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Note: The Almighty Bicycle


A couple of months ago, I was explaining to someone why I chose not to put an offer on a house in the Cole and Ustick area. I liked the house just fine, I explained, but the one thing that really bothered me was that I wasn't comfortable riding my bike from there to work through the heavily trafficked Northview or Chinden areas. He laughed at me. Basing an important decision like a house purchase on something as silly as my bike was ridiculous to him. Heck, cycling to work, no matter how far the distance, was ridiculous to him. Some people prefer four wheels and power steering. That's great, but let's just hope they're making room on the road for all those people who prefer two wheels and handlebars.

This edition of Boise Weekly is a little ditty I like to call the "bike-heavy issue." We've put it together in conjunction with Boise Bike Week, which happens Sunday, May 16-Saturday, May 22. For a list of events, turn to Page 18, where you'll find a box highlighting rides, parades, parties and seminars. In the main feature, you'll read about Idaho's bike laws and how they are changing in order to promote road sharing. And in Rec, things get a little wacky with a look at concept bicycles on Page 35 and an expert mountain bike trail in Play. Into the road races, alley cats and trail treks? Check out the all-bike Rec Listings on Page 36, and read about the art/sport/job of bike messengering in Citizen on Page 11.

Beyond bike-related content in this edition, you'll find volume two of our new Business section. On the serious side, Business Editor Zach Hagadone examines the idea some Idaho lawmakers are floating about instituting a sound money system, and on the not-so-serious side, Hagadone chats up local bands about the business of touring in a slow economy.

And if you haven't been to boiseweekly.com lately, you've missed a couple of cool things. We're getting serious about video, and I'd highly recommend checking out our video interview with Boise author Brady Udall, as well as footage of his recent reading of The Lonely Polygamist at Rediscovered Bookshop. Calendar Guru Josh Gross and Videographer Blair Davison have been hitting the bar scene to race goldfish, compete in tricycle races and interview the two bartenders voted hottest in the city by BW readers. Check it all out on Cobweb at boiseweekly.com.