'Be Idle Free' Campaign Launched

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It's official. The City of Boise launched its anti-idling campaign today.

Public Works Director Neal Oldemeyer and Boise Mayor Dave Bieter unveil sign at Tablerock, overlooking Boise valley
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  • Public Works Director Neal Oldemeyer and Boise Mayor Dave Bieter unveil a sign at Tablerock, overlooking Boise valley.

Unveiling its official sign, which reads "Turn your key, be idle free boise.org," Boise Mayor Dave Bieter and Public Works director Neal Oldemeyer announced what they call an "awareness campaign," beginning with 50 signs to be posted around downtown loading zones. The campaign comes in the wake of meetings with focus groups of citizens and commercial partners including Allied Waste and United Water.

"We added idle reduction technology to 90 of our 100 front line trucks," said Dave Fisher, Allied general manager. "The technology kills the engine after three minutes of idling."

According to Public Works, idling for more than a few seconds uses more fuel than restarting the engine, and idling for five minutes less per day could save the average driver around $30 in gas pear year, equal to around half a tank.

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