Call it what you will, the City of Trees is a city of cyclists--even in the most inclement of weather, bikes and bike riding are never far from Boiseans' minds. That's more true now than ever: With a slew of recent car-on-bicycle accidents--including one fatality--and infrastructure changes designed to make Boise a more rider-friendly place, this year's Boise Bike Week comes at a particularly important time for the two-wheeled set. Here are a few things you should know going into this week's celebration of all things cycling.
Boise Bike Week
Whether bikes are your passion or your occasional pleasure, the 12th annual Boise Bike Week, which runs from Saturday, May 10-Saturday, May 17 (plus May 19), is chock full of new events to suit riders of every stripe.
For the first time in the history of Bike Week, Idaho Smart Growth is sponsoring Neighborhood to Market, a group ride that begins at 10 a.m. in multiple locations across Boise and ends at nearby farmers markets. For more information about where groups are meeting and to which markets they're traveling, call Deanna Smith at 208-333-8066. If your ride takes you to the Capital City Public Market, be sure to cruise by the bike corral manned by the Treasure Valley Cycling Alliance.
Riders don't also have to be globetrotters to fill out passports, starting at Highlands Hollow Monday, May 12, at 7:30 p.m. That's where Boiseans can pedal for brews with the Trail of Beers, a beer passport program in which riders visit 12 local brewpubs over the course of the week, getting their passports stamped for deals on drinks while entering to win beer-related prizes. The parking lot will be closed for a party featuring live music by Random Canyon Growlers. Other pubs on the list include Bier:Thirty, The River Room at Whole Foods, Payette Brewing Co., Crooked Fence Brewing and Woodland Empire Ale Craft. Trail of Beers concludes Monday, May 19, at Payette Brewing Co., where half of all beer proceeds will benefit the Idaho Pedestrian and Bicycle Alliance.
One of the stops on the Trail of Beers is Sockeye Brewing. Cruise by between 6:30-9 p.m. Thursday, May 15, to get your card stamped and be one of the first in town to try out a Bike Week-inspired brew at the SWIMBA Trail Digger Release Party.
Learn about one of the most grueling bike treks in North America on Friday, May 16, when rider Michaedl "Mac" McCoy gives a presentation on the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route, which he helped pioneer. The route follows the North American continental divide from Banff, Canada, to Antelope Wells, N.M., near the U.S. border with Mexico. The ride is almost 2,800 miles long--73 of which are in Idaho--and more than 200,000 feet of total elevation gain. McCoy's talk will take place at Boise Bicycle Project beginning at 7 p.m.