At the beginning of 2014, the city of Boise agreed to create a 10-member Mayor's Bicycle Advisory Committee, as part of its application to be named a "Bicycle Friendly Community" by the League of American Bicyclists. The idea was to formalize feedback and recommendations to Boise Mayor Dave Bieter and the City Council.
And this coming Tuesday, Dec. 16, the advisory committee will report to the City Council on its accomplishments of the past 12 months and its recommendations for the next 12, and beyond.
Among its listed accomplishments:
- Approval of the Boise Bike Share Program (to launch in the spring of 2015)
- Weekly, free bike commuting classes available through the Boise Bicycle Project
- Fourth highest for most Bike Friendly businesses
And among its recommendations:
- Creation of a webpage, featuring laws, maps, resources and safety videos
- Creation of tangible goals to increase ridership (in particular they're targeting a 50 percent increase of bike commuting by 2016 and 100 percent by 2020)
- Exploration of an ordinance that would incentivize the construction of bike facilities such as showers, secure/covered bike racks, and other amenities.