Pedal Pushers Party Down at the Boise Bike Week Block Party

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In the parking lot of the Linen Building on May 17, the Boise Bike Week Block Party drew more than 100 people together to celebrate one thing: biking. Road bikes, mountain bikes, cruisers, racing bikes, touring bikes, tandems and bike trailers lined nearby fencing and trees.

Walt Sledzieski helped organize this year’s event. He smiled as he looked around and asked, “How can you beat bicycle people?”

The event featured bike-oriented booths from local organizations like Safer Streets and Ride Idaho, a week-long ride across the state that takes place in August. One booth even sold bike art and jewelry.

“This is just a great opportunity to get all kinds of cyclists together to enjoy a great evening in Boise,” Sledzieski said.

MK Nature Center superintendent Dave Cannamela started cycling four years ago and figures he’s reached 10,000 miles since then. He attended the event to enjoy the company of like-minded people and support the bike movement.

“I’ve just broke 3,557.1 miles for the year,” Cannamela said. “Bikes are like fly rods. You can never have too many.”

But Cannamela said Boise isn’t as bike-friendly it reports to be.

“When I go past all those people just sitting in their cars, one person per car, I just think, 'What’s the rest of Boise doing?'” Cannamela said. “They don’t know what they’re missing; they don’t feel the breeze on their faces.”

Cannamela commutes to the MK Nature Center from Southwest Boise, and said the ride gives him more “think-time.”

Sledzieski said this year's Bike Week has been a success. All the events—including classes on bike maintenance and road safety, as well as a ride in silence and a mountain bike skill test—all had good turnout.

BW asked a few Block Party attendees to complete the following sentence, "Because of my bicycle ..." Check out their photos and responses after the jump.

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  • Jessica Murri
  • “I am a happier person.” -Karen Breshara (left), Boise
    “I’m not fat. I’m in good shape.” -Dennis Swift (center), Boise
    “I’m in a better mood.” -Madonna Lengerich (right), Boise

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