Most of the Boise Pathway is now closed due to the flood waters. Aerial Photos of the river as of 4/5/2017 included

The River Walk in Star

The river walk is in pretty good shape with just a few short areas with a little mud.


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.

Requirements for all Special Events:

There are many events scheduled during the year and a partial list for the Boise Greenbelt appears below.

The current schedule of special events

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

A copy of the plan is available here


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.

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