News from Citydesk last week reported that after a relatively quiet 2010 thus far in the ongoing battle for the road between cyclists and cars, Boise had two incidents.
From News Editor George Prentice:
"On Monday, July 5, a Boise man was charged with striking a cyclist with his car and fleeing the scene of the accident at the intersection of Boise and Broadway. The cyclist suffered non-life-threatening injuries.
"Tuesday night, a Boise woman was charged with failing to yield and not having insurance. Police say the woman's minivan struck a cyclist at Orchard and Irving. The cyclist sustained serious injuries, including a broken leg."
Last summer, three cyclists died in Boise after being struck by cars. Two of the drivers were convicted of misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter. The third driver was not convicted of a crime because the cyclist was found to be at fault for crossing against a red light into the path of traffic.
In more upbeat bicycling news, cyclists will completely take over the streets of downtown Saturday, July 17. Nope, it's no critical mass. It's the annual Twilight Criterium, which attracts racers from all over the world to compete for the $20,000 purse. Olympian Kristin Armstrong will take a lap around the course with kids ages 5 to 10 at 2 p.m. Registration is required for kids to participate, but the ride is free. Visit boisetwilightcriterium.com and click on "kids." For more info on the criterium, see Page 16.
Now that Boise Rec Fest founder Brett Adler has had a few weeks to chill out after the first rec-obsessed riverside party he threw a few weekends back in Ann Morrison Park, BW caught up with him to ask if Boise can expect to see an encore next summer. Adler said in fact he has already begun work on the planning for Boise Rec Fest 2011.
"We learned a lot from the first year and plan to make improvements for next year, including tightening up the layout so things aren't so spread out, moving the food court so it's more accessible to the exhibit area, and improving our training for security volunteers," said Adler. "And we hope that more organizations will be able to join us for next year's festival."
Boise Weekly spent two days at Rec Fest handing out thousands--literally--of red BW Frisbees. We also dished out a decent number of red BW stickers to people who wanted to ... ahem, modify ... the Frisbees they'd picked up at other booths.
If you didn't get one of our snazzy tomato red dog- and kid-friendly Frisbees, you'll have another chance at See Spot Walk on Saturday, Oct. 23.