by Andrew Crisp
Boise can become a bit friendlier to bike riders and commuters. That's according to Boise Bicycle Project Executive Director Jimmy Hallyburton, who's encouraging Idaho organizations and companies to apply to become officially named "bicycle friendly."
Criteria for the designation includes providing resources for cyclists and information for those considering commuting by bike.
"A real simple one for people is to have bike racks in front of your business, a bike pump and a toolkit somewhere in the shop, and then to promote bicycle events. Those are the three easiest things to do," said Hallyburton.
Businesses, universities and whole communities can apply, for free, and achieve bronze, silver, gold or platinum designation as bicycle friendly. Many components to reach those designations cost nothing, according to Hallyburton.
"Boise Bicycle Project is a gold, and we're the only gold bicycle friendly business in the state. And we're actually one of only about 25 gold friendly businesses in the all of the United States," said Hallyburton.
Lack of on-site shower facilities is the only element keeping BBP from the rare platinum designation, of which there are fewer than 10 in the U.S., he said. Many Boise businesses, he believes, could fill out an application and easily achieve a bronze designation.
So far, the number of businesses who have signed on include large corporations like Idaho Power, and smaller businesses like advertising agency Drake Cooper. Hallyburton envisions BBP as serving companies by helping to encourage more applicants.
Hallyburton's also hoping to help the city organize a year-round Cycling Advisory Committee, which would spearhead the lengthy process for the Boise community as a whole to achieve bike friendly status.