Calling Out the Bikers


In today's BW we call out Boise bicyclists for not demanding attention and rights. But perhaps we jumped the gun a little bit. Today we find out about two events that could start to shift the focus, though the first one starts out as a silent ride.

On July 6, bikers will gather at 5:30 pm on Smith Street south of Hill Road where Kevin Pavlis was killed, and ride in silence to Boise City Hall.

In a Ride of Silence cyclists take to the roads in a slow, silent procession to honor cyclists who have been killed while cycling on public roadways. The Ride of Silence is a free ride that asks its cyclists to ride no faster than 12 mph and remain silent during the ride. The ride will be escorted by the Boise Police Department.

At 6:00 there will be a rally for bike safety at City Hall including including family members of lost cyclists, Boise Mayor Dave Bieter, Roadway Safety Instructors and a chance for every cyclist to introduce himself to the community.

The Silent Ride and rally is organized by the SouthWest Idaho Cycling Association's Kurt Holzer, whom we spoke to for our story.

And via the Facebook, on July 16 at 7 p.m. at the Falcon Tavern, 705 West Bannock St., there will be a panel discussion on rules and rights of the road with:

Senator Elliot Werk — Idaho State Senator, District 17
Kristin Armstrong — ‘08 Olympic Gold Medalist, Women’s Time Trial
Sergeant Clair Walker — Bike Patrol, Boise Police Department
Officer Anthony Dotson — Boise Police Department
Thomas J. Lloyd III — Attorney, Johnson & Monteleone, L.L.P.

So the action continues... citydesk will bring you all the Boise biker news that's fit to blog.