Walking the Walk
Here's a whole new reason to feel guilty about driving: Boise was recently ranked as the fourth-best walking city in the country. A team of crack journalists at Prevention Magazine rearranged the list of the 100 most populous cities in the United States according to a list of criteria determined to be all-important to fostering a decent walking environment. After seeking out cities with low crime rates, mild year-round temperatures, a number of cultural attractions, high participation in recreational sports and widespread pet ownership, B-town came out behind only Portland, Colorado Springs and Madison, respectively. Number 100 is Oklahoma City, and Laredo, Texas, takes second to last place. It should come as no surprise that Boise is the only Idaho city on the list, but how did our other Northwest neighbors fare? Portland stands proud at numero uno; Spokane doesn't even make the top 100 cut; and Seattle comes in at a sluggish 22.
What Barking Spider?
The Wild Rockies mountain bike race series just released their schedule for this year's races, and it all starts with the worst-named one. The 13th Annual Barking Spider Bash is set for April 12, and organizer Darren Lightfield tells BW it's going to be a big bash this year. The race, set at the Hemingway Butte ORV area south of Nampa, has a "fun" 10.5-mile course and a "skateboard park"-style descent. The Barking Spider is the traditional start of the mountain bike race season hereabouts, and the party alone is worth attending. Find out more at WildRockies.com.