"It's always a good day when you can get there on two wheels, on your own power," said Annie Black, who sat with her two children, Grant and Thor.
The weather was overcast, however, and so was the mood, in light of the deaths of several bicyclists and pedestrians in the preceding weeks. Since the beginning of April, there have been at least nine reported collisions between motorists, cyclists and pedestrians that have resulted in injury or death. Earlier this week, Boise Bike Week organizers held a ride of silence to honor those who have died on Boise roads in the past year.
The rash of collisions had some at the Ride to Work Day event concerned about bike culture and the relationship between cyclists and other road users.
- Harrison Berry
- The Boise Co-op provided coffee, breads, pastries and other treats for commuters on Ride Your Bike to Work Day.
Black said there was tension between some road users, but that tension might diminish if cyclists and motorists got to know each other better.
"I would introduce drivers to bikers to create a common understanding," she said. "It's not about who rules the road."
Caroline Rea, who works from home but rode her bike to the Co-op to participate. She's from Scotland, where she said "everybody grew up cycling." The big difference between the United States and other places she has lived, she said, is that Americans tend to lean on one mode of transportation above all others.
"Everybody's so reliant on their cars," she said.
For others, however, the event is the kickoff for the seasons when it's easier to transition from riding one's car to work to riding a bike.
"I love Bike Week because it gets me excited for biking in the summer," said Hegerle.