Monday, October 21, 2013

Toy Machine Skateboard Team to Visit Treasure Valley

Posted By on Mon, Oct 21, 2013 at 2:00 PM


Skateboard company Toy Machine, known for the unusual graphic art that graces its skate decks, is coming to the Treasure Valley.

Friday, Oct. 25, Team Toy Machine, including longtime graphic artist Ed Templeton, Leo Romero, Collin Provost and others, visits Prestige Skateboards, located at 106 S. 11th St., at 4 p.m. for in-store product signing, a costume contest and giveaways. Following the event at Prestige, the party moves to The Crux, located at 1022 W. Main St., at 9 p.m., when there will be performances by Josh Harmony, Jon Mehring and TRAVESURA.

Saturday, Oct. 26, the whole team travels to Caldwell's Pipe Dreams Skate Park on Smeed Parkway, where there will be Toy Machine, Foundation, Dekline Footwear, Pig Wheels and Bro Style giveaways.

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Monday, December 24, 2012

Video: Startup Lets Users Rent Their Cars to Strangers

Posted By on Mon, Dec 24, 2012 at 8:00 AM

Care to rent Damiens Peugeot?
  • Buzzcar
  • Care to rent Damien's Peugeot?

In Boise, car-sharing programs aren't new.

Enterprise piloted a Nissan Cube into downtown Boise as part of its WeCar program, and Boise State University features a fleet of four vehicles available through ZipCar.

Now, Robin Chase, the founder of ZipCar, has launched a new venture to take car sharing a step further, morphing it into a communal system. In a TED talk published Dec. 17, Chase outlines her French company Buzzcar, a startup that helps users loan out their own cars to strangers.

In true TED fashion, Chase's presentation isn't just about Buzzcar—though she talks about the unique situation of insuring the vehicles—but also about how the business differs from a model of "industrial production," creating instead "peer production," in which resources are shared among communities.

Would you loan out your car to make a quick buck? Check Chase's presentation below.

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Thursday, October 18, 2012

Need Something To Do Thursday?

Posted By on Thu, Oct 18, 2012 at 6:00 AM


As the weather goes cooler, all but the most die-hard bicycle commuting enthusiasts will begin to search for their long-lost car keys. The return to automobiles also means the return to oil changes, tire checks and other fun car-maintenance stuff, which can be confusing and expensive.

Today, you can get an insider look at cars and become less reliant on what a mechanic tells you with the Better Business Bureau's Car Confidence 101 class. From 6-8 p.m., BBB-accredited auto mechanics will provide tips on a variety of subjects, including a breakdown of the parts of a car.

The class costs $15 and will be held at the Micron Center for Professional Technical Education on the College of Western Idaho campus in Nampa.

Call Beve Bryant at 208-947-2107 to save a space or click here.

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Monday, July 9, 2012

Slideshow: Union Pacific Celebrates 150-Year Anniversary at Boise Depot

Posted By on Mon, Jul 9, 2012 at 2:53 PM

Union Pacific pulled a vintage 1955 General Motors E-9 locomotive into the Boise Depot on July 8 to celebrate the company's 150th anniversary.

It was April 17, 1925, when the first train pulled into the station, a Spanish mission-style building perched on the edge of Boise's bench, steam bathing the crowd of thousands. Then-Mayor E.B. Sherman presented Union Pacific President Carl R. Gray with a golden key to the city.

Eighty-seven years later, the 2,000-hp engines pulled a series of cars built in 1962 that were painted a garish yellow with the UP logo emblazoned on each. A large metal placard on the rear of the caboose read "150 Years."

Hundreds poured into the depot for elevator trips up the building's bell tower, and a line wrapped around the complex for a brief peek through one of the train's cars, a small museum on wheels. Families also ventured across Vista Avenue for a ride on a much smaller version of the E-9.

Just after noon, Boise Mayor Dave Bieter stood at the front entrance to the Boise Depot, shaking the hands of passersby.

For a slideshow of the celebration, click here.

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Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Study Says Building Bike Lanes Encourages Biking

Posted By on Tue, Apr 17, 2012 at 11:06 AM

In February, Boise Weekly published an in-depth investigation into the efficacy of Boise's safe passing distance law, which mandates that motorists must allow at least three feet of distance when passing cyclists. The general thrust of the article was that safety—for both cyclists and motorists—is better achieved through a focus on building bike lanes and paths than by passing laws so difficult to enforce that they have little hope of changing behavior.

Well, a new study in the Washington Post confirms that idea.

From the article:

In a new study in the journal Transport Policy, Ralph Buehler and John Pucher suggest that cities might actually be able to influence how many cyclists are on the road. Perhaps all they have to do is—and this shouldn’t come as a huge surprise—build more bike lanes and bike paths.

Buehler and Pucher found that the presence of off-road bike paths and on-street bike lanes were, by far, the biggest determinant of cycling rates in cities. And that’s true even after you control for a variety of other factors like how hot or cold a city is, how much rain falls, how dense the city is, how high gas prices are, the type of people that live there, or how safe it is to cycle. None of those things seem to matter quite as much. The results, the authors write, “are consistent with the hypothesis that bike lanes and bike paths encourage cycling.”

The study also lists Boise as one of the top cities for bike commuting in the country—with 3.4 percent of the population commuting by bike—which ranks us fourth, behind Minneapolis, Minn.; Madison, Wis.; and our ancient enemy, Portland, Ore.

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Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Sweden Proposes Bike Superhighway

Posted By on Tue, Feb 7, 2012 at 9:57 AM


After several consecutive years of spiking bicycle usage rates, Sweden—somewhat tired of being outclassed by its neighbors Denmark and The Netherlands—is proposing one of the most ambitious pieces of bicycle infrastructure in the world: a superhighway connecting the cities of Malmo and Lund.

The 20-mile, four-lane road would feature intersection-less on and off ramps like a car freeway, wind breaks provided from hedges and fences, and periodic air and bicycle service stations.

It is projected to cost $7.1 million and would take eight years to complete.

To many in the car-friendly United States, this seems like madness—a waste of taxpayer money to subsidize the quirky habits of health nuts. But in the cities the bicycle superhighway would connect, approximately 60 percent of the population walks, cycles or uses public transportation instead of driving. And when you compare that to the price tag of building a four-lane highway for cars, which is approximately $60 million per mile, it doesn't seem so crazy.

But the truth is that America isn't that far behind the demographic shifts. According to the U.S. Census Bureau American Community Survey, there has been more than a 40 percent increase in the number of people who cycle to work instead of drive. But cycling infrastructure doesn't get the same funding or attention domestically. Instead, much of the focus has been on putting in place "safe passing distance" legislation.

In the Wednesday, Feb. 8, edition of Boise Weekly, we will examine Boise's approach to cycling policy, and the first recorded violation of its safe passing distance legislation, more than a year after the law was passed. Stay tuned.

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Saturday, March 12, 2011

Slideshow: Roadster Show

Posted By on Sat, Mar 12, 2011 at 6:12 PM

Whether it be a classic roadster, a cherried-out sportscar or a gut-shaking, ear-deafening muscle car, some of the best in the automotive world were on display at the Boise Roadster Show. The show runs through Sunday, March 13, at Expo Idaho in Garden City.

Check out a slideshow of the event.

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Wednesday, March 9, 2011

41 Percent of Idahoans Hold a Passport

Posted By on Wed, Mar 9, 2011 at 4:09 PM

Blogger C.G.P. Grey put together a state-by-state breakdown of passport holdership.

With 41.24 percent holdership, Idaho is slightly above the middle of the pack, but we're getting our heinies hammered by New Jersey and their 68.36 percent.

We're still killing Mississippi though. Only 19.86 percent of its residents hold a passport.


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Monday, April 26, 2010

Flying Frequently Does Not A Frequent Flyer Make

Posted By on Mon, Apr 26, 2010 at 10:10 AM


One unfortunate aspect of being a Life Flight paramedic, is that neither I nor the "patients" accumulate frequent flyer miles on the job. In an uncharacteristically busy Friday afternoon, the Idaho contingent of Life Flight Network collectively logged more than 800 miles in a matter of hours. A day like this in the life of a chopper jockey, means lunchtime is a foreign concept because the only thing getting any fuel is the helicopter.

But we like to think we fly friendlier skies than United Airlines. After all, we love to fly and it shows—more than it does for Delta Airlines, even. Unlike Spirit Airlines, we don't charge extra to carry your personal items, as long as they don't push the limits of our weight and balance. Also at no additional cost, sometimes we'll even offer to transport a family member if the two of you tip the scales at less than our usable gross weight. And if you're lucky enough to still be able to enjoy the view, every seat is a window seat on the exit row.

So while I won't be jetting off to Europe on frequent flyer miles any time soon, I'll settle for more regional adventures into the Wallowa Mountains of the Eagle Cap Wilderness Area. It's the kind of terrain most people never see —except us and the bear hunters who need med-evac.

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Wednesday, March 31, 2010

The Bridge on the River, Why?

Posted By on Wed, Mar 31, 2010 at 10:51 AM

When we saw this morning that the Gray Lady’s eye had fallen on Boise’s own Vista Interchange project, our response was: “April Fools?” Turns out it was for real, despite its somewhat dubious headline: “A Bridge to Fame in Boise, Honest”.

Don’t get us wrong, we think the Vista Interchange rebuild is a pretty big deal, and made more interesting for the fact that it’s being retooled as a “single point urban interchange”—a design hitherto unknown in Idaho.

We like seeing Boise mentioned in the Times, but is the work on Vista really worthy of coverage in the nation’s newspaper of record?

Our theory is that reporter William Yardley—who was in Boise to cover Walt Minnick's attendance at the Ron Paul event on Saturday—happened past ITD’s Interstate-84 kiosk at the airport and figured he’d fire off a quickie for the folks back East.

As the saying goes: All press is good press, so chalk one up for ITD’s marketing efforts, honest.

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