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ACHD is taking public input on Capitol Boulevard from the Depot to the future Royal Blvd intersection. Whether you use Capitol regularly or simply want to encourage ACHD to make walking and biking safer, please go online and take their survey or send them comments. The comment period closes November 18th.
Concept 1: Center Running Bike Lane – This approach can work when connected with a larger network design, but that is not the case here. As a result, in this concept the connectivity bicyclists is quite poor at every access point. With no connection to Capitol north of the river, this option presumes they want to exit to the Greenbelt and 8th Street. If they don’t, they must use a vehicle lane.
Concept 2: One-Way Protected Bike Lanes – This is our preferred proposal. It provides the best connectivity and separation of modes. However, this option will need a clear transition for both cyclists and motorists where it merges with the bike lane on Capitol north of the river.
Concept 3: Shared Use Paths (in place of sidewalks) – This approach works best when the pathway is at least 12’, with one-half dedicated to people on bikes and one-half to people walking. It would need to integrate well into the larger bike and roadway network with crossings and connections on and off the street for bikes. It should be designed so that people on bikes are not required to cross at traffic signals as pedestrians. For safe and clear connectivity, this concept needs to continue on the east side all the way to the bike lane on Capitol north of the river.
Concept 4: Two-way protected bike lane – This concept does not connect well to the bike lane, Capitol, BSU, or for people biking to and from the pathway on Federal Way or north on Vista.
The Surgeon General of the United States is kicking off a new nationwide Call to Action this morning, aiming to help Americans lead healthier lives—by making walking and physical activity built-in features of more of our neighborhoods. Click here for more information.
Do you live in Boise’s Central Bench neighborhood? If so, we’d love for you to join us for this Placemaking Workshop which will focus on the old Franklin School parcel. We hope to collect community input and ideas for the future development of the site.
When: Tuesday, July 21st, from 7-8pm
Where: Old Franklin School site
Placemaking is a multi-faceted approach to planning, design, and management of public spaces. Placemaking capitalizes on a local community’s assets, inspiration, and potential, with the intention of creating public spaces that promote people’s health, happiness, and well-being.
If you want to help shape your community and neighborhood please join us for this important exercise. No need to bring anything but your thoughts and ideas. Please RSVP by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. More information here.
What: Conversation with Anne Canby
When: Monday July 20 at 4:00 PM
Where: COMPASS, 700 NE 2nd St, Meridian, in the COMPASS Board Room
OneRail is a diverse coalition of rail interests that works to educate elected officials and the public about the benefits of a strong freight and passenger rail system. Railroads are a critical element of our national transportation system. OneRail supports policies that expand passenger train options, critical freight rail network capacity, and intermodal connectivity in our national transportation system to maximize transportation options for all Americans.
Presented by: Idaho Smart Growth and Hosted by: COMPASS
Anne P. Canby has extensive experience in the transportation industry, having served as Secretary/Commissioner for DE & NJ state transportation departments, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Department of Transportation, and Treasurer of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA). She currently leads OneRail, a coalition of freight and passenger rail interests seeking to expand the role of rail in the nation’s transportation system. Previously, she led the Surface Transportation Policy Project (STPP).
Her work has focused on policy, program, budget, and management issues as well as coalition building and advocacy for a balanced transportation system. In addition to her agency work, she has undertaken consulting assignments for numerous transportation agencies. She has served as a member of the executive committee or board of numerous transportation organizations, including the Transportation Research Board, AASHTO, and NASTO. She is currently serves on the Board of the Mineta Transportation Institute at San Jose State University. She is a recipient of numerous awards, including the Carey Distinguished Service Award from the Transportation Research Board.
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As part of building healthier communities in Idaho we have been looking at ways to promote the use of renewable energy. Idaho Power’s Green Power Program provides a way of offsetting the power produced by dams and coal with solar and wind energy. We decided to partner with Radio Boise, southwest Idaho’s community radio station, to get the word out to the largest possible audience. Radio Boise’s broadcast transmission uses a lot of energy—nearly as much as 5 homes. ISG is covering the cost premium to purchase renewable energy credits (RECs) to match that with 100% renewable energy! This means that ISG has now made Radio Boise the greenest radio station in Idaho! It also means that we are keeping 41 tons of CO2 out of our atmosphere–the equivalent of taking 7 cars off the road. And we receive radio underwriting credits that allow us to get our message about smart growth to a potential audience of more than 400,000 people.
The summit will take place on April 20th and 21st at the Boise State Student Union. This year’s facilitator is Tyler Norris, vice president of Total Health Partnerships at Kaiser Permanente, and the keynote speaker is Jay Connor, CEO and founder of Learning Ovations. Registration opens soon! Click here for more information.
Watch for a meeting announcement in the next week to determine how we can best support an increase that leads to a transportation system that has good travel choices for all Idahoans.
In the meantime…as the conversation heats up Idaho Smart Growth will be participating in the discussion with a coalition of likeminded organizations. We will continue to raise the needs of public transportation and walking and biking as vital to our state’s economy and quality of life for all its citizens.
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Senate Bill 1044, sponsored by Sen. Jim Guthrie, R-McCammon would prohibit cities and counties from using eminent domain to acquire property “for trails, paths, greenways or other ways for walking, running, hiking, bicycling or equestrian use, unless adjacent to a highway, road or street.” In the introduction, Sen. Guthrie characterized bicycle and pedestrian facilities as nice recreational amenities…not essential transportation infrastructure such as roads. Idaho Smart Growth knows that walking and biking are essential transportation for some Idahoans.
The bill passed the full Senate and House Local Government committees; it has not been scheduled for a floor vote. Please click here for more information on the bill.
We submitted letters in opposition to the bill to the Senate and House committees; click here to see our letter to the House Committee.