Saturday, April 18, 2015

Kristin Armstrong's Possible Return to the Olympics Hits Roadblock

Posted By on Sat, Apr 18, 2015 at 9:21 AM

  • Laurie Pearman
Only days after announcing  she was coming out of retirement in an effort to compete in the 2016 Summer Olympics, two-time gold medalist Kristin Armstrong received a bit of disappointing news. 

After announcing her intentions to compete in next month's Pan Am Continental Road Championships in Mexico, Armstrong learned Friday the USA Cycling selection committee had rescinded a nomination for Armstrong to compete. Armstrong was nominated based a new format crafted by USA Cycling, but learned the criteria has changed.

"Like a lot of you, I just learned that this criteria for selection had changed recently, and now USA Cycling has decided to revert to their older criteria," Armstrong wrote April 17 on her website. "If under this 'new' criteria I am not selected, I will not only fully support USA Cycling's decision but more importantly, the athletes that will be representing the USA in Mexico."

Armstrong still has an opportunity to make the field at the U.S. Championships, scheduled for Saturday, May 23 in Tennessee. If successful, Armstrong could advance to the world championships in order to accumulate enough points to make next year's Olympic team.
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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Boise GreenBike Rollout: 8 Bikes Available Now, Full Access by April 22

Posted By on Wed, Apr 15, 2015 at 3:24 PM

Passersby and attendees checked out the bikes at the Boise GreenBike rollout. - HARRISON BERRY
  • Harrison Berry
  • Passersby and attendees checked out the bikes at the Boise GreenBike rollout.
Boise GreenBike is within a week of being fully operational.

At a rollout event held in the Grove in downtown Boise, GreenBike Director Dave Fotsch told Boise Weekly that the eight bikes that were on display at the Grove station are available for checkout, and by Earth Day—Wednesday, April 22—the public will have access to all 114 bikes available through the bikeshare program.

The bikes can be found at 15 stations that are currently being installed in locations across the GreenBike service area. A smartphone application through Social Bicycles—now ready for download—allows GreenBike users to check out bicycles remotely.

The rollout was attended by stakeholders, including Boise City Council Presidet Elaine Clegg, who described Boise GreenBike as "the culmination of a lot of work we've been doing for the last few years," as well as fitting in with Boise's LIV initiative.

Representatives of GreenBike's title sponsors were also in attendance, including SelectHealth President and CEO Patricia Richards, who told the crowd that SelectHealth and fellow Boise GreenBike title sponsor Saint Luke's Health System "share a common commitment to improving health."

"It's really about taking steps toward better health," she said, referring to lifestyle choices that improve health outcomes like riding a bike to work, walking up stairs instead of taking elevators and adopting a healthful diet. "It's all about health and building healthy communities."
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Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Boise GreenBike: Equipment Has Arrived, Installation Coming Soon

Posted By on Tue, Apr 7, 2015 at 12:00 PM

Boise GreenBike equipment. The bikes themselves can be seen at the top of the picture. - DAVE FOTSCH/BOISE GREENBIKE
  • Dave Fotsch/Boise GreenBike
  • Boise GreenBike equipment. The bikes themselves can be seen at the top of the picture.

Boise GreenBike has been teasing its rollout for some time, but it wasn't until a photo of the bikes and related equipment showed up online that the imminence of a rideshare program in Boise hit home.

The photo shows kiosk and station parts wrapped in plastic, strapped to shipping palettes and sitting in a warehouse. According to Valley Regional Transit, the bikes arrived March 30. GreenBike organizers had hoped to have the bikes on the street in time for Treefort Music Fest, but a labor dispute at the Port of Portland, which has also affected agricultural shipments at the Port of Lewiston, delayed the rollout.

Now, Dave Fotsch, executive director at Boise GreenBike, hopes to begin installing kiosks and stations at numerous locations across Boise as early as next week.

Got another shipment of bike share stuff today. These are the physical parts of the station hubs; racks, base plates, kiosks, map/ad panels. Can't wait to get these on the ground!

Posted by Boise Bike Share on Monday, April 6, 2015

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Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Slideshow: Boise GreenBike Pedals Toward Debut

Posted By on Wed, Apr 1, 2015 at 11:11 AM

  • Harrison Berry
Passersby may have noticed a slew of new signs indicating that bike share stations will be coming soon to downtown Boise. 

After multiple setbacks over the past few years, Boise GreenBike, formerly known at Boise Bike Share, is getting closer to what organizers are hoping adds another effective way to get around downtown. While organizers hoped to have the stations installed and bikes ready for checkout ahead of the Treefort Music Fest, the signs are an indication that though delayed, the rollout date for the program is fast approaching.

“We still have some gears in motion, but we are hopeful to have the system up and running by the end of April,” said Dave Fotsch, Director of Boise GreenBike.

Those gears still turning are centered around the electronic components that will go into the stations and bikes themselves. Delivery of those key elements will be occurring within the next few weeks. After that, Organizers hope to install the kiosks and stations themselves by the week of April 13.

Bikes will be positioned at stations in 15 locations across downtown Boise. Bikes are listed online, and each is outfitted with a GPS beacon, so members can find bikes close to them, even if they're not parked in a main station. Users can then reserve bikes online or on the new Boise GreenBike app. Lastly, riders enter their specific pin number, remove the lock, and ride. The program has a tiered fee structure as well as monthly and yearly rates. Student discounts are available for Boise State University and University of Idaho students.
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Friday, February 13, 2015

Take a Look at the New Boise Bike Share Design

Posted By on Fri, Feb 13, 2015 at 2:24 PM

Last September, Boise Bike Share Program Director Dave Fotsch dropped BWHQ to show off a demo bike. It had three speeds, a dynamo drive, a cushy seat and a rollout date of sometime ahead of Treefort Music Fest—March 25-29, 2015.

Fotsch and Boise Bike Share have faced setbacks before. At a 2013 COMPASS meeting, members of the Ada County Highway District swept away $326,000 in FY2015 funding for the program that would put rental bike stations across downtown Boise. Now, the program rollout is being delayed by a massive dock workers lockout that has effectively stalled overseas imports, and there's no end to the lockout in sight. Fotsch said he now expects to see bikes hit the streets sometime in April, but "right now, the bikes are on a boat coming from China."

That's the bad news for BBS. The good news is, BW has obtained a mockup of the new bikes. They'll be painted Saint Luke's blue and Select Health green to match the nonprofit's new corporate sponsors, and emblazoned with the program's new name, "Boise GreenBike." BBS is also looking to rent space downtown to house its repair and maintenance operations, and will interview applicants for an open service manager position. That position closes Friday, Feb. 20.

Now, Fotsch is "geotagging" kiosk and station locations, logging them with the GPS tracking devices that will be affixed to each BBS bike. The idea is to charge patrons extra for parking the bikes at non-geotagged areas like bike racks and fences, though the number of kiosks—transaction facilities that give bike access to short-term users—has doubled thanks to approximately $57,000 in funding through the Boise City Council from five kiosks to 10, in addition to the 14 BBS stations already planned. 

Despite some setbacks, Fotsch still has optimism—and a sense of humor—about BBS Year 1. His goal for 2015 is to see riders make 25,000 unique trips using BBS bikes to match the number of trips taken on GREENBikes in Salt Lake City, Utah. 

"We should be able to reach that number if we roll out by September," Fotsch joked. 
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Friday, December 19, 2014

ACHD Announces New Capitol Boulevard Bike Lanes in Downtown Boise

Posted By on Fri, Dec 19, 2014 at 10:35 AM

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The Ada County Highway District announced this morning the completion of a new network of a northbound bicycle lane and "sharrows" on Capitol Boulevard in downtown Boise.

But people who live, work and commute downtown have likely noticed that the lanes are nothing new, having been painted soon after the completion of scheduled maintenance on Capitol Boulevard Oct. 27.

According to ACHD communications specialist Nicole Pineda, though the project of painting lanes and "sharrows"—symbols indicating that roadways are to be shared by motorists and cyclists—began in November, it wasn't until Dec. 14 that the final touches were made, bringing the project to completion. 

"We had a few hiccups," Pineda said, referring to the November snowstorm that left the new road surface covered in moisture and sand particles, delaying the re-striping of the road.

The new lanes were created by narrowing existing motor traffic lanes.

According to Pineda, the bike lane stakeholder group was consulted regarding the dimensions of the new bike routes.
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Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Criminal Charges Filed In Connection With September Crash That Injured Boise Cyclist

Posted By on Tue, Dec 2, 2014 at 1:03 PM

A Middleton man faces a charge of reckless driving in connection with a September accident that seriously injured a cyclist.

Sept. 16, Boise triathlete 32-year-old Rachel Corey was on a training ride near Pleasant Valley and Gowen roads when she was struck by a northbound sedan. Correy was seriously injured in the collision. 

Boise City prosecutors said a review of the accident found evidence that the driver operated his motor vehicle carelessly and heedlessly, without due caution, and at a speed likely to endanger others.

Marc Law, 30, of Middleton has been charged with reckless driving, which is punishable by up to six months behind bars and a fine of $1,000.

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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

ACHD Seeks Public Input on Bench-Access Bike Lane Projects

Posted By on Tue, Nov 25, 2014 at 3:25 PM

The Ada County Highway District wants your help.

The public is being encouraged to participate in an ACHD poll - which is live until Friday, December 12 - designed to gauge public reaction to the prospect of continuous sidewalks and bike lanes along Americana Boulevard and Emerald Street between Orchard Street and Ann Morrison Park.

Other aspects of the project include conducting a traffic study to determine whether the corridor can support car traffic demand in the event that building sidewalks and bike lanes requires a reduction in the number of automobile traffic lanes.

According to a schedule on the ACHD website, traffic analyses and the public survey will be conducted this year, with project concepts being developed in early 2015. After a public open house, at which the public can provide feedback on the project, the project will be taken to the ACHD Commission for approval or disapproval sometime in the spring of 2015. 

The survey is available here.
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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Big Changes Coming to Two Streets in Downtown Boise This Week

Posted By on Wed, Oct 29, 2014 at 10:26 AM

Two roads in downtown Boise will change from one-way streets to two-way streets by Friday.

As part of the Downtown Boise Implementation Plan, 11th and 12th streets will be converted on Friday, Oct. 31, and Thursday, Oct. 30, respectively.

The changes are designed to slow traffic along downtown thoroughfares, making it more bicycle and pedestrian friendly. But more changes are coming to downtown Boise streets between now and mid-November, including one-way to two-way conversions on Third and Fourth streets between Main and State streets, and Jefferson Street between First and Fourth streets. 

Signal changes and additions will also accompany the traffic changes on Third Street at Main and Idaho streets, on 11th Street between Main and State streets, and 12 Street between Main and Idaho streets.
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Saturday, October 25, 2014

Boise Bike Share Launches Downtown Employee Transportation Survey

Posted By on Sat, Oct 25, 2014 at 11:11 AM

Boise Bike Share, which is poised to put kiosks full of public bicycles in locations from Boise State University to the Boise Co-op, has released a survey designed to gauge the transportation habits of people who work downtown.

In its recently released Boise Downtown Employee Survey, BBS has set out to collect data on downtown employees most recent trips, modes of transpiration, duration and distance of trips and feelings of safety using different modes of transportation. The survey takes about five minutes to complete and is anonymous.

BBS recently showed off its demo bike at Boise Weekly headquarters, as well as the locations of its bike kiosks, which should be ready to roll in spring 2015.

Here's the catch: The survey will only be available until Friday, Oct. 31—Halloween night—so jump on it.
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