Cyclists Gather to Discuss Bike Safety


Photo courtesy Frankie Barnhill/Boise State Public Radio

Advocacy groups gathered the evening of Nov. 6 to discuss road safety and a path forward for Boise's cycling community in the wake of two recent cycling-related deaths, Boise State Public Radio reports.

The meeting, which took place at the Boise Bicycle Project, brought together members of the Treasure Valley Cycling Alliance, the Boise Police Department, the Ada County Highway District and others. They met to discuss education campaigns which would make roads safer for all users and to increase awareness of the issues surrounding non-motorized use of Boise's thoroughfares. 

"I wanted to cry actually, because I've wanted this to happen for a very long time. That all of the entities come together—police, county, city, state, clubs, advocacy, schools—and sit down and have a meeting," said Lisa Brady of the Treasure Valley Cycling Alliance. 

Just hours later, at 8:33 a.m. the morning of Thursday, Nov. 7, a cyclist struck a pickup near the corner of 10th and Miller streets in downtown Boise. Police confirmed the cyclist rode through a stop sign, striking the door of the truck. The cyclist was not injured, though cited for a stop sign violation. According to BPD spokeswoman Lynn Hightower, the driver of the pickup then gave the cyclist a ride home.

Boise Weekly has followed public and official reaction to the spate of vehicle-on-bike collisions, including the deaths of Victor Haskell and James Kelly. To make the downtown core safer, earlier this year the city of Boise and ACHD  worked together on a downtown plan that would turn several one-way streets into two-way streets and install roundabouts at key junctures to slow traffic, as well as allocating space for designated bicycle lanes.